Poll Position: Yesteryear, today

Our Poll Position question this week pivots off the last contest, and asks:


Discussion to follow ... if you dare!

Now, I'm going against my better judgment and allowing you to submit other possible answers. I'll yank that if you all can't handle that maturely. With great power and all that. Now, onward!

  • Amazing Man: Amazing Man had that "Golden Age Power Inflation Syndrome" in the worst way. He could do everything from turning into a green mist to flying to super strength to holding up a giant metal chest plate using only his super nipples. Like most heroes of the era, he didn't have a problem slaughtering enemies when called upon, and he even had a sporty sidekick. Nowadays super heroes tend to be much more specialized, focusing their powers into just a couple of major areas, so on one hand it'd be refreshing to have an old-school "Everything and the kitchen sink" kind of guy around, but on the other, he's fairly ridiculous.
  • The Black Terror: I know this has happened relatively recently, but would you like to see him come back permanently?
  • Bulletman: Who wouldn't love a guy in jodhpurs who gets flung around by his head smash through walls, criminals, and locomotives on a daily basis? Throw in Bulletgirl and Bulletdog and I'm definitely in.
  • The Fighting Yank: Looking like the old New England Patriots helmet logo, The Fighting Yank would have a hard time fitting in these days, with his tri-corner hat and colonial duds. Considering he also is overseen by the almighty spirit of his dead Founding Father ancestor and the creepiness factor just goes through the roof. On the other hand, it'd be kind of fun to see how the old dead guy would react to the vagaries of modern culture. "Gadzooks, they let women vote now?!"
  • Green Lama: Again, this has been attempted recently, but don't let that sway you.
  • Golden Lad: If you remember Golden Lad, he's the one who runs around in gold scale shorts and a cape. He's one of the few child characters who was also a full-fledged hero on his own, not just a sidekick for some other older fellow. Having said that, I don't think the gold scale shorts would cut it in today's world. That's just wrong on an underage boy.
  • The Human Bomb: I'd love to see the concept of a guy who blows up anything he touches with his bare hands treated with a modern, realistic sensibility.
  • Mighty Midget: The idea of a super powered little person who isn't actually super powered is very funny to me. I think today we would just consider him insane. "No, really, I'm mighty, I swear! Look at this needle I'm swinging, man!"
  • Nature Boy: A weak-tea Captain Marvel for the Fifties, the most interesting part of this character was how involved the ancient gods were in his day to day life. Take a modern teen and uber-intrusive and judgmental divinities peeping on him constantly and I think we'd have quite the interesting comic.
  • Skyman: This would be fun mostly to see him trying to pilot his prop plane in and out of modern airline hubs. "Curses, the criminal got away because a mechanic at O'Hare lost his lug nuts!"

I tried to list only guys who I've featured a time or two on the site, but don't feel bad if you don't recognize them -- they're used to that after fifty years of obscurity. I think I'd probably pick Nature Boy for a funny, sarcastic comic, and The Human Bomb for something more realistic. I mean, as realistic as you can get from a guy who gets blown up and walks away with explosive hands as the only effect can be.

Who would you like to read about, and why?