It’s time for another comic book crossover battle, and for this installment, we will travel (once again) to the very bowels of hell and back. In a prior match up, we saw the devil himself fighting for each comic book company, but today we will take demon spawns and pit them in the arena. By demons spawns of course, I mean that they are part demon and part human, or at least residing in the human world alongside us. DC comics presents Etrigan, Marvel comics sends Ghost Rider, sCrypt Comics has Satan, Image is well known for Spawn, Dante springs to action for Capcom, Hellboy is presented by Darkhorse Comics, Scorpion teleports in for Midway, and IDW’s Ghostbusters series shows us Zuul. Check out the contestants’ brief bios and vote in our poll below. If you feel there is another good choice, then please add them to the list in the comments section and vote “other”.
Etrigan is a demon bound to the knight, Jason Blood. Once the incantation is recited, then gone is the form of man, replaced by the demon Etrigan’s form. The demon is forced to speak in rhyme and is under the will of Jason Blood, therefore working as a force for good. Blood is a trained combatant, with an extraordinary sword wielding skill. The Demon has enhanced strength and healing, is an expert in sorcery and mystic bolts, and has some telepathy in his arsenal of abilities. Etrigan first appeared in DC Comics’ The Demon #1 in 1972.
There have been many Ghost Rider’s throughout history, and all have exhibited mostly the same abilities. The demon Zarathos bonds himself to the soul of the next chosen rider. The fallen angel is then willed by the soul of the new rider. Once the chosen soul becomes ghost rider, their appearance changes into that of a flaming skeleton. Using chains embued with hellfire, and the ability to manipulate hellfire, these are only his first line of defense. The Penance stare is his deadliest ability which makes the victim of the stare feel the pain and sin that they’ve caused others. The rider tends to ride a flaming motorcycle, but has elected other vehicles as well. A Hellfire shotgun has been used as well, especially in the Johnny Blaze version. In Dan Ketch’s role as the rider, he has the will to change whenever needed, but initially only came when innocent blood was spilled. Ghost Rider first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Marvel Spotlight #5 in 1972.
Satan is thought by many to be THE devil, but he is only a general in his army. He represents the demon of anger and hatred. In his true form, he is very much the way people have perceived, but his secondary form is that of a human guise. As this false human, he owns a tattoo parlor where his many piercings, filed teeth, and tattoos are intimidating to any normal passerby. When Taylor Bryant, an ex-con with a violent past, gives in to his anger, he and Satan merge. Now in the form of a large, African American man, Satan joins his brother and sister demons in order to pave way for the arrival of the true face of darkness. Satan first appears in the 2013 novel, “Devil’s Dessert” by Rick Pipito.
Because of his life as an assassin for the U.S. government, Al Simmons was sent to hell upon his death. He made a deal with Malebogia (the devil) to come back and see his wife one last time. The deal was not exactly what he expected. Now a hell spawn, Simmons vows to destroy the legions of hell with all his might. His body is made of necroplasm, which enables him enhanced abilities, strength and healing. His cape, spikes and chains act as extensions of his body, and must replenish his dark energies by feeding on the dark energy of evil. He frequently uses military grade weaponry so that he doesn’t drain his necroplasm too quickly. There have been many Spawns through history, but none as prominent as Simmons. Spawn first appeared in Image comics’ Malibu Sun #13 in 1992.
Dante was raised by his human mother after his demon father’s death. Once his mother was killed, Dante vowed to hunt demons for the rest of his life. His physical abilities far exceed that of a normal man’s, including flight, and he uses these enhanced traits alongside his “Ebony and Ivory” dual pistols that never need to be reloaded, as well other blades and firearms forged by his father. Dante first appeared in Capcom’s Devil May Cry in 2001.
The offspring of a demon and a witch, Hellboy was raised by the United States Army and has lived as a force of good amongst humans since the second World War. He works as an agent for a special group within the Bureau, and investigates paranormal activities. Aside from superhuman strength, healing and endurance, he carries a utility belt of sorts with military weaponry, as well as his deformed, right hand of doom. Hellboy first appeared in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 in 1993.
Ninja, Hanzo Hasashi, was murdered at the hands of his bitter rival, and brought back from the Netherrealm as one of the dead’s demons. This revenant covers his skull face in his yellow ninja garb, and has not only kept his highly trained combat technique, but has also gained the ability to conjure fire. From the palm of his hand he can also project a sentient spear to pierce an enemy and drawn them to him. Even death cannot keep Scorpion at bay. He first appeared in Midway’s Mortal Kombat in 1992.
