The votes are in … and in the most-voted Final in Longbox Graveyard March Madness history, #11 seed Lockjaw completed his Cinderella run to the championship by besting top seed Krypto by a single vote!
I am fairly surprised by this result … I rated Krypto the #1 seed in the tournament, and I voted for the Dog of Steel in every round, including the Final. I would have exercised by editorial discretion and awarded Krypto the victory in the event of a tie … but a vote came in for Lockjaw at literally the last moment, and history was made!
This is why we “play the games” — sure things are rarely sure things, and these tournaments wouldn’t be much fun if they didn’t allow for the possibility of upsets!
In retrospect, I clearly had Lockjaw seeded too low at #11, failing to account for the popularity afforded by his role in the contemporary Ms. Marvel series … just another peril of your editor permanently residing in the year of 1978!
But no matter the circumstances or the seeding, Lockjaw is the winner of the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Super-Animal Showdown!
All Hail Lockjaw!
And one last time, here is how the complete championship shook out …
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Our March Madness Super-Animal Showdown has reached its climax!
The Final Four saw Lockjaw handily beat Devil Dinosaur, while top seed Krypto had his paws full with Howard the Duck, who led much of the week before fading down the stretch.
The stage is set for a truly dog-eat-dog final!
It’s overdog versus underpup as the tournament’s prohibitive favorite squares off against the Wurfing Cinderella …
#1 Krypto (d. Howard The Duck 55-45) vs. #11 Lockjaw (d. Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy, 72-28)
Who will emerge as the top dog in the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Super-Animal Showdown? As always, your votes will tell the tale (tail?)
Get voting, and get commenting! This is the moment of truth!
Thanks to everyone who has participated in this year’s tournament — it’s been a blast! And for the record, here’s how the whole thing unfolded …
The NCAA Basketball Tournaments may be calling it quits, but the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown is just getting to the good stuff!
Our Final Four is set after a quarterfinals round that saw favorites Krypto and Howard the Duck cruise into their semi-final matchup, while underdogs Devil Dinosaur and Lockjaw both scored upsets to set the stage for an all-Kirby semi on the other side of the bracket!
Let’s meet our Final Four!
#1 overall seed. Defeated Max, G’nort, and Comet to reach the Final Four.
First appearance: Adventure Comics #210 (March 1955). Created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan.
Howard the Duck
#4 seed. Defeated Hoppy the Wonder Bunny, Throg, and Gorilla Grodd to reach the Final Four.
First appearance: Adventure Into Fear #19 (December 1973). Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.
Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy
#7 seed, and entered the tournament as a “play-in” candidate, having been passed over in the committee’s initial seeding. Defeated Titano, Mr. Mind, and Rocket Raccoon to reach the Final Four.
First appearance: Devil Dinosaur #1 (April 1978). Created by Jack Kirby.
#11 seed, and the lowest seed still standing, wearing Cinderella’s glass slippers on all four of his floppy feet. Defeated Lockheed, Ace the Bat-Hound, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to round out the Final Four!
First appearance: Fantastic Four #45 (December 1965). Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
All right … you know the drill … it’s time to vote for your favorite Super-Animals! Here are the semi-final matches!
Krypto (d. Comet, 79-21), vs. Howard the Duck (d. Gorilla Grodd, 56-44)
Devil Dinosaur & Moon Boy (d. Rocket Raccoon, 60-40) vs. Lockjaw (d Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 67-33)
Here’s your up-to-the-second tournament breakdown!
Some tasty match-ups here … and the Final is going to be amazing! Meet me back here next week for the championship match, and be sure to cheer on your favorite in the comments section, below!
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!
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!).
let it go, Comet … it can never be!
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 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!
WHO WILL WIN THROUGH TO THE FINAL FOUR?
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)
Sarcasm vs. Super-Intelligence as Howard the Duck (d. Throg 51-49) confronts Gorilla Grodd (d. Beppo 71-29)
Firepower vs. pre-historic fury as Rocket Raccoon (d. Det. Chimp 60-40) fights Devil Dinosaur (d. Mr. Mind 51-49)
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)
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!
The first round of the March Madness Super-Animal Showdown tournament is in the books … and while for the most part the higher seeds advanced (and we had several blowouts), there were still a few mild upsets and one match that went into overtime!
The closest thing to a genuine upset in the first round was #19 seed The Spectacular Spider-Ham taking down poor old Proty (ranked #14) by a 54-46 count. Proty may have been hampered by his unclear status — is he a pet? an alien? — plus his finest years were in the far future of the long lost Silver Age adventures of the Legion of Superheroes, who aren’t exactly a hot ticket right now. The Spectacular Spider-Ham emerges from the first round as the tournament’s “Cinderella,” being the lowest seed still in the tournament.
The first round’s other upset was much milder, with #17 G’nort going through against #18 Zabu by a score of 53-47.
The favorites carried every other battle by comfortable margins … aside from the dead heat contest between Comet the Superhorse and Monsieur Mallah! This battle wound up in a flat-footed 50-50 tie, so I determined the “overtime” winner by casting my moderator’s vote in favor of the higher seed, Comet (#8). Monsieur Mallah’s fans can now gripe twice — first that they were scandalously under-seeded at #25, and second that they were robbed on the field of play!
Let’s serenade poor Monsieur Mallah as he leaves the tournament, beaten but unbowed!
But there is no time for replay or appeals in the Super-Animal Showdown … we are on to the second round! Cast your votes in the match-ups below!
Science fiction animals collide as top seed Krypto (d. Max 94-6) battles Gnort (d. Zabu 53-47)
Civil war for the Legion of Super-Pets as Streaky (d. Redwing 65-35) claws into Comet (d. Mallah 50-50)
Ironic Marvel animals duke it out when Howard the Duck (d. Hoppy 60-40) battles Throg (d. Cosmo 63-34)
It’s a simian showdown between Beppo (d. Storm 60-40) and Gorilla Grodd (d. Ch’p 59-41)
Brawn versus brains as Rocket Raccoon (d. Tawky 63-37) pairs off with Detective Chimp (d. Capt. Carrot 67-33)
Worm versus reptile as Mr. Mind (d. Topo 54-46) confronts Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy (d. Titano 57-43)
Parody animals square off when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (d. Dr. Canus 79-21) take on The Spectacular Spider-Ham (d. Proty 54-46)
Dog-thing versus Bat-Dog as Lockjaw (d. Lockheed 62-38) battles Ace, The Bat-Hound (d. Tufty 80-20)
And here’s how the whole field shapes up as we prepare to whittle the field down to the Elite Eight:
As before, you will have about a week to vote. Last week I actually closed the voting late on Friday, as things had slowed down quite a bit, and I had weekend plans that would have interfered with doing this column on Sunday night. (So there’s another irregularity for Monsieur Mallah to complain about!). This week’s voting may end as soon as Friday, or it may run into the weekend. You never know with the Super-Animal Showdown!
But what is for certain is that this tournament can’t run without your votes … so vote early, and vote often, and tell your friends! This second round is going to see some beloved super-animals bite the dust. Advocate for your favorites, in the comments section below!