One of the things that made the early Marvel Universe unique was the more realistic attitudes and personalities that the Marvel heroes were given.  Some, like Ben Grimm, were curmudgeonly to the point of unpleasantness, whereas Hawkeye was a mouthy jerk and early Hulk was a fullbore hateful misanthrope.  Marvel didn’t create the ‘jerk with a heart of gold’ routine (I think Moses Horowitz might be the patron saint of the whole deal), but they helped pave the way for Boston Brand, Cliff Steele, most of the X-Men, and the walking pile of swagger and Drakkar Noir that is Guy Gardner, leading us to today’s ‘runnin’ out of you!’ query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is torn between Batman and Howard The Duck, but leans toward the one who is suave and heroic and not the one who wears the cape, asking:  Who is your favorite example of the Jerk With A Heart of Gold in fiction? (Please, no real-life examples…)

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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.

4 Comments

  1. Scrooge McDuck (Comic Version). He doesn’t like anyone, is quite rude. But, when push come to shove, he’ll help his friends.

  2. Is Malcolm Reynolds too charismatic to count? He definitely can be a dick, but maybe he’s more “thief with a hard of gold” than “jerk”

    I’d say Jayne, but he’s more like the jerk with the heart of fool’s gold… or maybe a heart of silver… probably just heart of cash, but he has moments now and then.

    Eh, I’m watching Umbrella Academy right now, so I guess I’ll just say… well… all of them really… but I’ll give it to Number Five.

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