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!
A surprising result in our comic book battle polls has taken place. Midway comics has their focus primarily in the Mortal Kombat universe, but that hasn’t placed a hindrance on their characters. Marvel on the other hand lost big. Jigsaw didn’t stand a chance as he was beaten out by DC, Darkhorse, and sCrypt by Two-Face, Darth Vader and Marcus the Stalker respectively. With 50% of the entire votes, Kabal was the overall winner for Midway.
Thanks again for voting in our poll, and stay tuned for our next comic book battle.
There are some men in comics who just can’t seem to show their faces in public. Even if they did, you wouldn’t want them around because their minds are just as scarred as their faces. Who are these men? DC Comics has Two-Face, Marvel Comics has Jigsaw, sCrypt Comics has Marcus (artwork by Dan Pipito), and Midway has Kabal. Below will be a brief summary of each character, and then a poll. Vote for who you think would win in a battle or add a character that you feel I should have included. Have fun and enjoy!
District Attorney Harvey Dent was a man who worked to keep the justice system truly just. That was until he had half of his face scarred for life. There are variations on his origin throughout the years, but the most common one would be that he had half of his face blown off in an explosion. Always a man who struggled with his inner demons, this tragic event forced his split personality to take over. Two-Face uses a coin to decide which half (Harvey Dent or Two-Face) would act in the decision. If he was flipping for you, you wouldn’t want to see tails, or you’d most likely be dead. He first appeared in Detective Comics #66 in 1942.
Billy Russo was a professional hitman and criminal for the Maggia crime family. As one of the very few people to survive being on the Punisher’s hitlist, Billy was thrown through a pane of glass head first. After barely surviving, he had a surgeon stitch his face back together like that of a jigsaw puzzle. As Jigsaw he is one of the most violent mob criminals ever to grace the pages of a comic. He first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #162 in 1976.
Marcus was a vampire in medieval times. He had no special abilities, other than his need for blood, and tendency to maim his victims. As he chased a woman through the forest, he was stopped by a young boy (who later grew to be King Arthur.) The boy threw a bucket of mined silver into Marcus’ face. It horribly scarred him, and forced him into hiding. When he emerged a month later, he earned the nickname the Stalker. From the shadows, he would follow his victims and toy with them until entire kingdoms were killed for pleasure and food. He first appeared in the novel “Blood, The Second Helping,” and his first graphic novel appearance was in “Blood, The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire.”
As a former member of the criminal organization known as the Black Dragons, he tried to turn his life around and serve for the greater good. When the evil emperor Shao Kahn invaded earth, Kabal barely survived. Now he needs a respirator to breathe, and hide his horribly scarred face. Originally, he reverted to his Black Dragon roots after the attack, but who knows what the future will bring. Just don’t cross his path if he is armed with his hook swords; he won’t hesitate to gut you from face to feet. He was first introduced in Mortal Kombat 3.
So there you have it. Four men who you don’t want to have as your enemy or your friend. Cast your vote below, and spread the word.
I thought I posted this, but I just found it in the draft articles. Sorry for the delay, but it goes back a few weeks to before our prior poll. This was our most interesting comic book character battle to date. Wanda Maximoff, The Scarlet Witch, was in Marvel’s corner, and while I expected her to be a heavy hitter, she fell flat with no votes. Another whom I thought would have been a heavy hitter was our favorite Oz resident, The Wicked Witch of the West, but Hungry Tiger Press was disappointed as well with no votes.
As expected, Sabrina The Teenage Witch did nothing for Archie Comics. Now here is where it gets interesting. Zatanna from DC Comics was evenly matched by a fan suggestion of Evil-Lyn by Mattel. The latter of the two was a great add by the way, so thanks always for fan input.
Finally, we come to the winners bracket, and it is a tie for first place. Capstone Press brought Malificent (from Sleeping Beauty) into the fight, and while she took a long distance lead over those below her, she could not defeat my own creation, sCrypt Comics’ Madame Callisto. This was a pleasant surprise, as I didn’t think she’d stand a chance against such a plethora of sorcerous women. If you are unfamiliar with Madame Callisto, then I highly recommend you check out the “Flesh And Leftovers” series of novels.
Again, thank you for voting and commenting, and stay tuned for our next comic book battle…
With the likes of Jack Bauer, Johnny Chong, The Red Hood, The Crow, Hartigan, and Judge Dredd, there is only one true person who brings justice. Poll results had Hartigan out in the first round. Everyone else fell soon after with a sweeping win by Marvel Comics’ The Punisher. Frank Castle is the true definition of capitol punishment.
