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Comics Should Be Good 2010 March Madness

After last year’s tournament, I decided it was so fun that we should do it again!

Welcome to the 2010 DC/Marvel Comic Character Tournament!

As the NCAA basketball tournament goes along, so will a series of polls matching various comic book characters against each other. You’ll have 24 hours (from when the polls go up) to pick whichever character is your favorite in each match-up (judged by whether they’re more interesting, more appealing, whatever criteria you feel like choosing). The winner will advance to the next round, so on and so forth until we get a champion on April 5th!

To seed the characters, I used their rankings from the Top DC/Marvel Characters poll from awhile back, mixed with some subjective re-seeding by me based on changes in characters since then (like Barry Allen becoming a major character again). Also, to make things a bit different from last year, I have split the characters into four regions based on when they debuted, Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age and Modern Age.

Here is the tournament bracket – click on it to get the full bracket and feel free to print it out if you’d like (I dunno if it fits on one page or not).


The voting begins right now for the first two regions and noon (Eastern) tomorrow for the next two regions.

Read on to see a more detailed list of the characters in the four regions….

(NOTE: Feel free to disagree with the following dates – but for the sake of this tourney, these are the dates that I’m using)

GOLDEN AGE (1938-1954)

1. Batman (Bruce Wayne)
2. Captain America (Steve Rogers)
3. Superman
4. The Joker
5. Robin/Nightwing/Batman (Dick Grayson)
6. Wonder Woman (Diana Prince)
7. Green Arrow (Oliver Queen)
8. Black Canary
9. Lex Luthor
10. Captain Marvel (Billy Batson)
11. Hawkman (Carter Hall)
12. Aquaman (Orin)
13. Catwoman (Selina Kyle)
14. Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie)
15. Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
16. Black Adam

SILVER AGE (1955-1969)

1. Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
2. Flash (Wally West)
3. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
4. Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
5. Dr. Doom
6. The Thing (Ben Grimm)
7. Hulk (Bruce Banner)
8. Iron Man (Tony Stark)
9. Thor
10. Flash (Barry Allen)
11. Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
12. Cyclops
13. Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
14. Magneto
15. Sinestro
16. Doctor Strange

BRONZE AGE (1970-1984)

1. Wolverine (Logan)
2. Nightcrawler
3. Kitty Pryde
4. Punisher
5. Emma Frost
6. Darkseid
7. Madrox
8. Iron Fist
9. Storm
10. Power Girl
11. She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters)
12. Luke Cage
13. Colossus
14. Swamp Thing
15. Rogue
16. Deathstroke the Terminator

MODERN AGE (1985-today)

1. Robin/Red Robin (Tim Drake)
2. Rorschach
3. John Constantine
4. Deadpool
5. Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner)
6. Starman (Jack Knight)
7. Dream/Morpheus
8. Booster Gold
9. Death
10. Jesse Custer
11. Impulse/Kid Flash/Flash (Bart Allen)
12. Spider Jerusalem
13. Yorick Brown
14. Superboy (Connor Kent)
15. Gambit
16. Jewel (Jessica Jones)

Here’s the links to the first two regions…

Golden Age Region, Round 1

Modern Age Region, Round 1

Check back tomorrow for the first rounds of the other two regions!

Now go get voting!


What, no play-in game between Nexus and Hopey? Shame!

Well, just like regular March Madness, I think most of the 9’s should be favored over the 8’s. :P

The most intriguing battle to me is Sinestro-Wally West. Sinestro has to be at the height of his popularity after the latest issue of Blackest Night, while Wally West has been in a bit of rut the last year or so. I expect Wally to win, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it was close.

I really wish this was just super heroes and not inlcude characters like Spider and Jesse Custer. I mean, I love those characters, but they seem out of place.

Brackets are always fun however.

Your choice to divide the regions by age should prove interesting. It pretty much guarantees certain characters being eliminated much earlier than they would under other circumstances.

I know people will always argue the years of the ages. I believe someone at Comics Buyer’s Guide wants to argue that we are still in the Silver or Bronze age. I feel that the ages last roughly 15-16 years, and your numbers are so close that I think we agree. Using the 15-16 year thought, I think the modern age would have ended somewhere around 2000 or 2001. I think 9/11, 2001 changed everything else, so why not end the modern age there? We are now in the post-modern age. But for the purpose of the tournament, I’ll not argue that the modern age has ended.

Glad you are doing all this work, and not me. I feel a headache coming on just thinking about it.

I’m probably alone on this, but Power Girl vs. Madrox is probaly the toughest choice for me.

It’s funny, I was just thinking about Power Girl and Madrox — not because it’d be a tough choice for me but because they’re both Bronze Age characters who get much more attention now than they ever did in the Bronze Age. Madrox especially was mostly just a guy in the background in crowd scenes back then.

I wish you’d omitted the previous tournament’s winners from this one, that would’ve kept things more interesting. It’ll be a tad boring to see yet another Batman vs. Spider-Man final match, with Batman winning.

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Actually, looking over the brackets I’m not going to be conflicted at all about the first round of Bronze & Silver matchups. The closest I am to torn with is that first pairing of Ditko heroes.

No love for Invincible? Not even over someone like Spider Jerusalem or Jessica Jones?

Jake, its only DC vs Marvel.

Well then two things:

1. I can’t read.
2. Great selections!

Batman takes gold. Why you ask? Because he’s the goddamn Batman.

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I’m a big Tim Drake fan, but a little surprised to see him as a #1 over Rorschach, Death and Dream.

He must have gotten bump for winning the Young Justice/Teen Titans conference tournament by beating Arrowette, Impulse and Superboy on successive nights (but hey, you give the kid some time to prepare…)

Too bad Rorschach was coming out of the (relatively weak) Watchmen conference and just took the automatic bid as the regular season champ.

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