If you’ve been following the Major Spoilers crew on social media (and, seriously, you should, we’re really pretty sort of marvelous), you’ve probably run into Ten Things, including my occasional treatises about the gray areas that exist around the edges of superherodom. My latest deliberation has been on the nature of Nick Fury, army sergeant and head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  He’s the type of guy who would ride a rocket cycle, shirtless, through a brick wall to get to a climactic gun battle with his evil brother, but IS HE A SUPERHERO?  My gut says “No,” but with the caveat that Nicholas is one of the most impressive examples of a non-powered action hero (perhaps the greatest in comic history) which leads us to today’s two-fisted query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would once again like to point out that Batman *IS* a superhero, and has always been a superhero, and thus is ineligible, asking: Who is the coolest non-superhero action hero of them all?


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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

    Xena, Warrior Princess. She vexed the Son of Zeus, rode herd on the Prince of Thieves, courted both an Amazon Queen and Julius Caesar/Karl Urban. The Lawless one reigned.

  2. Ambush Bug -D(ark)C(omics)
    Howard the Duck -Marvel
    Cerebus -Indie
    R2D2 -Movies
    Greatest American Hero -TV (it doesn’t say superhero just hero in the title)
    Mother Teresa -IRL

  3. Indy’s a good one. Is James Bond considered non-superpowered? Seems like he has that Longshot/Domino probability manipulation where everything juuuust manages to work out for him

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