Zuul is a demon demigod known as the Gatekeeper to Gozer. The demon takes control of Dana Barrett in an attempt to bring about the Destructor. She has the ability to hover in midair, and once transformed into the Hell Hound form, she has horns, claws and fangs, as well as other unknown abilities. Zuul represents IDW comics, but first appeared in Ghostbusters the movie in 1984.
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a comic book battle. This time we bring in possibly the most difficult of battles yet. DC Comics has Mr. Mxyzptlk, Marvel’s imp is Impossible Man. Classics Illustrated Junior has properly portrayed Rumpelstiltskin. And Finally, sCrypt Comics has Djinn. Below is a brief description of each character. Vote for your favorite below or add your own worthy competetor.
Mr. Mxyzptlk (pronounced Mix-yez-spit-lick according to Superman the Animated Series) is an imp from the 5th dimension, who enjoys pranking Superman and the residents of Earth. He has the ability of reality manipulation, and is not bound by 3rd dimension rules. Basically, he can do anything imagined. His only known weakness is to get him to say his name backwards. Once that is accomplished, he is banished to the 5th dimension for 90 days before being able to come back to our world and begin his pranks again. He first appeared in Superman #30 in 1944.
Impossible Man has been at ends of the Fantastic Four as well as Silver Surfer and others over the years. He is an asexual alien race called the poppupians, and although he is not particularly a villain, his childish actions often make him appear that way. He has the ability to rearrange molecules to any way he wants, teleport, and shapeshift, giving him the nickname of Impossible man. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #11 in 1963.
There are many variations on the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but recent adaptations have described him as a dark lord that is able to spin gold from straw. He has a tendency to make deals with people for something in exchange, but it always has a price. The deals always work out to his advantage and not to the person making the deal with him. He has virtually limitless magical abilities, and a wicked agenda. His notable comic book appearance was in Classics Illustrated Junior #512 in 1967.
Finally, Djinn was an Arabian thief who was caught stealing from a King. When the residents of Atlantis made a deal with the King, Djinn had his soul extracted and placed within a magical lamp. The longer Djinn remains in the lamp, the greater his power becomes. It is only when one rubs the lamp that he is temporarily released from his confines and must expend some of this energy. He does so in the form of a wish, but the wish has unforseen consequences, and unless worded absolutely correctly to detail, something always goes unexpected. Djinn first appeared in “Souls 4 Supper” the novel, and is illustrated by artist Kelly Swann in “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.” (artwork above is the first concept art done by Kelly Swann in the coming graphic novel)
sCrypt comics is happy to announce that its dark lord reigns over all. Tehum is the true formless face of darkness according to your votes! Coming in for second place is Malebogia from Image comics as well as Grendel from Darkhorse. Not far behind them was Mephisto from Marvel. DC got no love however for Lucifer Morningstar.
Find out how truly dark Tehum is in my upcoming novel “Devil’s Dessert”, coming spring 2013. Thanks again for voting, and stay tuned for our next battle.
It is often unclear in comic books as to whether a dark entity is the true face of the devil or not. Now you can decide who would be the most appropriate ruler of Hell. Here are your contestants: Lucifer Morningstar rules in DC Comics, Mephisto deceives in Marvel Comics, Tehum is pure darkness in sCrypt comics universe, and Malebolgia threatens in Image comics.
Remember to cast your vote below, and if you feel that there is a better representative from another comic source, then by all means answer “other” and explain your choice.
Lucifer Morningstar is a fallen angel who left hell at one point to have influence on earth’s mortals. He often gives a person enough information to allow them to make a bad choice that will eventually send them to hell. He is immortal, knows everything, has acidic blood, super strength, flight abilities, can communicate with animals and super speed. His first appearance was in a dream in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65 in 1962.
Mephisto is known by many names. He is the ultimate deal maker, offering virtually limitless possibilities to one who would be tempted. He deals always come with a price however. Tangling with the most powerful entities in the universe, Mephisto lurks from the depths of hell only coming to earth when he sees fit. He knows magic, is immortal, & has unfathomable intelligence and physical abilities. His first appearance was in Silver Surfer #3 in 1968.
Tehum was created as light’s brother. He is pure, formless darkness (hence why there is no picture). As the ruler of dark, his demons strayed from the light with the belief that humans were mere toys for their godly amusement. Forbidden to physically come to earth, he lurked from the shadows having influence over all. That is until the day came when he was able to bring his legions to one final battle with the forces of light on earth. He is virtually immortal, and without form, his darkness can influence anything or anyone. His first appearance will be in “Devil’s Dessert” the novel in 2013.
