No, not Read-Only-Memory (though that is where the name comes from), but rather the cheap-tastic toy figure from Parker Brothers, whose toy store shelf failure didn’t stop the shiny fella from enjoying a seven year run of comic book glory. Think about that for a minute. Sure there are G.I. Joe and Transformers comic books, but those toys never stopped hitting the shelves. The comic book ROM, on the other hand, far outlived his real world counterpart, and was a fixture in the Marvel Universe with appearances in all the top-tier books.
This week Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog is celebrating ROM week with wall to wall Space Knight hijinx, and I heartily recommend taking a looky loo, cause it’s not like Salon or McSweeney’s is going to give you the skinny on the genocidal cyborg from Galador that’s got a thing for firing a Neutralizer at seemingly normal uh, hookers. (see right)
Even if you’re no fan of comics, Chris’s take on the best and the brightest of comicdom’s more embarrassing moments is certainly worth a read.
I’m trying to decide whether I’m more ashamed that I deeply coveted a ROM figure, or that I (like Chris) kinda want ROM to come back to the Marvel Universe.