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Comics Should Be Good 2014 March Madness: And the Winner Is…

Here is the winner for this year’s Comics Should Be Good March Madness.

This year, you chose which characters you think would win in a (non “to the death”) fight.

Enjoy!

The winner of the Superman/Thor battle…

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was Superman, 52% to 48%, out of 4,349 votes cast.

Here’s the final bracket…

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Thanks for playing everyone!

See you next year!

56 Comments

i think people severly underestimated robin here, damian is willing to go further than anyone else to defeat his opponent. sure he couldnt beat superman, but i had him making it to the final 4

LouReedRichards

April 8, 2014 at 9:43 am

Oh well. ‘Twas a worthy battle and all that.

Congratulations to the Superman folks.

At least Batman didn’t run away with it.

I STILL think Ambush Bug could have taken this, he just needs his chance.

Like I said, one of these dudes was mothafuckin’ Superman, and one of em aint.

Not how I thought it would go, but he is Superman.

The good guys always win, even in the 2000s.

Would be interesting to see how this would have gone had Hyperion or Sentry been involved.

Yay!

The right man won. (Well, given that John Constantine was already out of the running)

The media is biased in favor of Superman because he’s a journalist in his secret identity!

Michael Howey

April 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

But not the new 52 version.

Dr. Strange is tough. no way he beats THE Herald of Galactus.

Willie Everstop

April 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hawkeye was robbed!

Congrats, son of Krypton. I think that the voters got it wrong, but it’s not the first time I’ve felt that way …

‘Twas a well-fought battle, indeed. Enjoy.

Tracer Bullet

April 8, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Somebody really wanted to include that “Spinal Tap” joke.

I hate to say I told everyone this was going to happen if you chose Superman and Thor but I told you so. They even used the fight I mentioned as an example. Oh well. Congratulations Superman fans. I still say Spider-Man, Hulk, Deadpool, Or Cap should have won. I used a different name when I said this would happen.

So how many times did you vote? Hopefully, the poll only registered one per IP user. Otherwise my family of six could have had interesting advantage. Just sayin. By the way Thor rules.

Hmmf. I’m a DC fan but I went with Thor. Supes is just too inexperienced in the new 52.

Much love for Superman since “82″ but I still say there’s no way in sam hill he would have beat the Hulk!

Hulk’s pretty unbeatable in the Marvel Universe, but as a child of the ’70s, this is my experience of a Hulk vs. Superman fight.

The Gorn Identity

April 8, 2014 at 2:21 pm

SUPERMAN! The first and greatest superhero of them all!

I think the majority of the posters from the last thread was pro Thor. Yet the NEW 52 Supes won…?

Thor should have spent more time preparing and less of his 30 minutes drinking mead. Summon some dark clouds and block out the sun (you are the God of Thunder, after all) and Kal-El will eventually fold in late rounds. Ah well, there’s always next year. A fun diversion – kudos all.

Where was Extrano? He had a good chance here…

I think the seeding was way of, scarlet witch and 11 seed, the committee really fucked up the seeding

GokaiRed: Yeah, those who speak loudest aren’t necessarily a real indication of the majority, so you never know.

Rotten Arsenal

April 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Boooooooooring!

This has been done a million times on the internet and Thor usually wins. One time out of ten Superman could win this, I’ll give him that. Last year he got beat by Batman

I have some issues with this bracket. Power Girl/Flash. As fast as the Flash is, if couldn’t beat Superman, then he certainly can’t be Power Girl.

Darkseid/Wonder Woman. There’s been only three people who can go toe to toe with Darkseid: Superman, Orion, and Highfather. Wonder Woman isn’t one of them.

Lex Luthor, the only way he could win is if he was well prepared for his opponent and knew their weakness. Otherwise he wouldn’t be able to win if he was just thrown in with them.

Captain America/Wolverine: No way that Captain America could beat Wolverine in drawn out fight.

Silver Surfer/Jean Grey: That could go to Jean if she’s the Phoenix.

Silver Surfer/Doc Strange: Could go either way. Depending if the Surfer can be affected by magic.

Scarlet Witch/Hulk: I’d put it to Scarlet Witch, all she had to do is put the Hulk under a sleeping spell and win.

Hulk/Thor: After much destruction it would probably come down on who can endure the most.

I voted for Thor, but I can’t complain about this outcome. I mean, this wasn’t like the last contest, which had Batman vs Thor in the final round. On that one, there was simply no way for Batman to win. Here, you had two well-matched contenders, and it was possible to argue in good faith for either one emerging as the victor.

Interesting to compare these results to the last competition:

2014: Winner was Superman, with 52% to 48%, out of 4,349 votes cast.

2011: Thor and Superman fought in the final four, with Thor beating Superman, 56% (844) to 44% (653).

The final round in 2011 was between Thor and Batman. Thor won, 58% (1871) to 42% (1335)

I still feel that Thor got robbed in that JLA/ Avengers crossover. Thor is like Capt. Marvel with a hammer and it has been repeatedly shown that Capt. Marvel can beat Superman.

Darkseid/Wonder Woman. There’s been only three people who can go toe to toe with Darkseid: Superman, Orion, and Highfather. Wonder Woman isn’t one of them.

Wonder Woman has defeated Darkseid by herself several times in the comics. Not strictly through brute force, because that’s not how she fights.

Thor is like Capt. Marvel with a hammer and it has been repeatedly shown that Capt. Marvel can beat Superman.

