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March Madness Supervillain Tournament Of Evil — ROUND TWO!

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.

Thanos, like a boss

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!

Supervillain Tournament Round 2!

Vote now!

ONLY THE MOST INFAMOUS WILL SURVIVE!

#8 LOKI vs. #16 THANOS

Loki vs Thanos!

Trickster God versus Mister Serious!

#4 LEX LUTHOR vs. #5 GALACTUS

Lex Luthor vs Galactus!

Reed Richards beat Galactus … can Lex pull off the same trick?

#2 JOKER vs. #7 RA’S AL GHUL

Joker vs Ra's Al Ghul

Batman’s arch-enemies, old and new!

#3 DOCTOR DOOM vs. #6 DARKSEID

Doctor Doom vs Darkseid

All-Kirby dark despot showdown!

Vote early, and vote often — and tell your friends!

(And defend your vote in the comments section, below!)

 

March Madness Supervillain Tournament Of Evil — ROUND ONE!

Welcome to the opening round of the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Supervillain Tournament of Evil!

Last week we asked you to select one villain from a cast of thousands to join our contest as the #16 seed. After a bloody, seven-day struggle that saw hundreds of votes cast … THANOS emerged the winner, narrowly defeating Ultron. For his prize, Thanos draws an opening round match-up with top seed Magneto!

Thanos!

celebrate while you can, Thanos …!

Here are the top ten results of our “play-in” game …

Play-In Top Ten

But enough with the preliminaries — it is time for the full tournament to begin!

You are to vote for ONE bad guy in each match-up below. The terms of the vote are deliberately vague. Are you voting for your favorite villain? The villain who would win in a fight? Maybe the villain that has made the greatest mark on comics? It’s up to you … vote based on the color of their costumes if you like, just so long as you vote!

Here’s the full field for the MARCH MADNESS SUPERVILLAIN TOURNAMENT OF EVIL!

Bracket of EVIL!

This opening round will last about a week … now get voting!

ONLY THE MOST INFAMOUS WILL SURVIVE!

#1 MAGNETO vs. #16 THANOS

Magneto vs. Thanos

The most deadly 16-seed in history!

#8 LOKI vs. #9 DARK PHOENIX

Loki_Phoenix

Old Gods vs. New!

#4 LEX LUTHOR vs. #13 GREEN GOBLIN

Goblin_Luthor

Super-Scientist Showdown!

#5 GALACTUS vs. #12 TWO-FACE

Galactus_Face

The Face Of Injustice vs. The Face Of Fate!

#2 JOKER vs. #15 SINESTRO

Joker_Sinestro

Head-To-Head Narrow-Heads!

#7 RA’S AL GHUL vs. #10 KINGPIN

Ras_Kingpin

Mob Boss Match-Up!

#3 DOCTOR DOOM vs. #14 RED SKULL

Doom_Skull

Super-Villain Team-Up … gone wrong!

#6 DARKSEID vs. #11 CATWOMAN

Darkseid_Catwoman

Fighting Like Cats And Gods!

The deadline for voting is a deliberately vague hour on Sunday, March 27th (basically whenever I can be bothered to write up the next blog!). So vote early, and vote often — and tell your friends!

(And sound off about your vote in the comments section, below!)

 

Ten Years Of Anti-Climax

This week’s FOOM Friday continues my examination of FOOM #13, which was all about Conan the Barbarian.

So why am I writing about The Coming Of Galactus?

Fantastic Four #48

It’s all down to a quote in FOOM #13 from Roy Thomas, discussing how he felt Robert E. Howard’s Conan had already peaked before Howard’s untimely death in 1936. In effect, Roy suggested that after a certain point, there’s little sense in telling more tales about a hero:

ROY: The problem is the same thing that happened to the FANTASTIC FOUR in 1965 or 1966, with the coming of Galactus. Once you’ve fought a God, which is basically what Galactus was, how do you go back to the other stuff? And everything since then to me, or almost everything on that book — even good things that came afterwards like the Inhumans — has been ten years of a rather competent anti-climax. There are some strips that just naturally climax at a certain point and anything you do afterward can still be good and saleable and go on forever —

FOOM: But you’ve said what you have to say.

ROY: Exactly.

The nature of comic book publishing ensures that the stories will go on, even if it is all anti-climax … but Roy has a point. Have the Fantastic Four broken any genuinely new ground since the Galactus story, or has it all been reboots, re-imaginings, and “fresh takes” on a glorious but fast-fading past?

Did the Fantatic Four jump the cosmic shark in 1966? What do YOU think? Share your thoughts in the comments, below.

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