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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!)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The wait is nearly over! Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters this week!

Captain America The Winter Soldier

To get you read for the big event, here’s a run-down of related articles here on Longbox Graveyard.

Anticipation for Winter Soldier has been immense! Ever since the movie trailer dropped last year, the hits have rolled in for my Top 10 Captain America Villains post, making it the most-visited article in Longbox Graveyard history. Here you can read about Red Skull, Baron Strucker, and … the Winter Soldier!

The Winter Soldier

Longbox Graveyard has also reviewed the Ed Brubaker Captain America run upon which Winter Soldier is based

 tremendous cover image

… and looked at other seminal moments in Captain America’s history, such as the time he gave up his mask to become Nomad

Captain America No More!

… and the first appearance of Arnim Zola!

first appearance Arnim Zola, Captain America #208, Jack Kirby

If you are interested in reading more Captain America adventures, you won’t go far wrong checking out my Top 5 Captain America Graphic Novels

Captain America Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

… and for a really deep dive, visit my Red Skull Gallery, my Captain America Gallery, and also review this collection of Captain America’s Patriotic Speeches!

Enjoy the movie!

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!)

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