Malebolgia is one of the many rulers of hell. Responsible for creating much of Hell’s army of hellspawns, Malebolgia is respected and feared as the most powerful of rulers. He can raise the dead, manipulate matter, has near limitless abilities in the 8th level of hell, can cast illusions and is a master of manipulation with high recuperative powers. Malebolgia first appeared in Spawn #1 in 1992.
So there are my choices for contestants. Please vote below and add your own choice if you feel they’d be placed well in this comic book face off.
It’s been two weeks since our post on Electrical powered comic book characters, and other than DC’s Black Lightning, everyone else was neck and neck. We can say that there is a victor from the battle. According to all of your votes, the king of electricity is Raiden from Midway Comics. Even giving up his godly immortality to make it an even match, proved to be uninhibiting.
So there you have it! Thanks again for your votes. The poll will remain open if anyone would like to turn the tables or further concrete the winner. Stay tuned for our next poll coming soon.
The next round of our comic book battles is upon us. Black Lightning zaps in for DC Comics, Electro shocks the Marvel Comic world, Herakles brings his Zeus bolt in the sCrypt Comics universe, The god Raiden thunders into the battle for Midway, and Elle Bishop stuns the Heroes universe of webcomics.
If you are new to our battles, it is simple. All you have to do is check out the info provided for each character (we encourage you to look further into each one as well) and then cast your vote at the poll below for who you believe will win this fight. If you believe that another character should be included, we put an “other” vote in there. You can check that and add a comment to let us know who you think should be in there. Here we go:
Jefferson Pierce is a key player in the DC universe. He was born with electrical abilities that (once he reached teenage years) enabled him to generate force fields, fly, and emit powerful electrical currents. Coupled with his skilled martial arts abilities, he fights for the side of good as “Black Lightning.” His first appearance was in Black Lightning #1 in 1977
Maxwell Dillon was repairing a power line when a freak accident mutated his dna. Suddenly, he was able to fly, control, and emit electricity. As the villain Electro, Dillon has proved to be a threat time and again in the Marvel Universe. His first appearance was in The Amazing Spiderman #9 in 1964.
Before the Greeks took pride in their Mythology, a man named Herakles (no picture available) was considered the strongest willed of the land. His bravery and natural ability to overcome normal human limitations made him a force with which to be reckoned. When his father, Zeus, presented him with a special rod, Herakles used the Zeus bolt to capture lightning from the sky and char his dark brother’s abominations. Herakles and his Zeus Bolt first appeared in “Bones At Breakfast” the novel in 2011.
As the protector of Earthrealm, the god of thunder, Raiden even gave up his immortality to become a contender in the Mortal Kombat Tournament. His abilities enable him to summon lightning, use the loud effects of thunder, and teleport in the form of electricity. His first appearance was in Mortal Kombat the video game in 1992, and later appeared in Midway comics.
Elle Bishop made her way into webcomics after debuting in the show, Heroes. She has the ability to generate electricity and use it down to a molecular level. Often giving in to her emotions, Elle is not someone to be taken lightly. Her first appearance was in the show Heroes in 2007.
So there you have it. Who do you believe would come out victorious in this struggle?
Most of this battle was at dead heat. With Marvel’s Sandman not even standing a chance, and DC’s Clayface barely making his mark, Midway and sCrypt came out as victors. Tremor, from the Mortal Kombat series and our own Barbas were too powerful for the heavy hitters, but could not overcome each other. Therefore I’ve announced a tie, with both having near 40% of the vote. Stay tuned for our next battle, and thanks for voting.
For our first comic book battle poll of 2013, I figured we’d be a little more down to earth (see what I did there?). Like all of our battles, we encourage you to vote at the bottom. The results of the vote will determine our victor. If you feel there is some other character that would fit in this fight, then by all means, click “other” and mention who your vote is for.
Now to get to it. For Marvel Comics, Sandman steps forward. DC has Clayface in their corner. sCrypt Comics brings Barbas to the fight. And Midway makes Tremor step forth. This battle will determine which comic book company has the superior king of the earth.
William Baker, aka Flint Marko, was exposed to irradiated sand in a nuclear testing facility as he escaped from prison. The result gave him a body that fused with sand. This gave him the ability to change shape, control the sand around him, Manipulate his mass and density and enhanced his strength and endurance. Sandman first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #4 in 1963.
Next up is Clayface. Though there have been various clayfaces throughout the comics, for this battle we are going to use the Matt Hagen version. Hagen was a treasure hunter who stumbled upon a pool of protoplasm, which gave him temporary abilities. Later replicating the process to be more permanent. This has given him a body composed of living mud with the ability to change shape, manipulate and divide his body, and shift his voice. The original (Karlo) Clayface first appeared in Detective Comics #40 in 1940, while Hagen’s version came later in Detective Comics #298 in 1961.
