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Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness — Winner Announced!

The final votes have been cast in the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament, and your champion is …

Bucky & Cap

BUCKY BARNES!!

Bucky rode a wave of last-minute Saturday votes to pull off the upset over the tournament’s top seed, Robin!

Bucky Wins!

It was a see-saw week for Bucky and Robin, with Cap’s sidekick taking an early lead, before Robin settled into a seemingly-comfortable lead by mid-week. But as had been the case in previous rounds, Bucky enjoyed a Saturday Surge … maybe Bucky’s fans are like Winter Soldiers, awakening only once each week to vote for their hero?

Here’s the path Bucky took to the championship:

Bucky's Path of Glory

And so Bucky Barnes rides the perfect storm of circumstances to unlikely victory over Robin, the Boy Wonder. Just think of the odds Bucky had to overcome — from boy hostage to the idol of millions, headlining one of the biggest superhero movies of all time. A punchline no more, Bucky Barnes is the winner of the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament.

All hail the Winter Soldier!

The Winter Soldier

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Tournament, both by voting here on the blog, and in stumping for your favorite candidates on Twitter. It was a lot of fun … and we’ll do it again next year, with the Longbox Graveyard SUPER-PET Showdown March Madness Tournament!

(I understand Las Vegas already has Krypto as the prohibitive favorite!)

Krypto!

Was the fix in? Was the tournament fair? Did your favorite candidate get jobbed? Sound off in the comments section, below!

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Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness — Championship Match!

The Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament grinds towards its conclusion … and YOUR votes have determined the championship match!

  • (1) Robin defeated (4) Rick Jones, 61/39
  • (3) Bucky Barnes defeated (7) Wonder Girl, 57/43

Full results are posted here.

Robin had little trouble with Rick Jones — though he we challenged for the first time in this tournament — and the Boy Wonder has punched his ticket for the final showdown. On the other side of the bracket, Bucky Barnes trailed a hotly competitive Wonder Girl for most of the week, before a surge of weekend votes put him over the top. I guess being part of the biggest April weekend movie opening of all time will do that for you!

Here’s how our challengers made it to the championship match:

Road To The Championship

 

YOUR FINAL VOTE will decide who wins the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Sidekick Showdown! Vote below … vote early … and vote often! And tell your friends!

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH VOTING WILL CLOSE sometime in the evening of Saturday, April 12th. The winner will be announced here at Longbox Graveyard on Monday, April 14th!

Your votes have given us a great final, with two sidekicks who might be either side of the same coin. Both characters were introduced in the 1940s; both characters were loyal sidekicks to some of the greatest superheroes of all time; and both characters have changed with the times, even managing to step from the shadows of their mentors to become important heroes of their own! We’ve even got a Marvel vs. DC final, with all the emotional baggage that entails!

BUT ONLY ONE HERO CAN WIN! VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE SIDEKICK, BELOW!

Robin … the Boy Wonder … vs. Bucky, the Winter Soldier!

Voting for the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Sidekick Showdown will end sometime on the eventing of April 12th! 

(And tell us why your favorite sidekick deserves to win in the comments section, below!)

Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness — Final Four!

The second round of the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament is in the books … and YOUR votes have determined the winner!

  • (1) Robin defeated (8) Speedy, 94/6
  • (4) Rick Jones defeated (5) Kid Flash, 55/45
  • (7) Wonder Girl defeated (2) Jimmy Olsen, 63/37
  • (3) Bucky Barnes defeated (6) Harley Quinn, 73/27

Very little in this round went as I expected!

Robin’s victory was no surprise, but I thought Speedy would put up more of a fight. Rick Jones trailed Kid Flash all week, until a suspicious avalanche of last minute votes propelled him to victory … which is completely in the spirit of this competition, so the result will stand! Wonder Girl easily defeated #2 seed Jimmy Olsen (despite a comment on Twitter that Wonder Girl isn’t a proper sidekick), while the Harley Quinn fans failed to turn out in a contest that saw Bucky Barnes waltz to an easy victory.

Full results are posted here.

However they got here … the Final Four of the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament is now set!

Superhero Sidekick Final Four!

A spirited semi-final awaits, with Marvel vs. DC match-ups in both games!

The Final Four has begun!

Final Four!

YOUR VOTE will decide who advances to the championship match! Vote below … vote early … and vote often! And tell your friends!

FINAL FOUR VOTING WILL CLOSE sometime in the evening of Saturday, April 5th. Championship match voting will open back here at Longbox Graveyard on Monday, April 7th!

VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE SIDEKICKS, BELOW!

Robin … dominating his first two opponents, fully living up to his #1 seed … vs. Rick Jones, narrowly surviving two upset bids, now seeking to pull the ultimate upset himself!

Bucky Barnes … asked to beat up on another girl (not that it figured into his defeat of Harley Quinn) … vs. Wonder Girl, the tournament’s “Cinderella story,” the only lower seed to make it to the Final Four!

 Voting for the Final Four will end the evening of April 5th! 

(Cheer on your favorite sidekicks in the comments section, below!)

Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness — Round of 8

The first round of the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament is complete … and YOUR votes have determined the winner!

