The year was 2012. The world was changing. The first successful bionic eye implantation took place. Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner skydived from space. And your beloved bastion of banter, Contest of Champions, began an indefinite hiatus that would span more than two years. But guess what? We’re coming home. We’re coming out swinging with a look at the debut of the heroes in a half-shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. Join us as we go back to a time before the turtles were baby-faced Golums, before they were cartoon goofballs, and before they were grim and brooding puppets. It’s Shredder vs. the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
This week on Contest of Champions, we’ve got two of the most prodigious, prolific dreamers in all of literature. It’s Dorothy versus Alice!
Voting ended on: Friday July 13th, 2012, 5:00pm
Miles/Dorothy beat Timmy/Alice
It’s an almost immutable law of comic books and movies that the sequel is better than the original. Face facts: The Dark Knight was better than Batman Begins, Iron Man 2 was better than Iron Man, Spider-Man 2 was the best superhero movie ever made and hence logically better than Spider-Man, and The Avengers was better than the dozen movies that came before it. It makes a lot of sense! Folks like you and me KNOW all of these characters’ origin stories, but Joey Haircut down the street doesn’t, and he’s the one they’re making superhero movies for. The sequel, though, now that’s where we get into CoC territory: a slightly more obscure villain, more action, less boring exposition. This week, Contest of Champions explores whether the Iron Law of Comic Book Movie Sequels applies to a flick celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month: Batman Returns. It’s Batman versus the Penguin!
If comic books are to be believed, the world is just chock full of folks who need to be taken out with extreme prejudice. There’s the League of Assassins, the Assassins Guild, Bullseye, Elektra, Black Widow, Talia al Ghul, Hitman, the angel of vengeance Azrael. Hell, even Bucky was an assassin for a while! But when it comes to mercenary killers, two names stand head (shots) and shoulder (holsters) above the rest. This week, it’s Deadpool versus Deathstroke the Terminator!
Voting ended on: Friday June 22nd, 2012, 5:00pm
Timmy/Deathstroke beat Miles/Deadpool
If there’s one thing comics companies love more than having superheroes duke it out with supervillains, it’s having superheroes duke it out with each other. Superman and Batman have famously tussled. Wolverine and the Hulk fight all the time. The Punisher has battled pretty much everybody. Most of the time, a highly convoluted misunderstanding compels two heroes to lock horns, before they realize the error of their ways and team up to take down the bad guy. Sometimes, though, there are higher forces at work.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the granddaddy of all superhero slugfests, the namesake of your favorite superhero fighting website: it’s the Marvel Universe versus the Marvel Universe in the original Contest of Champions!
Voting ended on: Friday June 8th, 2012, 5:00pm
Timmy/Donald Duck beat Miles/Daffy Duck
In some ways, time can be an interminable slog. The workday is too long. The weekend too far off. That late summer vacation you have planned seems as if it will always remain a fixed, unreachable point on the horizon. But in other ways, Laurence Sterne’s words ring ineffably true: “Time wastes too fast: every letter I trace tells me with what rapidity Life follows my pen.” The weeks and months and years roll on without commemoration, the inexorable progress of time the most banal of foils to our hopes and plans. Time is like a handful of the sand dropping from one chamber of the hourglass to the other: the more tightly and desperately we try to hold on to it, the more of it slips through our fingers. A sober recognition of time sneaks up on you in the most unexpected of moments. Like when you go to the movies and see a preview for The Amazing Spider-Man and think “They’re making another Spider-Man movie? They just made one . . .” (and there he is. The chill, ghostly specter of time, tapping you on the shoulder and reminding you that however many or few days you have left, you’ll always be walking toward the end and away from the beginning) “. . . 10 years ago?!”
This week on Contest of Champions, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, and remember the first time we saw that most epic of rivalries on the big screen. It’s Spider-Man versus the Green Goblin!
The 80s were a unique time. Thanks to Daredevil, ninjas were inexplicably popular. Thanks to the New Mutants, teenage mutants were at the top of the comic book heap. The big publishers were bloated caricatures, ripe for satire. Actually, come to think of it, when have ninjas and teenage mutants not been super popular, and when have the big publishers not been bloated caricatures? Alright, let’s start over. The 80s were a very ordinary time, but they gave us one of our most beloved superhero teams, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But are Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello up to the task of taking down the hero who inspired them? This week, we find out! It’s Daredevil versus the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Voting ended on: Friday May 25th, 2012, 5:00pm
Miles/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat Timmy/Daredevil