When ya spend as much time as I do talking about, reading and researching the history of comic books and superheroes, you find a lot of one-off weirdos.  Characters who never stuck are the bulk of the comic book game, but what’s even more saddening are the failed super-teams, legions of super-types and the occasional failed fantastic foursome.  I’m still a little bummed that there weren’t more issues of Avant Guard or the AC Comics take on Charlton’s Action heroes, originally published for a hot second as the Sentinels of Justice.  Heck, even the second take on the SoJ is a forgotten road sign on the freeway of funnybook history, leading to today’s team-up query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that we’re going for versimilitude, drama and team balance, not just raw power, asking: What four superhuman characters from any era, universe or medium would you combine for the most amazing Fantastic Foursome?


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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.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    – The Gallifreyan Doctor, because the FF needs a mad scientist
    – Buffy Summers, because the scientist needs a strong reliable friend
    – Ben “Obi Wan” Kenobi, because someone has to keep a level head
    – Franklin Richards, because youthful exuberance and is it really the FF without a family tie to the original?

  2. Jason Gridley – Inventor from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar series.
    Fire (Beatriz da Costa) – From JLI (You need a hothead pyromancer)
    Madison Jeffries (Alpha Flight) – Strong man and tinkerer
    Mara Jade (Star Wars) – Because she’s cool.

  3. – Ultraman
    – Giganta
    – Colossal Boy
    – Hank Pym
    Its the “Giant-Size Super..” wait, Stan has already used that name, right?

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