March Madness Super-Animal Showdown — The Round of 32!

Your comments are in, the field is set, and it is time to begin the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown.

After some spirited comments here and on Twitter, it quickly became obvious that we had more than sixteen worthy candidates for this tournament, so I have expanded the field to thirty-two super-animals, and added a week to the schedule! I also basically gave up trying to tell the difference between animals, aliens, and furries, finally admitting some to the tourney while excluding others on the very same technicalities! In the end, only cartoon characters (rather than comic book heroes) were automatically excluded.

So it goes!

Now it is up to YOU to prove that bubble-busters like Topo, Titano, and Tufty deserved to take to the floor against the tournament’s top seeds.


Here’s the first round of the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown — VOTING IS NOW OPEN!

It’s dog-eat-dog as #1 Krytpo, a Superman’s best friend, tangles with #32 Max, the Punisher’s pooch!

Krypto vs. Max

Fur flies as #16 Zabu, terror of the Savage Land, tears into #17 G’nort, the incompetent Green Lantern!

Zabu vs. G'nort

A dogfight without the dogs as #9 Streaky, Supergirl’s super cat, gets into a furball with #24 Redwing, the Falcon’s loyal falcon!

Streaky vs. Redwing

No horsing around as #8 Comet, Supergirl’s super horse, saddles up to fight #25 Monsieur Mallah, the French-talking super-ape!

Comet vs. Mallah

Trapped in a bracket he never made, #4 Howard the Duck takes on #29 Hoppy the Marvel Rabbit, the oldest of old school funny animals!

Howard vs. Hoppy

Someone is bound to croak when #13 Throg, Walt Simonson’s thunder frog, battles #20 Cosmo, the psychic Russian space dog!

Throg vs. Cosmo

Monkey business beneath the sea as #12 Beppo the Super Monkey rumbles with #21 Storm, Aquaman’s loyal seahorse!

Beppo vs. Storm

We go ape as #5 Gorilla Grodd, evil simian super-criminal, wrestles with #28 Ch’p, the Lantern with the bushy tail!

Grodd vs. Ch'p

Massive overkill in the offing as #2 Rocket Raccoon fires all his guns at once at #31 Tawky Tawny, the urbane Indian tiger-man!

Rocket vs. Tawky

I have no clue who will win between #15 Detective Chimp, world’s smartest detective (simian division) and #18 Captain Carrot, erstwhile leader of the amazing Zoo Crew!

Detective vs. Captain

Invertebrate bragging rights are on the line as #10 Mr. Mind, the evil Venusian worm, wrestles #23 Topo, Aquaman’s squirmy octopus pal!

Mind vs. Topo

It’s a match worthy of Skull Island as #7 Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy battle #26 Titano, the super-ape with the Kryptonite eyes!

Devil vs. Titano

It looks like no contest as #3 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (all four of them!) pile on #30 Dr. Canus, the erudite dog doctor of Earth A.D.!

TMNT vs. Canus

We don’t know what the hell he is, but we couldn’t keep #14 Proty out of the tournament, but he will have his psuedopods full as he takes on #19 The Spectacular Spider-Ham!

Proty vs. Spider-Ham

Someone is a lock to advance to the next round as #11 Lockjaw, the Inhuman hound, wurfs it up with #22 Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s purple dragon sidekick!

Lockjaw vs. Lockheed

It’s the masked dog Gotham needs in #6, Ace the Bat-Hound, taking on #27 Prince Tuftan, Kamandi’s tiger man friend!

Ace vs. Tufty


And here is how the whole grid shapes up!


All right … get voting for your favorites! Only one critter can survive from each contest. You have one week to cast your vote. Vote early, and comment often! Let’s hear some trash talk in the comments section, below …

… and then meet me back here next week as we advance to the Round of 16!

  • March 23: The Round of 16
  • March 30: Elite Eight
  • April 6: Final Four
  • April 13: Championship!

Tell your friends!

(and for more Super-Animal Showdown fun, be sure to check out Between The Pages Blog, for comics … and cakes! … featuring Krypto and Streaky!)


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Posted on March 16, 2015, in March Madness! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. There were a few toughies in here, of course. Streaky-Redwing, Comet-Monsieur Mallah, and Lockheed-Lockjaw were particularly tough.


    • Streaky/Redwing is much closer in early voting than I expected, and I am surprised that the first results are favoring Monsieur Mallah over Comet. I guess Mallah’s more recent Doom Patrol exposure should have rated him a higher seed.


      • My main exposure to Monsieur Mallah was from the classic New Teen Titans story from the early 80’s, but that was enough to put him high on my list!

        What surprises me as that there aren’t too many blowouts. Only Ace-Proty and TMNT-Dr. Canus are what I’d call blowouts, And of course, I voted for the losing call in both cases. Sigh.


  2. YIKES! Lockheed and Lockjaw? In the first round? Awww. TOUGH.


  3. The only tough choice was Rocket vs. Tawny.
    Sorry, Tawny. Paul put you in a unwinnable situation.


    • The draws were largely without prejudice. I did the seeding without looking at the bracket, so aside from sending poor Max to his doom against Krypto, I didn’t have much idea of how the first round pairings would look. There were some happy accidents (like Lockjaw vs. Lockheed), but Talky Tawny was a victim of Fate more than anything else.

      The more deliberate aspect of that pairing was that I reversed bumped Krypto up to Rocket’s provisional position as the #1 seed. Rocket Raccoon is far more relevant to today’s audiences, but as a Bronze and Silver Age comic blog, I felt I had to give Krypto the proper respect. I almost wrote that I wanted to give him every advantage by making him the #1 seed, too, but I may have just painted a target on his back, and as we saw last year, the #1 spot didn’t propel Robin to victory in the Sidekicks Tourney.

      Let the voting begin!

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  4. Aragon had a losing record in conference and lost to a bubble team in the conference tournament final.


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