Thanks for your votes, and be sure to vote again in our next battle. If you want to see the full coverage of this battle, check out the original post here https://scryptcomics.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/capitol-punishment-battle-poll/
One of my favorite comic book characters when I was growing up was an anti-hero. He was a good guy, who did bad things, so that the guilty could be punished. Sure, most of us are familiar with Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies or Liam Neeson in Taken. These are characters who push the boundaries, cross the line, and serve justice the way the judicial system won’t. Though I’d love to have the two mentioned above in this poll, this is a comic book battle, but don’t worry, there are plenty of contestants: The Punisher (Marvel Comics), The Red Hood (DC Comics), Judge Dredd (2000 AD Comics), Eric “The Crow” Draven (Image Comics), Sin City’s Hartigan (Darkhorse Comics), Jack Bauer (IDW Publishing), and of course my favorite of them all… Johnny Chong (sCrypt Comics).
Who do you think is the most likely to win this battle royale? Place your vote below or add your own to the poll. Need help deciding? Here’s a breakdown of each character:
For Marvel Comics: Frank Castle (Castiglione) was a veteran family man, but when his wife and child were murdered by the mob, he took his combat and field expertise into a new battle… “The War On Crime.” Since then, he has moved from city to city, vowing to bring justice to those who are unjust, in an eye for an eye manner. Those who are responsible for deaths of others will be found and killed by The Punisher’s hand. He is highly skilled in hand to hand and weapon combat, is an expert marksman and military tactician, Has an exceptionally high pain tolerance, and is in peak physical condition. He has also held his own in toe to toe battles with a few superpowered individuals. The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #129 (in 1974).
DC Comics: Jason Todd took over the mantle of Robin once Dick Grayson became Nightwing. After the Joker killed this new Robin, Todd emerged years later. Angry that vengeance hadn’t been sought out against the Joker for killing him, Todd began travelling the world as Bruce Wayne had. He trained in many forms of martial arts, and came back under the persona of The Red Hood. The difference between him and Batman is one thing… He uses guns and kills those whom he feels are no longer worthy of life because of their guilty acts. The Red Hood has fought not only Batman and many of his rogues, but gone up against the odds and come out victorious. Jason Todd first appeared in 1983, but didn’t become the Red Hood until 2005 in Batman #635.
2000 AD Comics: Judge Joseph Dredd comes from a future, where crime is rampant. There are no longer police, judges or juries. Instead, a group called Judges, consist of the law enforcement and serve the purpose of judge, jury and executioners. Joseph Dredd is the most well known of all the judges because of his effectiveness and decision making. Armed with a daystick, his Lawgiver pistol, and a large lawmaster motorbike, criminals should cower in fear and hide if he is coming their way. He is an excellent marksman, has bionic eyes that give him perfect nightvision, and is an expert in unarmed combat. Judge Dredd first appeared in 1977 in 2000 A.D. #2
Image Comics: Eric Draven and his fiance were murdered unjustly alongside a highway. A supernatural spirit known as the Crow ressurrected him because of his unjust murder and has vowed him to find those killers and wrongdoers, and show them true justice. He has enhanced catlike reflexes with superstrength and agility, a healing factor, resistance to pain or injury, and can see through the spiritual eyes of the crow. The Crow first appeared in Caliber Presents #1 in 1989.
Darkhorse Comics: Detective John Hartigan is a sixty something year old veteran officer in Basin city. He is able of withstanding immense amounts of pain before collapsing, including bullet wounds, and cares little for himself as he protects the innocent. Hartigan tends to let murderers and harsh criminals suffer a lot of pain before dying. John Hartigan first appeared in That Yellow Bastard in 1996.
IDW Publishing: Jack Bauer has worked as a government official for CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit). Often known to break the rules and push way beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, he will do whatever it takes to take down the bad guys. His interrogation techniques are effective, but considered heinous by some, as he will stop at nothing to get the truth. Terrorists and criminals intent on destroying the United States or harming the innocent, do not want to be in his path. He is highly trained with firearms and hand to hand combat, and has an unusually high pain tollerance. Jack Bauer first appeared in the show 24, in 2001, and since then has been brought to comic book form by IDW.
sCrypt Comics: Johnny Chong was the owner of a gunshop in Jim Thorpe, PA until a virus killed most of the residents of the town. After taking on hundreds of zombies, vampires, and even coming face to face with werewolves, he
decided to travel to China. There, he trained under the Shaolin Monks to be able to use his body and mind as a weapon, in addition to his vast knowledge of firearms. Having watched the woman he once loved murdered by a few thugs, he vowed to never let anyone he loved die by those likes again. Johnny Chong although not yet in comic book form, is a prominent character in the sCrypt Comics universe. He first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel in 2010.
