Ever since the earliest days of comic books (thanks primarily to prolific comic writer and architect of many super-cool things, Gardner Fox, and his creation of Hawkman circa 1940) there have always been warriors with wings, from Centaur Comics Air-Man to Astro City’s Winged Victory and back, with a number of angels, hawks, and condors fluttering along the path.  In many ways, “havin’ big ol’ wings” is one of the archetypical super-powers, owing perhaps to the ancient legends of Icarus, and most every super-team has at least one such member aboard.  With so many around, the natural thing for us, the fans, is to figure out who’d win in a fight, which leads to today’s fine-feathered query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a dark horse candidate in mind, what with being able to fly in airless space and all that, but won’t try to influence the vote, asking: What winged warrior reins supreme in your mind?


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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 only one that ever had any resonance with me was Ostrander’s run on Hawkworld, so for that I’ll say, maybe not Katar Hol but Shayera Thal. Runner up goes to Namor, but I’m not sure that the ankle wings are in the spirit of the question.

    (As for your attempt at a dark horse candidate, because of when I came to the character, she’ll always be “Bounty” to me, lacking the wings and thus ineligible in my memory.)

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I will choose an actual person with wings and not, like a giant robot or something for this one: Probably metal wings Archangel.

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