Once upon a time, I stumbled across a pretty amazing comic-book find: WCW S.L.A.M. Force, a Marvel joint from around the turn of the century.  The issue features the adventures of a group of ragtag heroes (the Marvel oeuvre in a nutshell) with the gimmick being that those very X-Manny types are celebrity cameos from World Championship Wrestling’s upper echelon: Sting, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Kevin Nash, Goldberg and another character that I’m still not able to talk about without a profound sadness.  It was apparently a pack-in with S.L.A.M. Force toys, and it’s…  It’s pretty awful, you guys.  But, if nothing else, it got me to thinking about the celebrity cameo and the licensed superhero adaptation, leading to today’s as-seen-on-TV query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is still grateful to have dodged the ‘Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunters’ bullet by not yet being part of the MSP team when it was reviewed, asking: What’s your favorite celebrity cameo or celebrity-adapted pop culture experience?

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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.

5 Comments

  1. It was great when few years back they made new Tiger Mask animation series and it included several of New Japan Pro Wrestling guys as themselves, including voice acting.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    The Mr. T cartoon with its learning moments, a la G.I.Joe’s “knowing is half the battle” tops my list for celebrity adapted pop culture.

    For cameos, there’s always Neil Patrick Harris in the Harold & Kumar films, although Bill Murray in Zombieland comes in a close second.

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