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.