It’s a truism of comics: The longer a character sticks around, the more nicknames she gathers.  Indeed, readers often know those names better than the official names:  Witness The Merc With A Mouth, The Emerald Gladiator, The Fastest Man Alive or the coolest nickname of all, The Amazing Amazon.  In the 70s, all the Marvel heroes had them, even if there might have been a pattern (Winghead, Webhead, Shellhead, Hornhead, and The Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing, Attorneys At Law), leading to today’s pseudonymous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that Spider-Man is unique, in that he accrues adjectives rather than nicknames, asking: Who has the coolest nickname in all the world’s of 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

    I want to take this opportunity to pitch a new nickname for Wolverine: “Bubba Snikt.”

    As for the MSQOTD, I’ll say it’s “Indiana” Jones. He even has a nickname for his nickname, “Indy,” which is equally strong.

    • I would have done Weapon X/Wolverine Origins/One of those things where Logan’s name is retconned to “Bubba Bub”. Sabertooth would have been Bubba Smith.

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