March Madness Super-Animal Showdown — Elite Eight!

The battles heated up in the Sweet Sixteen round of the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown! We are now down to our Elite Eight — and here are the headlines!

Favorties Advance!

Krypto, Gorilla Grodd, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all won by wide margins, surprising no one in their march to their regional finals. Rallying from his narrow overtime victory in the first round, Comet had little trouble in stomping Streaky (at last he has Supergirl all to himself!).

lovesick Comet

let it go, Comet … it can never be!

One-Vote Winners!

Two matches game down to a single vote this round, although in both cases the higher seed advanced. Howard the Duck barely beat out a very game Thunder Frog, while Devil Dinosaur hung on by his tiny little arms to defeat the evil Mr. Mind.

Devil Dinosaur

Devil Dinosaur has an edge thanks to his ace corner-man, Moon Boy!

Day of the Underdog!

The biggest “upset” of the round saw Lockjaw blowing out Ace the Bat-Hound by 34 points … but that probably just means that I’d over-seeded Ace (because Batman). Lockjaw now wears Cinderella’s slippers as the lowest surviving seed in the tournament at #11 … and I have to say that I like the Inhuman pup’s chances in the quarterfinals against those Heroes on the Half-Shell!


Lockjaw’s coming on like gangbusters, all right!

And so we have our Elite Eight — two dogs, one horse, one duck, one gorilla, one raccoon, one T-Rex, four turtles, and one Moon Boy tagging along for good measure!


Elite Eight!

As always, your votes will determine the winners!

Vote now in these four Super-Animal Showdowns!

It’s a Legion of Super-Pets grudge match as Krypto (d. Gnort, 84-16) battles Comet (d. Streaky 60-40)

Krypto vs. Comet!

Sarcasm vs. Super-Intelligence as Howard the Duck (d. Throg 51-49) confronts Gorilla Grodd (d. Beppo 71-29)

Howard the Duck vs. Gorilla Grodd!

Firepower vs. pre-historic fury as Rocket Raccoon (d. Det. Chimp 60-40) fights Devil Dinosaur (d. Mr. Mind 51-49)

Rocket Raccoon vs. Devil Dinosaur!

And #3 seed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (d. Spider-Ham 72-28) can’t afford to stay in their shells against the belle of the ball, Lockjaw! (d. Ace the Bat-Hound 67-33)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Lockjaw!

You have one week, more-or-less, to cast your votes! Join me back here on Monday, April 6th for the Final Four … and cheer on your favorites in the comments section, below!


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Posted on March 30, 2015, in March Madness! and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This is where the rubber hits the road, here. No lightweights left (although I’m not crazy about the Turtles, but that’s just my personal taste).
    I was glad to see the Kirby Kreatures Devil and Lockjaw make it this far.
    My personal favorite is Krypto,, but Grodd worries me a bit.


    • Devil and Lockjaw are out in front fast in this week’s polling — they may well end up facing each other in the Final Four.

      I have to say I’m surprised by the both of them. I gather Lockjaw has had some recent comics exposure (which I wouldn’t know since I live in 1978!), but Devil Dinosaur is pretty obscure even by Kirby standards. I didn’t even have Devil in my preliminary field — he was basically a write-in. But here’s Devil on the edge of a trip to the semis. Hail to the King, baby!


  2. Lockjaw will make turtle soup of those teenage upstarts. Finally Grodd will fall, pseudo-intellectual simian that he is, beaten by the ontologically superior DUCK (yeah, I have no idea what that means, sorry). Canine or equine, who will prevail? One thing’s for sure: that mangey gun-toting masked rodent ain’t gonna beat Kirby’s Beast and (moon) boy!


    • Lockjaw is looking like the Dog of Destiny. Major tailwind for the teleporting pooch … it is early yet, but my Vegas insiders say we could see a Krypto vs. Lockjaw final, setting the stage for a Marvel character to steal the title from a DC favorite, as was the case last year when Bucky beat Robin in our Sidekicks tournament.

      (Poor Dave B will burn my site down if it happens again!)


  3. Krypto vs Comet seemed like a no-brainer to me in favor of the more well-known canine but the vote is closer then I expected!

    I’m not a huge Howard fan but I could not deny his superiority to Grodd.

    My remaining votes went to the Kirby Kritters (high five, mlp!). Does anyone know the origins of the Lockjaw character? I’m talking about how the character came to be, not his fictional backstory. I would not be surprised if Jack just inserted a big, atennaed, dog creature in the art and Stan had to write him in to the mythos.


    • That’s an excellent question about Lockjaw, John — I could totally see him being some character that Kirby inserted for the heck of it, maybe never intending to use him again (like most of the crazy robots and machines he did for his S.H.I.E.L.D. series — a lot of one-and-dones there). Hmm.


  4. Comet defeated Streaky? Bah! Well, I hope that this round sees Krypto leaving that equine oddity in the dust!


  5. Devil dinosaur all the way


  6. It looks like more Marvel dominance. I can’t believe Gorilla Grodd is losing. Sigh.


  7. I can not believe the Turtles are getting SHELLacked this bad!!


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