As part of my quest to find as many of the thousands of superheroes created since the 30s, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time this week trying to track down a copy of Funny Pages #36 from 1940, the only appearance of something called the Air Ranger.  I don’t even know if Air Ranger is a superhero (a similar search recently discovered that The Bullet wasn’t a costumed hero but an airplane), but part of me is incredibly frustrated at the constant File Not Found problem.  Of course, I’ve been looking for a Champ Comics #20 (the only appearance of The Green Ghost) since at least 2015, leading to today’s extinct query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would really hate it if ‘Gilligan’s Island’ disappeared, but I’m also a kid who was raised by a 24-inch Magnavox television, asking: What bit of pop culture, if lost, would be your most tragic “File Not Found”?


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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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