  • (1) Robin defeated (16) Snapper Carr, 93/7
  • (8) Speedy defeated (9) Toro, 66/34
  • (4) Rick Jones defeated (13) Aqualad, 51/49  (1 vote difference!)
  • (5) Kid Flash defeated (12) Arthur The Moth, 74/26
  • (2) Jimmy Olsen defeated (15) Bob, Agent of Hydra,  75/25
  • (7) Wonder Girl defeated (10) Skeets, 64/36
  • (3) Bucky Barnes defeated (14) Stripesy, 89/11
  • (6) Harley Quinn defeated (11) Fallout Boy, 78/22

Full results are posted here.

The first round saw every favorite advance, so I suppose the tournament committee did their job correctly … though if we had it to do over again, we’d reverse the seeding of Rick Jones and Harley Quinn. But doing so would have robbed the first round of its most nail-biting contest, as Rick Jones defeated Aqualad by a single vote

Nail-Biter!

On paper I thought Rick Jones vs. Aqualad would be no contest … a triple-sidekick and winner of the Kree/Skrull War versus an obscure salt water sidekick … but it just goes to show that not everyone is stuck in 1978, and that Silver Age Rick Jones isn’t the star he used to be!

It’s also the best proof possible that every vote counts in this tournament! Let’s get on to the Round of 8!

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YOUR VOTE will decide who advances to the Final Four! Vote below … vote early … and vote often! And tell your friends!

SECOND ROUND VOTING WILL CLOSE sometime in the evening of Saturday, March 29th. Final Four voting will open back here at Longbox Graveyard on Monday, March 31st!

With the pretenders out of the way, it’s time for the contenders to prove their superhero mentors chose wisely in naming them their sidekicks! There are some tough choices here, and I expect at least one higher seed will fall!

ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE! VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE SIDEKICKS, BELOW!

Robin … one of the few sidekicks who grew up to become a hero of his own … vs. Speedy, sidekick to Green Arrow, who sought his own identity as the adult Red Arrow!

Rick Jones … his best days as partner to the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel seemingly forgotten by fandom at large … vs. Kid Flash, the speedster-in-training who himself wore the mantle of the Flash for a decade!

Jimmy Olsen … cruising through the first round without once having to activate his signal watch … vs. Wonder Girl, seeking to overcome her tortured origins and step into the spotlight at last! 

Bucky Barnes … killer of Nazis and now back from the dead as the Winter Soldier … vs. Harley Quinn, fan favorite, doomed romantic, and Gotham City siren!

Voting for the Round of 8 will end the evening of March 30th! 

(And stump for your favorite sidekicks in the comments section, below!)

Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness — Round of 16

March means the NCAA Basketball Tournament here in the United States, and while it is one of the greatest events in all of sport, there isn’t always a lot of cross over between hoop fanatics and the fans of four-color funnies that read Longbox Graveyard.

To keep my loyal readers from feeling left out (and to provide a port in the office pool storm for folks who wouldn’t know Wichita State from the Wicked Witch of the West), I’m hosting the Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown! This single-elimination tournament will run between now and April 12th, with results announced here at Longbox Graveyard on Monday, April 14th!

Using a super-secret formula (which I made up on the spot), the Longbox Graveyard Tournament Selection Committee has seeded the sixteen top comic book sidekicks as follows!

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(Participants and seeds were assigned after consulting Wikipedia, Crave Online, Newsarama, and The Hero Complex!)

YOUR VOTE will decide the results of each round! Vote below … vote early … and vote often! And tell your friends!

FIRST ROUND VOTING WILL CLOSE sometime in the evening of Saturday, March 22nd. Second round pairings and voting will open back here at Longbox Graveyard on Monday, March 24!

Who will win the Sidekick Showdown? Will top seed Robin waltz to the final, or will hipster sentiment for drug-addled Speedy create an upset in his bracket? How will prohibitive favorites like Jimmy Olsen and Bucky Barnes fare against Cinderellas like Stripesy and Bob, Agent of Hydra? Can a very dangerous Harley Quinn ride her #6 seed all the way to the Final Four?

ONLY YOU CAN DECIDE! VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE SIDEKICKS, BELOW!

Robin … the ORIGINAL boy sidekick … vs. Snapper Carr … sidekick to the entire Justice League of America!

Speedy … disgraced, drug-shooting sidekick to Green Arrow … vs. Toro … inexplicably flammable partner of the Original Human Torch!

Rick Jones … sidekick to the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel, and the Deus Ex Machina winner of the Kree/Skrull War … vs. Aqualad … lame salt-water sidekick to Aquaman, the biggest punchline in the DC Universe!

Kid Flash … to an entire generation, a greater speedster than his mentor, The Flash … vs. Arthur the Moth … ironic sidekick to the ironic Tick!

Jimmy Olsen … kid reporter and Superman’s pal … vs. Bob, Agent of Hydra … Deadpool’s favorite whipping boy!

Wonder Girl … Donny Troy, bum-rushed by DC time and again … vs. Skeets … partner and foil to Booster Gold!

Bucky Barnes … Captain America’s wartime partner, and the once and future Winter Soldier … vs. Stripesy … kinda-creepy adult sidekick to the teenaged Star-Spangled Kid!

Harley Quinn … fatally attracted to the Joker … vs. Fallout Boy … faithful companion of the Simpsons’ Radioactive Man!

Voting for this round has closed. Voting for the Round of 8 will commence on Monday, March 24th! 

(And sound off in support of your favorite Sidekicks … and complain about seedings and snubs … in the comments section, below!)

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