Celebrate the Most Powerful Siblings Creating Pop Culture

Posted by David Winnick

Since it is National Siblings’ day, we at Quirk thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the siblings who have provided us with hours upon hours in entertainment.

The Wachowskis

Lana and Lilly Wachowski (formerly Larry and Andy) have had a bit of an up and down relationship with the world of film making. They had their first decent hit with 1996 heist film Bound, but it was their 1999 film The Matrix which made them a household name. The Keanu Reeves vehicle was so influential in terms of special effects that almost every action movie made now owes a great debt to the skills of the Wachowskis and their invention of bullet time. Unfortunately for them, their subsequent films have been met with mixed reviews. Recently, they came out and said they didn’t think they would ever be allowed to make another big budget film again, but who knows? Maybe smaller budgets will force them to become innovative again and we might see a great Wachowski resurgence.


Joe Hill and Owen King

Joe Hill (a.k.a. Joe King) and Owen King have some pretty big shoes to fill. Their father, Stephen King, is one of the world’s most well-known authors and they decided to follow in his footsteps. Joe Hill has made a pretty solid name for himself over the last decade or so with great novels and comics like Heart Shaped Box, Horns and Locke and Key. His brother on the other hand has been flying a little bit under the radar. Owen King’s releases have been mostly short stories except for his first major novel Double Feature which came out in 2013 and had not a hint of the horror genre that his father and brother are so famous for.  


Ask Ann Landers and Dear Abby

These two ladies are not just siblings but twins. Born seventeen minutes apart, Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer and Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips were the only people to turn to when looking for valuable advice. These two not only could help someone avoid a major faux pas during a delicate situation, but their columns provided hours of laughter and heartwarming moments. Though they both passed away, their legacy lives on through their daughters Jean and Margo who are now the new queens of practical advice.


James and Sean Gunn

James and Sean Gunn were known mostly for schlock and small parts in television shows and movies up until 2014 when they brought the world Guardians of the Galaxy with James behind the camera and Sean in front of it. The big budget Marvel blockbuster was a huge step up from their work at Troma studios where they worked on shoe string budgets for films which cannot be discussed in polite society. Next up for the Gunn brothers is another trip into outer space as they once again lead Star Lord and his crew of misfits against and as yet unknown threat.


Adam and Andy Kubert

In the world of comic books, there are writers and artists, combine the two and that unity is the author of the comic. Both Adam and Andy Kubert fulfill the artist half of that equation. The sons of famous comic book artist Joe Kubert, Adam and Andy were forces to be reckoned with in the late ‘80s and the ‘90s. Though the brothers still work, their projects are much more spread out than they used to be. They also spend much of their time running The Kubert School of Art where they train the next generation of greats.


The Brontës

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë are a pretty impressive crew. Though they had to begin their writing careers publishing under male pseudonyms, these three sisters eventually became some of literatures most famous writers. While Anne’s biggest novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is not widely read, Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are academic strongholds across the US and the greater English speaking world.