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  1. Jughead! Are you guys silly. Just because Matter Eater Lad can eat steel, it doesn’t give him a bottomless pit. And Garfield, although he can eat a plate of lasagna in one mouthful does not live up to sacks and sacks of burgers and shakes.

  2. I think we need to clear up one thing. When we talk about “One Sitting” are we referring to dinner, a trip to the local Home Depot, etc? This is important to clarify, because Matter-Eater Lad is going to kick the competition to the curb in the drywall section of Lowe’s (as I’ve seen no evidence that either Jughead or Garfield can partake in culinary delights that are not edible to a non-meta-human). However, if we’re talking about a Glutton Bowl style eat-out of hamburger’s at Pop’s, I think Jughead can channel his inner Joey Chestnuts and take the prize.

    Garfield doesn’t stand a chance. Even if we were talking about a lasagna-eating competition, I don’t think he has the gastrointestinal fortitude of either of the other challengers.

  3. Matter-Eater Lad hands-down. And you better look twice at those hands–they may be missing a finger if they were recently stuck in Matter-Eater Lad’s face after he told you not to.

  4. It’s always about food with you guys isn’t it? (Insert “gravitationally enhanced” joke here)

    I’ll go with Matter-Eater Lad, sure Jughead would eat all the food in a restaurant, but Matter-Eater Lad would EAT THE RESTAURANT!

  5. ClubberLang6 on

    I voted for Garfield. That cat can throw down some lasagna! However, I would have voted for Dagwood from Blondie if he was a choice. He has a sandwich named after him.
    I must say that the ability to eat anything, via Matter-Eater Lad, is one of the lamest superpowers out there. It is difficult to fight crime and supervillains if all you can rely on is your ability to eat.

  6. litanyofthieves on

    All I can imagine is some kind of grimdark one-shot by Garth Ennis or Simon Bisley about these three characters being force fed until two of them explode. And it’s as bad as it sounds.

  7. I voted Jughead, and I offer this for next week’s pole:
    Which of these characters will do the most damage to the toilet afterwards?

  8. I voted for Jughead since we’re talking about quantity and not eating thru steel.

    However, since Mathew has brainwashed everyone with his Hero Histories, Matter Eater Lad will win.

  9. Jonathan, you’re not crazy, I’m certain this has been polled before. In April of last year, if I can trust Google.

    I vote Jughead. I know Tenzil’s got a super-power, but Jughead cannot be simplified as “just a teenager.” I would put Forsythe Jones in my League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1940s. He’s traveled to the future to join a temporal police force, he’s fought interdimensional evil to save a otherworldly diner, he’s got experience in dealing with witchcraft and the supernatural, he was the drummer in a band with a number one single that dethroned the Stones… not to mention all the Bob Bolling Little Archie craziness. But the common element in any Archie continuity is: dude can eat.

  10. Yup, you guys did this already. Not that I’m complaining… :)
    Garfield wasn’t included though. It’s interesting that as of this writing he seems to be ahead of Jughead. If it were a lasagna eating contest I guess the “specialist rule” would apply… hmm

  11. For the way the question is phrased, Jughead.

    Matter Eater Lad can eat Anything but how much of anything can he eat? A question probably best aimed at Mathew: Has it been shown in any of the many Legion titles over the years that matter eater lad can eat a LOT? It was my impression that his power was only that he could eat anything. It’s been a while (put it this way, my first Legion books were titled “Superboy and the Legion of Super heroes” and Matter Eater lad was almost never allowed in the stories though he was at the wedding.)

    Jughead Jones must be a mutant (alien, or something!) because that guy can pack it away all day long and still be ready for more.

    Garfield loses: he can eat his weight in food. which is impressive. But he’s a cat so that’s only about 20 lbs of food. That’s nothing to the other two men in this contest.

  12. Boston Moss on

    This one has to go to Matter Eater Lad, hands down. Garfield and Jughead are impressive, but they are not in the same league as a guy who can consume and entire silo’s worth of grain or dig himself out of prison by eating to create a tunnel.

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