March Madness Super-Animal Showdown!
March means the NCAA Basketball Tournament here in the United States, but more important for loyal Longbox Graveyard readers, it also marks the return of comic book March Madness!
Last year we matched great comic book second bananas in a sixteen-sidekick superhero tournament, with Bucky Barnes coming from behind to defeat Robin in the final!
This year, we’re going primal, with sixteen comic book critters facing off in the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown!
The guidelines for a character’s inclusion in the tournament are simple:
- They must be an animal.
- They must be super.
- They must make their first appearance in a comic book.
Working from this criteria, the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown Committee (me) offers the following preliminary list and seeds:
- Rocket Raccoon: Furious and furry star of The Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Krypto: Superboy’s loyal space hound.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: All four for the price of one entry!
- Howard The Duck: Trapped in tournament he never made.
- Gorilla Grodd: The Flash’s simian arch-enemy.
- Ace The Bat Hound: Batman’s redacted pet.
- Lockjaw: Wurf.
- Comet: Supergirl’s flying horse!
- Streaky: Supergirl’s flying cat!
- Lockheed: Kitty Pryde’s dragon companion.
- Throg: The Frog of Thunder!
- Redwing: The Falcon’s … uh … falcon!
- The Spectacular Spider-Ham: Puntastic Spidey simulacrum.
- Proty: All versions of the Legion’s protoplasmic pal.
- Captain Carrot: Leader of the Zoo Crew.
- Cosmo: Space dog and Rocket Raccoon’s arch-rival!
- Detective Chimp: World’s Greatest Chimp Detective.
- Beppo: Last monkey of Krypton.
- Storm: Aquaman’s Seahorse!
You will notice that the last three names on this list are in italics … this is because the field for the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown is limited to sixteen entries! As of this hour, Detective Chimp, Beppo, and Storm are on the outside looking in …
… unless YOU DEMAND OTHERWISE!
The floor is now open to argue over the field for the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown! Post your opinions, in the comments section, below:
- Think Beppo, Storm, or Detective Chimp belongs in the field? Tell me who they replace!
- Have I overlooked a worthy candidate? How about Devil Dinosaur? Maybe Aquaman’s giant octopus pal, Topo? Sound off!
- Do you take issue with my seeding? Tell me why Rocket shouldn’t be #1, or why Gorilla Grodd doesn’t deserve the nod at #5.
The official bracket of sixteen — and our first round of voting — will appear here on Monday, March 16th. That gives you one week to help me improve our bracket, after which … may the best Super-Animal win!
Here is the schedule for the entire March Madness Super-Animal Tournament:
- March 9: Selection Monday
- March 16: The Round of Sixteen
- March 23: Elite Eight
- March 30: Final Four
- April 6: Championship!
All right … get commenting!