One of the greatest runs of comics in Marvel’s Silver Age occurred in the pages of ‘Nick Fury, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, where the legendary Jim Steranko faced off our sci-fi action hero against the perfidy of Scorpio.  The influence of this story was felt far and wide, and the eventual reveal that Scorpio was actually Fury’s own brother added a classically tragic element to it all.  (There’s a reason that Marvel keeps trotting out the Zodiac cartel every few years, regardless of how bad some of their iterations end up being.)  As unofficial comics historian of Major Spoilers, I have to rank it very high in any listing of classic hero/villain matchups, placing it in the same stratum as Xavier/Magneto and even Richards/Von Doom.  Still, one of Major Spoilers founding tenets is the expectation that ‘Mileage May Vary’, which means it’s officially time to put some Spoilerite brain-mind power in motion around this particular query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) notes that we don’t necessarily have to be talking about siblings, though they’re fair game as well, asking: What’s the greatest rivalry in the history of pop-culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. January 17, 2014 at 11:28 am — Reply

    I’d have a hard time deciding between Batman / Joker or Superman / Lex Luthor.

  2. SmarkingOut Adam
    January 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I have really enjoyed the Cyclops/Wolverine dynamic.

  3. Russ Catt
    January 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    I’m going with Mar-Vell vs Thanos. Even after all this time, Thanos still drops a reference or two every Infinity-class event.

  4. Ken
    January 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Supes and Lex of course

  5. Spiderlover
    January 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    Green goblin and Spider-man.

  6. Frank
    January 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    Others not mentioned:
    Flash and the Rouge
    Hal Jordan and Sinestro (a true Frenemy if there was one).

  7. January 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    Bones and Spock

  8. January 18, 2014 at 2:24 am — Reply

    Let’s not forget Holmes and Moriarty, as well as the more modern Doctor and Master.

    It’s not easy to pull off the “dark mirror,” but these do it well.

  9. Luis Dantas
    January 18, 2014 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    Post-1986 Batman and Superman.

  10. January 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow, the original frenemies!

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