As a fan of old comics, there’s a certain amount of heavy lifting I have to do to get people to give certain titles a better chance.  Silver Age Legion Of Super-Heroes issues can get a bit goofy, early Marvel Comics can be remarkably primitive by modern standards, and even the wonderfulness that is Star Trek: Deep Space 9 has some shaky moments in Season 1.  Of course, it’s not always the early installments that cause issues either, as the first season and a half of Lost In Space proves: Justifying the end of the show is the biggest hurdle to overcome in that case.  I’ve even had to convince people that Akira, one of the greatest cartoon films ever made, isn’t silly because (and I quote) “everybody has huge eyes,” leading to today’s judgy-book-cover query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that Arm-Fall-Off boy was created in the 1990s as a parodic in-joke character and thus doesn’t deserve the Innernets’ mockery, asking: What bit of pop culture have you worked hardest to prove was better than it looks?


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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

    Comic books in general. It’s been a misunderstood and oft-maligned medium for much of my life. I own multiple copies of Understanding Comics for the express purpose of always having one available to loan out. I’ve given gifts of graphic novels hand-selected for the tastes of non-comics reading people I know. I’ve used comics as the subject (and sometimes method) of school-assigned reports.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Wait, Akira characters have huge eyes? They are smaller than in average Disney/Pixar cartoon. Oh well, I guess mine is similar: Original Mobile suit Gundam (and most of its sequels in same timeline, not including spinoffs) is one of the most realistic and thoughtful sci-fi stories ever made and easily in top 5 when including ones with giant robots.

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