Doug: The attention around John Carter, Warlord of Mars has me thinking about other "timeless" characters. Since we're all pop-o-philes around here, I'm wondering today about a very broad discussion of characters -- comic, film, literary, pop-culture -- you name it. My question to you is about staying power.
Doug: I think anyone out there would freely admit that between Edgar Rice Burroughs' two most famous creations, John Carter is pretty far down the public consciousness meter. Tarzan? There probably aren't too many folks around who could attest to never having heard of the Lord of the Jungle. Which reminds me of a thought I read many, many years ago; I believe it was in an annual almanac, and may have actually been in the preface of the section on pop culture. Anyway, the author said there were a handful of fictional characters who were known worldwide. Among those on the list were Tarzan, Superman, and Mickey Mouse.
Doug: Just this past week I saw a picture of Johnny Depp as Tonto in a still promoting an upcoming Lone Ranger revival. I don't know that I've thought too much about the Lone Ranger in the past several years. So there's our question for this Sunday -- who are the characters in our various cultures that you think will still be relevant decades from now? Who has that intergenerational staying power? And why do we keep coming back to them? As usual, thanks in advance for you participation today!