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Superhero elimination tournaments!
March Madness is back at Longbox Graveyard!
This year, we’re doing … Super Teams!
Your first task is to help me set the field of sixteen teams that will join our tournament.
Please vote for up to sixteen teams from the list below (and if I’ve missed your favorite team, cast a write-in vote and let me know who it was for in the comments section of this post!)
I will take the top fourteen or so teams from your votes and seed them appropriately (leaving open a couple slots for write-ins or Editor’s Choice). Once our teams are sorted into a bracket, proper voting (and ELIMINATION!) will begin!
NOTE — It is up to you to decide the composition of each team. Groups like the Avengers, the Justice League, and the Guardians of the Galaxy cover a lot of characters and eras. I’ve made no attempt to define the membership of each team, and I’ve deliberately ignored most sub-teams (like the West Coast Avengers) … just use your best comic book judgement!
Here’s the schedule for The Longbox Graveyard March Madness Super Team Showdown!
- Thursday, March 1st — Seeding
- Monday, March 5th — Round of Sixteen
- Monday, March 12th — Round of Eight
- Monday, March 19th — Final Four
- Monday, March 26th — Championship Match
- Monday, April 2nd — Final Result Announced!
Don’t delay — voting for this seeding round concludes early on Sunday, March 4th!!
Vote early, and vote often! Tell your friends! (Your enemies too!)
And sound off about your favorites and your write-ins in the comments, below!
The Longbox Graveyard Supervillain Tournament of Evil is complete, and the winner is …
Galactus got off to an early lead in the voting, but Doom built momentum throughout the week, and ending up winning handily, 60-40.
With his victories over Red Skull, Darkseid, Joker, and finally Galactus, Doctor Doom truly proved himself the greatest supervillain of all. All four of Doom’s foes were world-class … there was no easy matchups for Doom. Despite strong competition, Doom’s average margin of victory was 47 points!
Doom is in a class by himself.
(Now, if only the movies could get him right!)
Here’s the final bracket for our tournament:
Thanks to everyone who voted and commented in the tournament (and the comments section is open, below, to Praise Doom). If the fates are kind we will be back here next spring to run another tournament. Or maybe the Fall! I have an idea for a Halloween-month tournament that I might indulge …
… but for now, ALL HAIL DOOM!
Looks like we should have just jumped to the championship round for this tournament, sports fans … our Final Four was as devoid of drama as the preceding rounds!
The Cinderella run of #16 seed Thanos came to a screeching stop in the Final Four, as he proved no match for Galactus. Meanwhile, Doctor Doom showed the Joker that supervillainy is no laughing matter!
- Galactus d. Thanos, 64-36
- Doctor Doom d. Joker, 77-23
You know what that means, folks … that’s right, it’s an All-Jack-Kirby Final in the Longbox Graveyard Supervillain Tournament of EVIL!
Here’s the championship round bracket for the SUPERVILLAIN TOURNAMENT OF EVIL!
Let’s meet our challengers!
In the cosmic corner, wearing purple togs with a TV-Antenna helmet, hailing from Planet Taa by way of the Cosmic Egg, weighing in at 36,000 pounds, we have the Devourer of Worlds, the awesome, the mighty, the epicurean … GALACTUS!
And in the despotic corner, wearing a green cloak and an iron mask, the dread sovereign of Latveria, weighing in 415 armored pounds, sorcerer, scientist, and stealer of the Power Cosmic … DOCTOR DOOM!
The referee for tonight’s match is Mister Fantastic!
(pause while Galactus visibly blanches, and Doom throws up inside his mask)
The battle is joined! The outcome is in your hands!
ONLY THE MOST INFAMOUS WILL SURVIVE!
#3 DOCTOR DOOM vs. #5 GALACTUS
No Ultimate Nullifiers Allowed!
For the final time, vote early, and vote often — and tell your friends!
(And stand up for the villain of your choice in the comments section, below!)
