Poll Position: The Greatest Couples In Comics

DC may have decreed back in 2013 that "heroes shouldn't have happy personal lives" but we here at Heromachine beg to differ (or at the very least, I do). The personal lives of characters in comics can often be just as engrossing as their many battles with their various villains and there are entire genres of comics based entirely around personal relationships as the main hook. And often the relationships we get the most invested in are the romantic ones, whether it be the rollercoaster of Archie Andrews love octagon (Jesus, I had to leave him off the poll to start with just because I could have made the poll be just him and his various love interests) or the long lasting love of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, the interplay between these characters and their emotional ups and downs are just as special as any antagonistic relationship between the hero and the villain. So this time out we're going to try and find which couple is the greatest in comics history. This is going to be interesting.

So, few rules. You can nominate your own answers as per usual, but I want to try and stick to purely cannon romances, so no alterniverse pairings or one-off "what-if's" or potential future couples, just couples that are cannon to their tilte's main continuity. And as we are talking about the greatest couples in comics the list doesn't have to only include superhero pairings, you can also include villainous couples and non-superhero genre couples as well (I've only started us off with 10 heroes because I couldn't decide between either Betty or Veronica (much like Archie) and I personally wouldn't put Joker and Harley in the top 10), as long as both characters originated in comics and not any other medium. Oh and as per usual, if you add a character to the poll that has had multiple people use the same identity (e.g. The Flash) can you specify which version of the character it is.

The poll closes a week on Friday (8th November) and you can select as many answers as you like per day and add one answer to the poll per day.

Bran-Con 2019 Roundup!

Last use of this graphic 🙁

Well, after months of anticipation and an equal amount of costume creation, Bran-Con has finally happened! Let's have a look!

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CDC #436 – Monsters Updated!

With Halloween right around the corner it is time for Machiners to bring the spooky!

Your challenge this week is take one of the classic horror movie characters pictured above and update them for 2019. Maybe Dracula is a goth kid or  Frankenstein’s monster is government subsidized weaponized creature. Just be creative and have fun.

The winner this week will receive my version of their design rendered in glorious HM3.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, November 3rd.

CDC #435 – Go West – Results

Great entries this week cowpokes!

The win this week goes to Christi S for  Nisin Ndaga’ Béésh or Needs No Knives.

This is astounding work! Every now and then someone takes Heromachine and turns it on it's head. Your work continues to elevate the platform. Well done you!

Your prize will be posted later this week.

Thanks to all who entered.

CDC #434 – The Joker is here – Prize for NerdAndProud

NerdAndProud's original Gemini...

My version...I went the vestigial twin route...

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The List: Top 10 Greatest DC Villains

So, we had a much lower turn out this time compared to our other recent polls. To compare, when we did Marvel's greatest villains a while back, the vote count broke 300. For DC we barely scraped 200. Maybe it's because of how obvious the winner was for this poll (spoilers, just in case you couldn't work out who was going to win). But that doesn't mean that the poll didn't throw a few surprises up along the way, including one character that I'm sure is going to raise a few eyebrows. So let's get into the results.

Dishonourable Mentions: Black Adam, The Riddler, Anti-Monitor, Captain Cold

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CDC #435 – Go West!

Ages ago there was a CDC that asked Machiners to create an iconic character that would be right at home in a western film. Above is Bloody Mary – my entry – the ruthless madam of the local brothel.

So whether you choose the local sheriff, a dastardly cattle rustler, a grim undertaker or whatever…your challenge this week is to create a unique and iconic character that would be found in a classic Hollywood western.

The winner this week will receive my version of their design rendered in glorious HM3.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, October 27th.

CDC #434 – The Joker is here – Results

Interesting week this week. Some great circus themed entries, just a little light on the villainy.

Honourable mention goes to HerrD for Rube.

The colour and composition is great - just a little hard to judge as a "character design challenge|" That being said do not change a thing. No one else does what you do, or brings such creativity to HM3.

Runner up is Human Pincushion by Kellkin.

A great rendering of a circus themed character, but again, kind of light on the villainy. Perhaps if his villain name was Voodoo and he could cause pain in others by piercing his own skin. Just an idea.

And the win this week goes to...

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CDC #434 – Pimp My Post Apocalyptic Ride! – Prize for SprocketSauce

SprockeSauce's awwesome vehicle...

My take on its' driver...

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canuck Machiners out there!