Green Lantern

Journalistic Correction Time: I Was Completely Wrong About Guy Gardner

Back a ways, I wrote a piece for Cracked, 9 Iconic Superheroes Based on Real People in which I said Howard Chaykin had designed the uniform of my favorite superhero, Guy Gardner. That’s the way it was always told to me, and that’s the way I even recall reading it in an article or two. Well, thereafter, a friend directed my attention to Backissue! magazine #91, in which Joe Staton talked about designing the whole affair.

I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Staton at Five Points convention last year, and he confirmed it, so consider me in the wrong, but also delighted to meet an art hero of mine, and hear that the definitive artist on the character also designed his (for me, at least) iconic costume. Staton was a delightful fellow, and I bought a beautiful sketch of Yellow Ring Guy from him to send to the aforementioned friend as a surprise gift.

What’s more, the interview revealed another real-life basis I would have included in the article, which mentioned a character actor referenced by Gil Kane. Never knew there was a different one:

“I did have somebody in mind when I drew the new Guy,” says Staton. “At the time we were creating him I was following a PBS series called The Jewel in the Crown set in Colonial India. A central character was a Major Ronald Merrick played by Tim Pigott-Smith. He was a tough officer who felt he’d been denied his entitlements. I related his resentment to Guy’s and I kept him in mind for Guy’s look. Sometime, Google ‘Major Merrick’ and you’ll find shots of him face-to-face with somebody and he’ll have this nasty sneer. That’s Guy.

Fun trivia!

This Is What It’s Like to Jump Out of a Plane

What have I been up to at Man Cave Daily? Oh, so much. I celebrated the bottled-blonde holiday that is National Blonde Day with the specious Weird Facts about Blondes that Make Them the Best Girlfriends.

I rolled out of a plane for research purposes. This is the catalogue of my thoughts while falling at 120 mph.

I asked 10 weird questions of Rock of Love‘s Jessica Kinni. I also had a really nice discussion with adult actress Siri about feminism, pornography, geekdom, and cosplay.


Pictured: fun

I made merry commentary upon many DC previews:

And lots more from further back that I never mentioned here before. I’m going to start curating all my MCD stuff on the site. Something old, something new, and eventually I’ll have the full catalog.








Which gimp should you be for Halloween?

Oh no, the Halloween party starts in 20 minutes and you have no costume! Lucky for you, you need look no further than a one-size-stretches-to-fit-all morphsuit. With no accessories you can be one of America’s favorite gimps, as detailed in my latest Maxim article.

Human being

I’m not gonna lie, though, the Greendale Human Being takes a little prep. I tried to be one when the idea came to me late Saturday evening. Next year, McGinley. Next year.

Till then…I’m the wingtipped Green Lantern, because even superheroes add a touch of class when they party. Total costume cost: $2 facepaint and one borrowed pair of legwarmers.