In the Silver Age, most of the heroes were paragons of virtue, square-jawed, two-fisted protectors of the status quo.  Stan Lee’s Marvel method changed that, opening up the world of superhumans to men and women with feet of clay, real problems and attitude issues.  Tony Stark, for instance, has always been headstrong, self-involved and autocratic.  Of course, when DC followed suit, we got a Hal Jordan who grew from non-traditional hero to rogue with a heart of gold to ‘Top Gun’-inspired insufferable putz.  But who’s the bigger jerk is in the eye of the beholder, leading us to today’s antiheroic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) isn’t entirely sure who’s the bigger jerk, but is really enjoying the current runs of both characters’ books, which are actively remedying the butt-head issues, asking: Who’s the bigger jerk: Hal “Green Lantern” Jordan or Tony “Iron Man” Stark?


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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

    Hmm, “Emerald Twilight” v. “Armor Wars.” At least Tony left the tech users alive after taking back his toys. The same can’t be said of those ring wearers after Hal got through with them. Hal for the… win?

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