An impossible battle that has finally gained results. Thank you all for voting. Marvel Comics’ Impossible man fall far behind, and lost, while a close second to him was Rumplestiltskin. My own Djinn, from sCrypt Comics came in second place, but was out done by the superior magic of our favortie 5th dimensional imp… Mr. Mxyzptlk wins the poll for DC Comics.
Thanks again for voting, and stay tuned to our next comic book battle.
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)
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/
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.
Remember to vote and spread the word. Feel free to add your own comments or female characters who have appeared in comics that fit this poll. Enjoy!
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.
With Avengers week we couldn’t forget about Nick Fury and SHIELD, and since it was time for another poll, we figured this was the time. All Avengers fans aside, we ask that you vote seriously in this poll, and not just because you might be an Avengers fan. So who is the superior commander and agency? Marvel Comics Gives us General Nicholas Joseph Fury (pictured above right) and S.H.I.E.L.D.. DC Comics brings Amanda Waller (pictured above left) and her Checkmate agency. Finally, we at sCrypt Comics give you Liz Powers and M.U.T.S. (no picture available as so far only mention of them has made the transfer to graphic novel form). Here is the breakdown (keep in mind, if you have another commander and agency that should be included, feel free to add it to the poll below by voting for “other” and commenting with your decision.) Remember, the more votes the better.
Nick Fury has changed over the years, and though I grew up with the original version of the character as a colonel, this battle will consist of the Ultimates version. During World War II, Sgt Fury and his howling commandoes had a long run in the original comics. Around the time that Captain America was given the super soldier serum, they needed a test subject to try it first. Project Rebirth had its first success with Fury. The aftermath gave him a slowed, maybe even halted, aging process, enhanced strength, and endurance. To add to this, he is a master combatant and skilled soldier. Even without his left eye, he is completely aware of his surroundings. When he rose in the ranks, he eventually became the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. (The current acronym stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.) They are an intelligence agency with special operatives skilled in multiple techniques from espionage to combat to infiltration. There is not much that happens in the world without SHIELD being aware of it. First appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D. was in Strange Tales #135 in 1965. The Original Nick Fury’s first appearance was in Sgt Fury and The Howling Commandoes #1 in 1963.
Amanda Waller has played more of the antihero role in the comics, though her intentions are understandable. Her goals to monitor superhero and villain activity have left her often with difficult decisions. She has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to strategics, espionage, and military tactics to name just a few. After a career in the White House as well as other high up government units, she formed the Agency. The purpose of this was to have a stand alone group that complete tasks no one else could. Eventually the Agency became known as Checkmate and has metahumans in its ranks. Amanda Waller’s First appearance was in Legends #1 in 1986. Checkmate’s first appearance as the Agency was in Action Comics #598 in 1988.
Liz Powers has been hard at work for years defending not just the United States, but the whole world from supernatural threats. Known as “The Speaker” to some, she is an expert medic and has connections and technology in the highest places within United Nations countries. There is almost nowhere in the world that she can’t gain access to with a few phone calls. No one really knows the extent of her physical abilities, as she keeps her identity to herself for the most part. She is a master planner, and commander. Taking the best of each branch of service in the United States, she has taken command of a group of black ops soldiers that’s existence is only a rumor to the public. This small group of men and women are known as M.U.T.S. (Military Underground Tactical Specialists). They are there to do the jobs that no other soldier wants to or can do. Liz Powers and M.U.T.S. first appear in “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel.
Nick Fury is played by Samuel L. Jackson in the Avengers movie.
Our next poll brings in multiple characters that all have something in common… They are dead… or undead if you will. DC Comics has the Black Lanterns (pictured top center), Marvel brings their own zombies (pictured top left) to the table, and sCrypt Comics has their Flesh and Leftovers zombies (pictured top right *art by Dan Pipito). Below are brief summaries of the three, followed by a poll. Please vote for your favorite, or add another in the comments section if you think they are worthy of the battle, and spread the word. The more votes the better.
Zombies in the Marvel Universe spread like wildfire. It seems as if there is no stopping the virus and very few have managed to stay uninfected. While this virus is not in Marvel’s mainstream universe, the alternate one that it infects has managed to cross over into other dimensions as well. While infected, the zombified superhero or villain retains most of their powers and personalities, but with a maddening hunger for flesh that prevents them from thinking straight. It does appear that they are weaker however than their normal uninfected selves would be to head trauma. First appearance was in Marvel Zombies #1 December 2005.
DC Universes are unsafe from the Black Lantern Corps. All of the deceased heroes and villains have become black lanterns with one purpose… to bring about more death. They feed like zombies and are constantly regenerated by their black power rings. The undead members retain most of the powers that they had in life, and gain more power by eating the hearts of the living. They are vulnerable to certain forms of lantern light. First appearance was in Green Lantern vol 4 #43 September 2009
sCrypt Comics began with the world of Flesh and Leftovers. These zombie stories all take place in the same universe, and though they were all human at one time, it would be interesting to see how other heroes and villains with powers would be able to stand in battle against them. Whether they be rabid running zombies, undead animals, radioactive zombies, a parasite from Mars that turns you into a zombie, voodoo zombies, cannibals, or even the deformed spawns of vampires, these undead will haunt you with every page turn. First appearance was in Flesh and Leftovers the novel.
Thanks to everyone who voted in this round of polls. It seems that Marvel Comics came out on top a second time. While there was a bit of pull for DC Comics’ Aquaman, he had come even with sCrypt Comics’ Poseidon, and a wildcard with a vote for Disney’s King Triton. Namor seems to be ruling the seas for now. His strength and combat experience make him a formidable foe to all who attempt to threaten his waters.
I will leave this poll open, for voting, so keep it coming. Make sure to check out the past comic book battle polls, and partake in future ones.