The other day, Rob Zombie’s ‘Dragula’ played on the radio, and my kid (who has long loved the tune) got to hear for the first time the origin of the word.  (For those who don’t know, Dragula was Grampa Munster’s drag-racer in a 1965 episode of ‘The Munsters’.)  The fact that I was able to explain that the company that created it was also behind The Batmobile, the race cars from The Banana Splits and some of the work on ‘Power Rangers: Turbo’ made for an entertaining thread of conversation and some fun talk about how some pop culture things we love have an unexpected origin.  If only George Barris had designed the Monkeemobile, it would have been a perfectly legendary conversation, leading to today’s intertwined query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is always fascinated that Firestar was created for the ‘Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends’ cartoon, then entered the Marvel Universe and not the other way ’round, asking: What’s your favorite unexpected origin in pop culture?


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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 term ‘couch potato’ fist appeared in an underground comic book in the 1970’s.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    How many rap dudes take their names from kung fu films. My all time favorite is Ghostface Killah.

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