November 8, 2011

Contest of Champions (CoC) Episode #13: Beta Ray Bill vs. Gladiator

Welcome to Contest of Champions (CoC) Podcast, Episode #13! CoC is an interactive player vs. player game where your favorite Marvel characters go head to head to answer the eternal question of “who can beat whom in a fight?”
Join Jeff Jackson and Ian Johnson every week as they welcome two team managers who have a stable of five characters each ready to blast, zap, snikt, thwip, and smash their way to be the last one standing! It’s a little bit fan fiction, a little bit debate, a little bit role playing, and a whole bunch of fun! It’s an interactive adventure for the managers, and for the community.
This week, we’re joined by Eli Anthony & Tom McNeely!

First, we want to remind you, if you are a comic artist, and you would like to provide a sketch or drawing of the characters battling this week, please send a link to your sketch to or We would love to spotlight your stuff!
Next, on this episode we shared our weekly Fights of the Week!
Tom went back to Batman & Robin #2 by Peter Tomasi & Patrick Gleason, where Damian takes his frustrations out on some dummies and a poor bat; and also talks about Aquaman #1 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis.
Eli pulls out a trade from last year with Taskmaster by Fred Van Lente & Jefte Palo, which has Taskmaster taking a bunch agents from various organizations  to school and giving them failing grades!
Jeff actually gives X-Men #20  by Victor Gischler & Will Conrad a good grade because of the War Machine vs. Colossus fight!
Ian likes the new direction taken in Avengers Academy #21 by Christos Gage & Sean Chen, especially when Mettle punches Luke Cage, which everyone can enjoy.

Most importantly, here’s the show:

Episode #13

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This week is one of the most awesome battles ever showcased in CoC history! Two of the Annihilators go toe-to-toe!
You can click on the images to find out the characters’ power sets and history.

Beta Ray Bill

Managed by Eli Anthony



Managed by Tom McNeely

at Johnston Atoll (Abandoned Military Base)

Here’s how CoC works for you folks at home:
1. Listen to the podcast.
2. Come back here to to this very post. Share your opinion, comment below, and help sway the public opinion. Even comments provided by the fans will be considered by Jeff & Ian in their decisions.
3. VOTE on the poll below! You have until Sunday night, November 13 at 9:00pm EST to vote. That’s when we record the show. Votes at the time of recording will be the only ones that will count.
4. E-mail us at or or leave us a voicemail or text at 706 761-0115 with your questions, comments, or rationales. You WILL make it on the show!
5. Listen to the next episode to see who wins! The winner will be announced during the show.
6. One small disclaimer: This is all subjective. Have fun with it and if your favorite character doesn’t win, laugh it off and keep on listening!
To listen to previous episodes and battles, visit this link.
Next week: Dan Briand vs. Tom McNeely!
CoC Standings
Eli Anthony 3-1-1
Beta Ray Bill
Dr. Doom
Red Hulk
Invisible Woman
Prince of Orphans
Environment Switch Card: 1, Double Team Card: 0
Dan Briand 3-3-0
Black Bolt
Protector (Noh-Varr)
Environment Switch Card: 1, Double Team Card: 0
Andy Liegl 3-3-0
Ms. Marvel
Environment Switch Card: 1, Double Team Card: 0
Tom McNeely 1-3-1
Dr. Strange
Thor Girl
Wonder Man
Environment Switch Card: 0, Double Team Card: 0
This week’s music is brought to you by Red Hot Chili PeppersPower of Equality.
Jeff Jackson
Ian Johnson



  1. Eli

    Tom, buddy, lets see what we can get going. I contend that Stormbreaker is the difference maker. Both of these guys have planet shattering power, but only one of them has a hammer empowered by Odin. (That would be Beta Ray Bill)

    Another reason to vote for Bill, is that he’s in a rare group of people that I think only has two members. Reed Richards being the other. Bill has almost killed, in fact holding the life of GALACTUS in his hands, and then saving the life of the cosmic devourer.

    And he has the face of a horse. I think I’ve mentioned that before, but it needs to be mentioned again. I’m not sure why that makes him so cool, but it does.

    Vote for Beta Ray Bill.

  2. SpidermanGeek

    Mighty Thor #445. Masterson vs Kallark,

    That’s all I’m gonna say.

  3. Eli

    Wow Dan, very interesting, I had forgotten about that fight. I just looked it up. Thor (Masterson) takes abuse from Gladiator, but its not enough. Thor finally knocks Gladiator out cold with Mjolnir, and Wonder Man and Vision have to stop him from continuing his brutal assault.

    So, Gladiator and Thor went round and round a bit, but then Thor nails Kallark with Mjolnir and the fight is over. Gladiator is out cold.

    Gladiator has fallen to a cosmic level guy wielding an Asgardian-powered hammer. A lesser man than Beta Ray Bill even. I think BRB is in a good position to take the Strontian down.

    Vote Beta Ray Bill!

  4. Moses

    I’ve got a good idea about Beta Ray Bill from Eli’s previous fight with him. But I’d like more about Gladiator.

    Dan, who has Gladiator gone up against and won? Who has beaten him?

    I”m leaning more toward Gladiator just because I’m an old school X-Men fan, but once again Eli has brought up some very convincing arguments…

  5. Eli

    Moses, Gladiator has been beaten by Cannonball, and Thor (Eric masterson), among others. If you look at their feats of strength,both figters are similar in power and abilities. Except for Stormbreaker. That little gift from Odin tips the scales.

  6. Gladiator all the way. The dude is scary.

    …even though Cannonball beat him.

  7. SpidermanGeek

    A dude with purple skin and a pink Mohawk is scarier than a horsefaced cyborg with a giant hammer?

  8. Eli

    Andy has obviously gone crazy.

    What he really means is to vote for Beta Ray Bill!

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