As an Internet blowhard and historian of comics nonsense, I have opinions about the quality of discourse that surrounds our favorite fictional friends.  Witness the endless series of listicles mocking Floyd Belkin, the wannabe Legionnaire dubbed Arm-Fall-Off Boy or, in the reboot continuity, Splitter.  Designed to be a ridiculous Silver Age style one-shot joke, he has far outstripped his shelf-life and even made his way into a high-profile film outing, thanks to the power of mockery.  As joke Legionnaires go, he’s better than The Mess, not as good as Eyeful Ethel and perfectly suited for his job, which is to remind us that superheroes are kinda silly at their core, leading to today’s laughable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) once created a remarkably powerful goober called ‘Meteor-Attractor Boy’, who could call meteors down to hit him, but could immediately regenerate all meteor-derived damage, asking: Who is YOUR favorite silly joke character, a la Arm-Fall-Off Boy?


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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

    Groo the Wanderer, a send-up of Conan that now has as deep a history, lore, and tradition as its inspiration, all while never losing site of its satiric roots. Also, I’m pretty sure that Groo himself inspired the character “Groosalugg” on the TV show Angel, so when a parody joke character inspires its own knock-offs you know its got legs.

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