I admit it:  As annoyed as I was at the efforts to make ‘Marvel Apes’ a thing, I always giggle when I hear the name Iron Mandrill.  Sure, the original series was a transparent attempt by editorial to show that it wasn’t Bob Kirman who made Marvel Zombies a phenomenon (Spoilers: It was.) and most of the monkey-and-ape aliases were dumb as a box of rocks, but Iron Mandrill is for some reason a hoot.  Some people find puns to be the lowest form of humor, but honestly, I expect that they’re the same people who get angry about the difference between “effect” and “affect”, leading to today’s primal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is only as derisive about one other comic concept, and that is the dipstickery known as Hit-Monkey, asking: Is there a better punny stupid name than ‘Iron Mandrill?’

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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