So, there’s the info, folks. Vote below for your choice in who would win in an epic battle royale. If you think there is someone else that should be added to this fight, feel free to comment and
vote for “other”. Spread the word, and remember, the more votes, the better.
-Thanks again for the participation (sCrypt Comics)
It’s time for us to have a poll involving some of the women in comics. This battle brings us the following female masters of magic: Zatanna (DC Comics), Scarlet Witch (Marvel Comics), Madame Callisto (sCrypt Comics), The Wicked Witch Of The West (Hungry Tiger Press), Malificent (Capstone Press Publications), Sabrina The Teenage Witch (Archie Comics). Below, I will write a brief summary of each witch and then there will be a poll. Please vote for your favorite, or add someone whom you think would be fitting in this battle.
First up is DC’s Zatanna Zatara is from a family of skilled magicians. She began her career as a stage illusionist, but discovered her magical abilities when her father went missing. She is a valued member of the Justice League, and was once a guardian to the world’s greatest wizard. Zatanna has to speak her magical spells backwards or write them in blood in order for them to be cast, but no one knows the full extent of her capabilities. She has even gone so far as to ressurect an entire city from ruins, wipe memories clean and command the elements. Her first appearance was in Hawkman vol 1 #4 in 1964.
Wanda Maximoff is Marvel’s Scarlet Witch. The twin sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto has proven herself worthy to both good and evil. By casting hexes, she can alter the probability of things making the impossible possible. Her chaos magic and reality altering spells enable her to be one of the most formidable mutants in the universe. She even resurrected a friend from the dead at one point, as well as held resistance against the powerful Phoenix force. Her first appearance was in X-Men #4 in 1964.
The Wicked Witch of The West had a prominent role in Hungry Tiger Press’ Oz comics. Most of us are familiar with her story, and know that she is as evil as she is wicked. She uses a broom to fly and has a golden cap, which is used to command an army of winged monkeys. The limits to her magics and potions are unknown, but she has been known to stop time, conjure fire, cast sleeping spells, and force people to dance until they die. Her first appearance was in L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz” in 1900.
Madame Callisto (aka Lenore the Seer) is a key player in the first trilogy of novels from the sCrypt Comics universe. She has lived for thousands of years with the curse of vampirism, but has played it to her advantage. As a wielder of the voodoo magic known as macumba, she commands legions of brainwashed zombi to do her beckon call. With the ability to see the future, taking her by surprise would be an extremely difficult task. Her first appearance was in “Flesh and Leftovers” the novel. First graphic appearance was in “Flesh And Leftovers: Zombie Incidents” in 2010.
Malificent’s name literally means “doing evil or harm.” With horns of the devil upon her head and a pet crow named diablo, she is one of the most powerful sorceressess in the universe. She has the ability to change her form into a giant black dragon, as well as casting spells decades in advance, hurl lightning bolts, and create walls of thickets just to name a few. This evil fairy has been seen in graphic novel form by Capstone Press Publications. Her first appearance was in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in 1959 (which is based off of a story from the late 1800s.)
Sabrina Spellman, the Teenage Witch, might be thought laughable to some, but she shouldn’t be taken lightly. She is the daughter of a human and a warlock, who is forbidden to tell others about her abilities. She uses them to help others in times of need, but has used them for her own selfish desires as well. Armed with a vast array of magical powers, the ability to time travel, and disguise herself by shapeshifting, Sabrina could hold her own against a lot of the world’s most powerful magic. Her first appearance was in Archie comics’ Archie’s Mad House #22 in 1962.
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In honor of The Dark Knight Rises being released this week, I’ve decided to take a look back at Batman in film. Of course animated shows like “The Batman”, “Batman The Brave and The Bold,” and the animated series in the seventies showcased the world’s greatest detective, but which actor has portrayed him the best throughout the years? Let’s take a look.