Barbas is a being from a time before mankind, when angels and demons ruled the planet. As the demon of Pestilence, Barbas has the ability to raise the dead from the earth, and replace lost body parts with those of others. The demon can command the earth to shape at will, and uses its minerals to help mend any lost or damage body. Barbas first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” (The novel) in 2010, while in graphic novel form first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers: Zombie Incidents” in 2010.
Tremor may not be well known outside of the Mortal Kombat universe of comics and games, but he is a heavy contender as well. As a member of the Black Dragon Clan, this ninja has a muscle mass that many believe is because of his hardened abilities. He can create earthquakes, channel rocks through him as a projectile, and even summon magma to emit fireballs. Tremor first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces in 2000.
Well, there you have it. The masters of earth control have spoken. Which is your favorite in this battle? Which do you belive would win? Cast your vote below, and stay tuned for the results in a couple of weeks.
The Age of Apocalypse is upon us, and how more appropriate as the Mayan calendar ends in just under two weeks. In a battle of immortals, DC’s Vandal Savage, and Dynamite Entertainment’s version of the Highlander didn’t stand a chance against the final two foes. sCrypt’s own Cain was neck and neck with Marvel’s Apocalypse, but in the end, the spirit form of Cain could not compete with his enemy’s immortality. Perhaps a rematch would be in the future, if Cain ever makes it back from the spirit realm. Only time will tell.
Thanks again for voting. Stay tuned for more of our fun comic book battles.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a comic book battle, so here is the next installment. Throughout time, some immortals have threatened the universe, while others have fought to protect it. In DC comics, the villain Vandal Savage, has gone up against the best and won. Marvel Comics has shown that Apocalypse works to ensure survival of the fittest. Dynamite Entertainment published a limited series based on the Highlander series and films, and brings Duncan MacLeod to cut off any immortal’s head that stands in hi s way. Finally, sCrypt Comics antagonist Cain has been wreaking havoc ever since killing his brother Abel long ago. Below will be a brief description of each, followed by the poll. Cast your vote, or click other and add your own choice for immortal.
The Marvel Comics universe is threatened by the oldest mutant on the planet. Born with gray skin and blue lips over 5,000 years ago, En Sabah Nur was abandoned by his parents and raised by ruthless generals. As he rose up through the ranks, he eventually came into possession of a suit created by Kang the Conquerer’s race. He has lived for millenia, died, and been brought back on numerous occasions. Feared by most who oppose his rule of survival of the fittest, he has become known as Apocalypse. He can alter his molecular structure in any way, shape, or size, and can generate energy and manipulate his own density. He is virtually unstoppable and immortal. Apocalypse first appeared in X-Factor #6 in July 1986.
A lowly Caveman was exposed to a meteor during the prehistoric era. Immediately gaining a genius level intellect, enhanced physical abilities, and immortality, he used these abilities to school himself in all forms of warfare and combat. For over 50,000 years Vandal Savage has sought to conquer the DC Comics earth. It is assumed that he was in fact key people throughout history including but not limited to Jack the Ripper, Julius Cesar, and Genghis Kahn. Vandal Savage first appeared in Green Lantern Vol 1 #10 in 1943.
Dynamite Entertainment brought the famed series Highlander to the comics. Duncan MacLeod has been revealed as the immortal who will be the only one. His clan of MacLeods have been around for centuries, but he is the one who is to rise to the top. By beheading other immortals, he gains their knowledge and abilities through the Quickening. Any immortal who has stood against him has eventually failed, and lost their heads. He can only die by having his own head removed, and finding someone capable of doing that has so far been impossible. Highlander comics first appeared in November 2007.
A major antagonist in the sCrypt Comics universe is known mainly for his roles in the novels. Cain was first born of Adam and Eve, and the first person to commit murder. For his wrongdoing, he had the mark of immortality placed upon him. For millenia he lived as a vampire, eventually graduated to a new form as a lycan lord, and after his body was disintegrated in a nuclear explosion, his soul remained behind as a wraith. By devouring other lost souls, he eventually gained enough power to interact with the physical realm, and through body possession was able to open a gateway to heaven and hell. There, he seeks out one thing… His will is to exact revenge for his immortal curse by killing the One True God. Cain first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel in 2010, and his first comic book appearance was in “Blood The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire” in 2011.
There you have it folks, cast your vote for who you believe would win in a battle among these immortals. Or if you have another choice to add, please feel free. Spread the word, and thanks for participating!