This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, I took a look at the 20th-anniversary issue of Michael Turner’s ‘Fathom’, and I can’t for the life of me believe that it’s been that long. Twenty years ago was 1998: The Power Rangers were in space, Titanic was still in theaters and breaking records and Superman was an energy-being, split into two different heroes, one red and one blue. (The red one was best.) Even better, Captain Sisko and the crew of Deep Space 9 were still on the air (and Jadzia was still alive for part of ‘98), leading to today’s retro query.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) encourages young Spoilerites to due a quick Googly search if you don’t remember the end of the last decade of the last century, asking: What’s your favorite “twenty years ago” pop culture memory of 1998?

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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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  1. Late December 1998, when the owner of the comic shop I frequented back then gave me pretty much every Green Lantern special that came out that year (a few mini-series, one-shots, some tie-ins and JLA stuff) that I hadn’t been able to afford. The stories were decent, but it was that simple gesture that made everything more memorable. It was a shock when I went in for my monthly visit to pick up my GL and JLA subs only to be handed this big bag stuffed with comics.

  2. I’m pretty sure it was fall of 98, I had just started my first year of high school. A game had come out that o had been looking forward for a while. Earlier that summer a 6 part mini book came with my Nintendo power and introduced me to Pokemon. I had read everything I could but those little books couldn’t prepare me fully for how much I would love Pokemon Blue. I played the hell out of that game, catching every little monster in the game and trading with a group of friends I had made cause of the game. We would play at lunch leveling, battling, trading. That was a fantastic time for me and I remember it very well, I still have my blue Gameboy Pocket and my game.

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