“Batman” first took to the screen in 1943, and was portrayed by Lewis Wilson. Not many people today have seen this incarnation (myself included), but it broke ground for the character making it on film. His costume look like a bad pair of pajamas today, but for its time, this was stunning. The look of Alfred in the comics actually changed to match this version from what originally had been an overweight butler to the thin version we all know and love today.
Six years later, another 15 chapter series was made starring Robert Lowery. This time it was called “Batman And Robin,” and though this didn’t feature any of the hero’s popular rogues either, Vicki Vale was a prominent character alongside Robin making his debut. Batman’s chest logo was slightly different, and his ears resembled more like Devil horns than the traditional look, but at least this guy made it onto dvd years later.
Decades later, Adam West brought Batman to the screen in a campy series and movie. They even did a reuinion movie a few years back. Pretty much all of Batman’s classic rogues gallery made it this time, as well as Batgirl. Sure, it may have been cheesy, but it was highly addictive to watch and safe for kids. If it weren’t for Adam West, Batman might not have quite the allure that he has today. This show is what really brought attention to the character.
A couple more decades passed and we were given an entirely unseen version of the character. Michael Keaton portrayed him in 1989’s “Batman,” and again reprised the role in 1992’s “Batman Returns”. This defined the character as we know him today and included the villains: Joker, Penguin and Catwoman.
For the next film, “Batman Forever,” his predecessor did not want to reprise the role, so Val Kilmer took over the suit. Gotham city took on a more colorful tone, and some of the campiness was reintroduced to make it a little less over the top dark. Robin, The Riddler and Two Face were introduced to this version.
After one film, he bailed and George Clooney took over the role in “Batman and Robin.” Even with Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Bane and Batgirl being introduced, the dialogue and character changes upset enough fans to make this one of the most hated films of all time. Still, Clooney had a decent look and brought the hard jawed characteristic back to the character. There was also another two sequels in the works. “Batman Triumphant” would have brought the scarecrow and harley quinn around, as well as Jack Nicholson back as the Joker, but that was thrown out the window when the fourth one failed miserably. There would have then been a “Batman: Dark Knight,” that would have seen Clooney solo again as Batman tried to prove his innocence. Apparently Man-Bat would have been the only villain, making the city believe it was the hero commiting the crimes. Clooney was supposed to be involved with both of these films which never saw the light of day.
During the time of these four movies, and beyond we were lucky enough to have another animated series. I’m only including Kevin Conroy in this because he has defined the perfect voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne for over two decades now. It began with “Batman The Animated Series” went on to other animated DC Universe projects and recently he has done the voice for the “Arkham Asylum” video games.
Many fan films have been created over the years, and actor Clark Bartram was chosen by a lot of people to portray a buffer looking Batman for any hollywood movie in the works. Of course, he never was taken seriously by film makers, but he starred in the “Batman: Dead End” and “World’s Finest” short indy films. You can watch these on Youtube and other online sources.
Finally, we come to the current Batman. Christian Bale has portrayed the character in “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” and “The Dark Knight Rises”. Ra’s Al Ghul, The Scarecrow, Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, Bane, and even a brief cameo by Mr. Zsaszz came into this much darker and realistic version. Bale has taken his batvoice to a whole new level, but has also upped the stakes with his portrayal of badassery.
All in all, it is a difficult choice for myself. Michael Keaton is personally my favorite interpretation of the character, but cannot deny the awesomeness of Bale, Conroy, and yes Adam West. Remember, there have been many different shades of Batman in comics over the years, so even the campy things can’t be ruled out. Who is your favorite Batman? Vote below, and feel free to discuss.
Who is the better fighter? Who will come out on top? Batman takes DC Comics’ corner (above left). Taskmaster fights for Marvel Comics (Above Center). Kristoff The Wiser takes a stand for sCrypt Comics (Above Right – artwork on Kristoff by Dan Pipito). Like the other polls, I will do a quick summary of each character, and then you choose who you believe would win. Please vote for one of the choices, or add your own on who you think would fit the battle well. The more votes, the better the results.
First up is Batman. Bruce Wayne was only a young boy when he witnessed both of his parents murders. From that point on, he vowed to instill fear and exact revenge on those who prey on the innocent. He traveled the world, learning many different skills and forms of combat. As a master detective, he combines all of these skills with multiple contingency plans; in order to take down criminals around the world. Even though he has no super powers, those who do, fear what he is capable of as well. With the Wayne estate’s billions of dollars, he has a gadget for almost every situation. His abilities include a genius level intellect, peak physical and mental conditioning, a photographic memory, mastery in multiple forms of combat, and an expert marksman. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.
