Video games have never been more popular, but what epic rivalries lay at the heart of them? Allied troops versus Nazis? Space troops versus aliens? One football team versus another football team? Boooooring! Let’s hearken back to the good old days, when the scrolling was side-to-side, the pixels were enormous, and even the most beat-up games would work if you blew on them enough. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the granddaddy of all video games, we take a look at the battle between a diminutive Italian plumber and a giant fire-breathing reptile. It’s Mario vs. Bowser!
The game we’re talking about this week is Super Mario Bros..
Behind the world’s greatest superheroes are the world’s greatest mothers. Without these two women, who knows? Maybe Peter Parker wouldn’t even be smart enough to be on a field trip to a nuclear lab, and maybe Kal El would have been raised by wolves. But who is the greatest mom of them all? This week on Contest of Champions, it’s May Parker vs. Martha Kent!
After the death of Richard and Mary Parker, May and Ben Parker took in their nephew Peter, raising him as a son. Peter eventually became Spider-Man to avenge the murder of his Uncle Ben. May remained Peter’s main source of love and support, teaching him right from wrong, and keeping him filled up on wheatcakes.
Martha and Jonathan Kent were simple farmers in Smallville, Kansas, when they happened upon a mysterious spaceship that fell from the sky. Inside was Kal El, last son of Krypton, who Martha and Jonathan raised as their own son. Kal (or Clark) eventually became Superman, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way, and leaning on the values instilled in him by his mother Martha.
Voting ended on: Saturday September 19th, 2015, 11:59pm
Miles and May Parker from the Earth-616 Spider-Man comic books beat Timmy and every incarnation of Martha Kent, 24-6!
Contest of Champions is nothing if not behind the times. Ant Man has been out for a month and a half, but we’re only getting around to it now. But good things come to those who wait, precious readers. This summer’s superhero blockbuster, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly, is a delightful romp, and at the center is a miniature melee between two tiny titans. This week on Contest of Champions, it’s Yellowjacket vs. Ant Man!
The movie we’re talking about this week is Ant-Man.
All right-thinking people can agree: the less said about the new Fantastic Four reboot, the better. Ok, now that that unpleasantness is out of the way, let’s crank up the ol’ time platform and travel back to a simpler time, when you could make a movie about a man made of orange rocks who could say “it’s clobberin’ time” (relatively) un-self-consciously. The year was 2005, and the flick was Fantastic Four, featuring a battle between Marvel’s first family and their most fiendish foe. This week, it’s Doctor Doom vs. the Fantastic Four!
The movie we’re talking about this week is 2005′s Fantastic Four
The treasure hunt is among the most persistent tropes in storytelling. What’s the difference between a treasure hunt and the story of a mysterious artifact that very predictably stays hidden? A top notch treasure hunter, of course, and this week Contest of Champions pits two of the best against each other. It’s Scrooge McDuck vs. Indiana Jones!
Scrooge McDuck is a zillionaire duck, probably the richest guy in Duckburg if not the world. Along with his nephews–Huey, Dewey, and Louie–Scrooge is always hunting for new sources of wealth, or defending his fortune from an exotic cast of villains.
A professor of archaeology, Dr. Henry Watson Jones periodically gets out of the classroom to recover precious artifacts, and foil Nazi plots of world domination, as the high-flying adventurer Indiana Jones.
Voting ended on: Saturday August 8th, 2015, 11:59pm
Miles and Scrooge McDuck from the television cartoon, DuckTales beat Timmy and Indiana Jones from the Indiana Jones movie franchise, 21-10!
We talk a lot about comics on this site. And comics movies. And comics TV shows. But we’ve never talked about a new kind of medium: the comic book Netflix streaming show. That changes today. This week, Miles and Timmy yap it up about the new frontier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the debut of the Man Without Fear on the small screen. It’s Daredevil vs. Kingpin!
The show we’re commenting on this week is season 1 of Daredevil, the web television series created for Netflix.
When Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced, the cries across fanboy-dom could be heard: “didn’t we JUST have a Batman reboot?” Well, true believers, that all depends on what your definition of “JUST” is. It seems like only yesterday that Batman Begins came out, ushering in a whole new vision for the Caped Crusader. Guess what? That was ten whole years ago! To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the start of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, we’re taking a look at the battle that would come to animate the whole series. It’s Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul!
The movie we’re talking about this week is Batman Begins
Summertime is baseball season. Just because Miles and Timmy are probably the complete opposite of what you’d consider to be “athletes” doesn’t mean we can’t get in on the national pastime. This week, we’ve got two classic baseball movies from the 1990s on deck. So step into the batter’s box, choke up, and get ready for the high, hard stuff. It’s Angels in the Outfield vs. Rookie of the Year!
Angels in the Outfield
Young Roger and his buddy JP are in foster care and love baseball. When Roger’s father sarcastically remarks that they’ll be a family again when the Angels win the pennant, Roger prays for help for his favorite team. A group of real angels that only Roger can see descend from heaven and help the hometown team reach the championship.
Rookie of the Year
Young Henry Rowengartner loves baseball. One day, he breaks his arm fielding a fly ball. After Henry’s tendons heal too tight, he discovers he now has a rocket arm. Henry catches the attention of his beloved and hapless Cubs and is asked to join the team. First seen as a gimmick and mascot, Henry helps the team surge to the top of the standings and eventually the championship.
Voting ended on: Saturday June 27th, 2015, 11:59pm
Miles/Angels in the Outfield beat Timmy/Rookie of the Year, 41 – 13!