Sometimes, it amuses me what bits of pop culture keep coming back around.  Some years ago, I discovered through my child’s school Halloween party that the icons of my youth (notably Optimus Prime and Snake-Eyes) had made a resurgence in popularity.  My feelings on their big dumb ridiculous stupid and bombastic new-school incarnations aside, it was kind of cool to see the kids enjoying the same bits of pop culture ephemera I grew up with, and I even had a couple of conversations about which Joes were the coolest.  As always, nobody had ever heard of my choices (except Bazooka, who makes the list for Frozen Fudgies) but it’s the kind of discussion that begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that knowledge is, reputedly, fifty percent of any given conflict, asking: Which member of the G.I. Joe team is the REAL American hero of red-laser-versus-blue-laser combat?


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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. Jarmo Seppänen on

    I base my knowledge of these guys almost solely on Larry Hama, always thought animation series was a bit too cheesy and on the nose with American exceptionalism. Pretty much any ninja gets my vote, Stprm Shadow being the best. I also liked Tunnel Rat, if we are looking for a Joe team member specifically.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    The only “Real” ones that I know about are Sgt. Slaughter and Refrigerator Perry, so I’ll go with them for a shared title of “REAL American hero of etc., etc.”

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