Long ago, I special ordered at great cost a copy of Jeff Rovin’s ‘Encyclopedia of Super-Heroes’, at a time when you couldn’t just go to Amazon or eBay and snag anything ever printed.  No, friends, I had to walk to a book store, look up an obscure code, pay way too much for shipping and wait a couple of weeks, all to find out that Rovin has a very specific and inconsistent definition of the term.  Indiana Jones is definitely not a superhero, according to his logic, nor are Gilgamesh, Hercules or James Bond, but Tarzan, Robin Hood and Conan The Barbaian do fit the bill, leading to today’s midicholorian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) won’t tell you how Rovin votes on our fave-rave Jedi Knight, suffice to say that I disagree with his take, asking: The Skywalker Conundrum: Is he or is he not a superhero?


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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. Early Luke from original movie trilogy is, old man Luke from new ones is not. Times, character and presentation have changed.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Hmmm… mind control, telekinesis, and can understand the beeps & whistles of droids.

    Fights against the forces of Evil in a morality play narrative.

    Sounds like a superhero to me!

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