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Dorothy vs. Alice





Dorothy vs. Alice

Dorothy vs. Alice

Ah, dreams. In all your dreams, it’s never quite as it seems, but they’re made of this. Whether you’re dreaming of California, or dreaming a little dream of me, don’t forget: it was all a dream.

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!

Dorothy

A Kansas farm girl, Dorothy Gale’s house is lifted off its foundation by a tornado and lands atop the Wicked Witch of the East, in the land of Oz. Equipped with the Wicked Witch’s ruby slippers, Dorothy embarks on a quest to the Emerald City to petition the Wizard of Oz to return her back to Kansas. With the aid of her new friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy successfully defeats the Wicked Witch of the West, only to learn that the Wizard of Oz cannot help her. Fortunately, her ticket home was with her the whole time, and she awakes to realize that her whole adventure was a dream.

Alice

In Alice in Wonderland, young Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole and finds herself in a topsy-turvy world of shape-changing food and potions, mad tea parties, and talking caterpillars. After crossing the malevolent Queen of Hearts and being set upon by her playing-card minions, Alice is awoken by her sister. In Through the Looking-Glass, Alice enters a mirror world and encounters Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, and a host of other strange characters.

Voting ended on: Friday July 13th, 2012, 5:00pm

Miles/Dorothy beat Timmy/Alice


Independence Day





Independence Day


Batman vs. The Penguin





Batman vs. The Penguin

Batman vs. The Penguin

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!


Deadpool vs. Deathstroke





Deadpool vs. Deathstroke

Deadpool vs. Deathstroke

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!

Deadpool

Like many assassins, Wade Wilson’s early life is shrouded in mystery. After an impressive start to his contract killing, Deadpool was brought into Canada’s Department K, a covert weapons-development division. He was implanted with the mutant healing factor of former Department K agent, Wolverine. Consequently, Deadpool possesses accelerate healing that allows him to recover from injuries faster than ordinary humans, to the point of being able to regenerate lost limbs or organs. His healing powers give him a virtual immunity to most diseases and poisons, and superhuman stamina. As a highly trained assassin, Deadpool is proficient in the use of many weapons, is an Olympic-class athlete, and a master hand-to-hand combatant. Deadpool suffers from psychosis and dissociative personality disorder.

Deathstroke the Terminator

Lying about his age to serve in the U.S. Army, a 16-year-old Slade Wilson served in Korea and rose through the ranks, while gaining mastery of hand-to-hand and guerrilla fighting skills. After volunteering for an experiment to enhance his adrenal gland in order to resist torture behind enemy lines, Wilson fell into a coma and awoke to find that his durability, strength, and agility increased to near-superhuman levels. He also gained the ability to utilize 90 percent of his brain, making him a master tactician. Deathstroke also has an enhanced healing factor, although he cannot regenerate lost limbs or organs like his lost eye, which was shot out early in his military career. Deathstroke also has superhuman reflexes, enabling him to effectively neutralize targets with superhuman speed.

Voting ended on: Friday June 22nd, 2012, 5:00pm

Timmy/Deathstroke beat Miles/Deadpool


The Marvel Universe vs. The Marvel Universe





The Marvel Universe vs. The Marvel Universe

The Marvel Universe vs. The Marvel Universe

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!


Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck





Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck

Daffy Duck vs. Donald Duck

We’ve done a few battles that have needed introduction. Just look at the picture up there: this ain’t one of them. It’s Daffy versus Donald: who ya got?!

Daffy Duck

Debuting in 1937, Daffy Duck is among the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. With a role in 133 short films, he is behind only Bugs Bunny’s 166 and Porky Pig’s 159 appearances among Looney Tunes characters. Daffy has been portrayed alternately as a nutty screwball and an egomaniacal braggart, but his most prominent role has been as the friend/foil to Bugs Bunny. Daffy has a distinctively exaggerated lisp.

Donald Duck

Debuting in 1934, Donald Duck is among the most beloved cartoon characters of all time. He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character, and is fifth behind Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and Wolverine in terms of comic book appearances. Donald has been portrayed as a pie-eyed optimist with a short temper, often leading him into violent confrontations, and also as a sometimes friend and rival to Mickey Mouse. Donald has distinctively exaggerated buccal speech.

Voting ended on: Friday June 8th, 2012, 5:00pm

Timmy/Donald Duck beat Miles/Daffy Duck


Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin





Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin

Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin

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!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Daredevil





Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Daredevil

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vs. Daredevil

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!

Daredevil

Putting himself in harm’s way to save a young man from being hit by a truck careening through Hell’s Kitchen, Matt Murdock was blinded by that truck’s cargo: radioactive waste. Although he would never see again, the radioactive waste heightened his other senses to superhuman levels. Using his abilities to avenge the death of his father at the hands of an organized crime syndicate, Murdock adopted the mantle of Daredevil, the Man Without Fear. Daredevil has super-heightened senses of hearing, taste, touch, and smell, as well as a radar sense, allowing him to “see” a crude 3D map of his surrounding environment. Daredevil is an exceptional athlete and experienced martial artist, mastering a hybrid form of fighting that combines boxing, ninjutsu, judo and aiki-jujutsu.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Remember that radioactive waste? You didn’t think anyone actually cleaned it up, did you? No, it drained into a nearby sewer where it mutated four turtles and a rat who until recently had been the pet of a ninja master. All of these creatures grew to human-like size and intelligence, and Splinter, who vividly remembered his master’s abilities, took the turtles as his wards and trained them in the art of ninjitsu, that they might one day avenge his master’s death at the hands of the evil Shredder and villainous henchmen, the Foot Clan. The turtles are all masters of ninjitsu, and each specialize in the use of a ninja weapon: Leonardo, the katana blades; Michelangelo, the nunchucks; Donatello, the bo staff; and Raphael, the sais.

Voting ended on: Friday May 25th, 2012, 5:00pm

Miles/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat Timmy/Daredevil


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