Yesterday we covered ten through six, now fasten your seat belts for the final five. Think you've figured them out already? Think again!
Samson's Chronomobile: I run hot and cold on the stories of Grant Morrison, the avant-garde metatextual shaman of superhero comics. Some of them, like Final Crisis, I find insufferably esoteric... yet others, like his All-Star Superman, I find fresh and wildly entertaining. Using the sprawling Superman mythos of the Silver Age (1960's) as his inspiration and template, Morrison celebrated many of the character types and situations the Superman of that far away era often encountered...such as his routine befriending of historic/mythological heroes! In issue #4 of All-Star Superman, Biblical strongman Samson showed up in the time-traveling Chronomobile (along with his Greek mythology pal Atlas) to challenge Superman to a friendly contest of strength (as mythic strongmen are known to do). Now, the Chronomobile appeared for only a panel or two, but the thought of Samson gallivanting through time in a cosmic hot rod just delights me to no end. Enough to earn it the vaunted number five slot.
At this point. you might be wondering what could possibly supplant the Batmobile for #1? Well, believe me, I went round and round with this in my own head...and ultimately decided to make my top pick:
You see, unlike the other vehicles on my list, this pick has nothing (or very little) to do with visuals or high concept and everything to do with the pure pop-cultural significance of the rocket that delivered baby Supes to Earth. Put another way, it's "historical significance" (if you'll permit me to use such a grandiose term) within the world of superhero comics seems to trump the more visually appealing vehicles on my list...even one as iconic as the Batmobile!