More blowouts and beatdowns in the second round of our Supervillain Tournament of Evil! Is the lack of competition a surprise, or all part of some diabolical plan? I dunno. But once again, we had a round which went pretty much according to expectations, with only our “bottom seed” Thanos “upsetting” Loki and a big wipeout in our 4/5 matchup between Lex Luthor and Galactus coming close to raising eyebrows.
The second round results (by percentage of votes):
- Thanos d. Loki, 59-41
- Galactus d. Lex Luthor, 71-29
- Joker d. Ra’s al Ghul 65-35
- Doctor Doom d. Darkseid, 67-33
I thought that Lex Luthor would put up a better fight against Galactus, but he went down harder than anyone else this round. Maybe we are seeing Longbox Graveyard’s “Marvel bias” in action here … or maybe it wasn’t Luthor at all, but instead a robot loaded with Hate Tapes!
Regardless, our Final Four is set! It’s Thanos vs. Galactus, and the Joker vs. Doctor Doom!
Here’s the latest bracket for the SUPERVILLAIN TOURNAMENT OF EVIL!
ONLY THE MOST INFAMOUS WILL SURVIVE!
#5 GALACTUS vs. #16 THANOS
Deep Space Death Gods!
#2 JOKER vs. #3 DOCTOR DOOM
Clown Prince versus the most dreaded sovereign of them all!
As always, vote early, and vote often — and tell your friends!
(And agitate for the villain of your choice in the comments section, below!)
Blowouts and beatdowns characterized the first round of our March Madness Supervillain Tournament of Evil! In fact, if you discount the “upset” of #16 seed Thanos knocking off #1 seed Magneto, the entire round went as expected, with the top seeds triumphing easily (and in some cases spectacularly … Doctor Doom took 90% of the vote against the wretched Red Skull!).
The first round results (by percentage of votes):
- Thanos d. Magneto, 64-36
- Loki d. Dark Phoenix, 61-39
- Lex Luthor d. Green Goblin, 60-40
- Galactus d. Two-Face, 83-17
- Joker d. Sinestro, 76-24
- Ra’s al Ghul d. Kingpin, 58-42
- Doctor Doom d. Red Skull, 90-10
- Darkseid d. Catwoman, 77-23
Hopefully the second round will prove more competitive, but before we get to the match-ups, one last word about that Thanos-As-Sixteen-Seed. Remember that our initial seedings were based on IGN’s list, which certainly ranked Thanos too low. He would be a top four seed if I were doing the rankings myself. When Thanos emerged from our sixteen-villain play-in round as the “lowest” seed in the tournament, the writing was on the wall for poor Magneto … and now that Thanos has slain the master of mutant magnetism and become the tournament’s de facto top seed, you have to like the Mad Titan’s chances to run the table all the way to the final.
for Thanos, it is all coming together …
But these Longbox Graveyard tournaments are nothing if not unpredictable — remember when Lockjaw upset Krypto in last year’s Super-Pets competition? So let’s get on to the next round, and see if some of those sure things prove to be anything but!
Vote for ONE bad guy in each match-up below. Use whatever criteria you like — pick your favorite villain, or the guy who would win in a fight, or the guy that could beat Donald Trump in the California Primary! It is up to you! Voting concludes at a random time on Sunday, April 3rd … so get voting!
Here’s the current bracket for the MARCH MADNESS SUPERVILLAIN TOURNAMENT OF EVIL!
ONLY THE MOST INFAMOUS WILL SURVIVE!
#8 LOKI vs. #16 THANOS
Trickster God versus Mister Serious!
#4 LEX LUTHOR vs. #5 GALACTUS
Reed Richards beat Galactus … can Lex pull off the same trick?
#2 JOKER vs. #7 RA’S AL GHUL
Batman’s arch-enemies, old and new!
#3 DOCTOR DOOM vs. #6 DARKSEID
All-Kirby dark despot showdown!
Vote early, and vote often — and tell your friends!
(And defend your vote in the comments section, below!)