Actually, it’s been shown many, many times that Superman and Captain Marvel are pretty evenly matched and that the magical source of Billy’s strength has always been irrelevant. The Superman vs. Shazam trade paperback collecting many of these matchups would be instructive reading.

buttler:”Hulk’s pretty unbeatable in the Marvel Universe,”

The Silver Surfer has done it.So has Thor.

buttler:” but as a child of the ’70s, this is my experience of a Hulk vs. Superman fight.”

Actually, that one was a pretty clear illustration of what not to do in a fight with the Hulk. Superman has the initial advantage in power, but he does not go for a knockout. Instead, he uses a rope-a-dope strategy (perhaps something he learned from his encounter with Muhammad Ali?), which allows the Hulk to grow in strength. The lesson? Don’t try rope-a-dope with the Hulk. He doesn’t get tired.

buttler:”Actually, it’s been shown many, many times that Superman and Captain Marvel are pretty evenly matched and that the magical source of Billy’s strength has always been irrelevant. The Superman vs. Shazam trade paperback collecting many of these matchups would be instructive reading.”

Interestingly, when Captain Marvel did use magic against Superman (KINGDOM COME 4, where he blasts Superman with the magical lightning bolt that transforms Billy into the Big Red Cheese), he really put the hurt on Supes. Given that scenario, one wonders how the New52 Supes would bear up under multiple magical lightning blasts from Thor.

I mean… Superman is weak to magic… um…

Two aliens verses each other

Superman hands down. Forget about the comics and just watch the movies, it’s live action after all.

Y’know, if I thought hard enough about it, I’m pretty sure I could devise a way for Willy Lumpkin to defeat Superman or Thor. I’m sure it would be utterly ridiculous, but it is comics and I’m pretty sure that I could do it.

So that either won a popular vote of who would win in a fight when it’s a pretty even match to begin with shouldn’t really surprise anyone.

No way Superman would win this fight. The voters are just biased/don’t know much about comics. First of all, Superman is vulnerable to MAGIC!!! He wouldn’t stand a chance against Thor’s lightning surges. Secondly, Thor could travel to different dimensions, all he has to do is to drag the fight to a dimension without a yellow sun and the fight is over.

I voted Superman, but I bet at the end of the fight they were both…

“Mighty Thor”!!!

Here’s the thing: Thor’s hammer strike always seems to count only as much as a punch. Case in point, imagine two evenly matched regular humans in a fight. One has a hammer and the other one doesn’t. Assuming they both land blows, the hammer does exponentially greater damage than a fist. Surely, a hammer strike from Thor would: (A) be unblockable, (B) break some bones, and (C) do more damage than a punch from Doomsday. Am I wrong?

Mark Lapena, peopel always play the “you don’t read comics card” when someone doesn’t agree with your opinion. Superman is vunerable, yes but that doesn’t mean it one hit KO’s him. He’s still very durable.

I was expecting Batman to run away with it.

People were voting based on the new 52 version of Supes? Why would they do that? Well, I don’t know anything about that version of character. I voted for the Superman who could beat Thor. Ya gotta vote for the most iconic version of the character, not just the most recent.

Is corny dialogue one of Superman’s powers?

Also, Thor’s powers aren’t 100% magic-based like Enchantress and Loki; he’s like a male version of Storm with invulnerability and super strength. So yeah, I guess Kal-El stood a chance.

@Mr. Cronin: Third place match-up! Spidey vs. Bats! Por favor.

LouReedRichards

April 9, 2014 at 6:47 am

@Lorrie – Except when the rules explicitly state that it’s the new 52 version you’re voting for.

@Travis – you really just don’t have any shame do you? ; )

Superman wins! All is right with the world.

First of all, Superman is vulnerable to MAGIC!!!

Not really. Not in the way a lot of people round here seem to think.

Okay, Superman won.

But I’ll bet he had to break Thor’s neck to do it.

DanCJ:”Not really. Not in the way a lot of people round here seem to think.”

Tell that to vampires; their teeth and claws have no trouble shredding Superman’s skin.

@LouReedRichards:
I don’t pay any attention to silly rules of a silly rumbles game. Not everyone knows enough about every character, especially recently rebooted DC characters, to follow such arbitrary rules. I just picked who I wanted. The version of Superman I once read could probably beat Thor and was married to Lois, and that’s who I voted for. If someone wanted to vote for a film/TV version of a character, that’s fair, too.

The right character won.

N

Tell that to vampires; their teeth and claws have no trouble shredding Superman’s skin.

It’s been pretty inconsistently handled over the years, but there two easy explanations for that:

1 – Their teeth have a magical ability to cut through any skin – in which case their teeth would also cut Hulk/Silver Surfer/J’onn Jonz etc.

or

2 – John Byrne got that one wrong.

Ugh. Reading these comments, comic fans are the worst.

It’s always fun to see the panels Brian pulls out to convey the poll results. I need to reread JLA/Avengers. And the Amalgam series.

@marlowe…didn’t Captain Marvel lose that fight in Kingdom Come?

@trajan23 I never got how Thor would beat the Silver Surfer, when the Surfer was shown to knock the Hulk out with basically a flick of his wrist, yet Hulk beats Thor more times than not. The Surfer is just ridiculously powerful. Why people don’t realize that I don’t know. But I love your point about the Superman-Hulk fight. Letting the Hulk wail and get frustrated is NOT a good strategy. Flying high and swooping in for super speed punches and dodging “jumps” is a better tactic. (I’m not sure the heat vision would do enough to really beat the Hulk. Maybe upset him.)

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