Next is Tony Masters (aka The Taskmaster). His abilities were first exhibited as a young boy, while watching television. After seeing a cowboy use his lasso, Masters was able to mimic all of the intricate rope tricks. Since then he has primarily being a supervillain, but he has on occasion worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. and other agencies as a trainer and undercover operative. Taskmaster is someone who is not to be taken lightly. He has the ability to absorb knowledge instantly, mimic voices, and adapt to any fighting style by learning and replicating his opponents moves in a manner of seconds. He also has mastered the use of weaponry and carries an extensive arsenal. Taskmaster first appeared in Avengers #195 in 1980.
Our final combatant is often referred to as “Kristoff The Wiser.” For over a thousand years, he has had the gift of knowledge. Although he has the thirst of a vampire, he preys on the guilty. A unique ability to study anything from book lessons to physical skills enables him to be a threat to any who stand in his path. His one goal is to be able to cure himself of vampirism. Until the day where he will find the cure, he will terrorize the criminal scum who cross his path. Kristoff was first mentioned in “Flesh And Leftovers,” first appeared in “Blood, The Second Helping,” and his first graphic appearance was in “Blood The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire.”
So there it is folks. Vote for DC’s Batman, Marvel’s Taskmaster, or sCrypt’s Kristoff. As mentioned above, feel free to add your own choice to the poll below.
This poll was one of the closest we’ve had so far. Marvel comics’ Sabretooth put up an amazing fight, but in the end, it was his bloodlust and rage that caused him to make bad strategic decisions, and his healing factor will be piecing him back together for a long time. DC comics’ Kalibak had brute strength over his other two competitors, but was a little dumber as well. He’ll be back again someday, but since he failed to win this fight in his father’s name, Darkseid will surely punish him accordingly.
And our winner is Darius Moon from sCrypt Comics’ universe. He has the wisdom of thousands of years, the rage of a dozen beasts, and the immortality of a vampire. Combine this with the bite of a werewolf, and Darius walked away from this struggle, and returned to the silence of the forest.
With all of the comic con news on this blog, it seems that the voting fell short this time, but at least there was a clear result. Next poll will be coming soon, so make sure to cast your decision on the winner, or add your own combatant. This poll will remain open, so let’s see where it would go if there is a round two. Thanks again for voting!
Here is another installment of our comic book character battles. Please vote for your choice below, and spread the word to vote as well. (You can also add your own choice of character to the poll if you feel someone else is fitting.
Now, let’s get on to it. Battling for DC comics is Kalibak – pictured above left. In the Marvel Comics corner we have Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth) – pictured above center. And as always, our own sCrypt comics sends Darius Moon (post experimentation) into the fray – pictured above right (art by J.C. Spence). Let’s break it down.
Kalibak is a ruthless monster from the race of new gods. As the son of Darkseid, he is always trying to gain favoritism over his brother. To do so, he will kill or commit any heinous act, just to impress his father. He has failed in the past, but it never stops him from trying again. With superhuman strength, agility, endurance and speed as well as immortality (he has died and come back numerous times), Kalibak can tear his enemies limb from limb with ease. First appearance was in New Gods #1 in 1971
Sabretooth is just as menacing. Often giving in to his animalistic rages, he has been known to slaughter countless enemies, leaving them dismembered and disemboweled. Even Wolverine has a difficult time holding ground in a battle against him and is often defeated by Victor Creed. He murdered his own family over what began with a dispute over a piece of pie (though didn’t harm his mother). After enlisting in the weapon X program, he became a mercenary for hire, and earned money for what he did best… killing. With a healing factor, superhuman senses and reflexes, retractable claws, and fangs, Sabretooth is one mutant with whom you don’t want to cross paths. First appearance was in Iron Fist #14 in 1977.
Darius Moon lived for centuries as a vampire, but eventually he was captured by the U.S. government and subjected to genetic experimentation. They crossed traits from multiple animals into his body, which altered his appearance into a lupine like state. It also affected him mentally. With enhanced speed, senses, strength, a healing factor, claws and fangs, he stands almost ten feet tall and uses his size to his advantage. As a living weapon, he has torn apart hundreds of victims, and even made some bleed out so that they could experience every last drop of life fade from them. First appearance was in “Flesh and Leftovers” the novel. First graphic novel appearance was in “Blood The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire.”
There you have it folks. Now choose who you believe would be the last man standing or add your own addition.