Fantasy nerd fight
November 8, 2010 3:58 PM Subscribe
Does anyone remember this incredibly nerdy magazine article about various characters from fantasy novels fighting one another?
posted by namewithoutwords to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Details: sometime in the early-to-mid '90s (say, 1992 to no later than 1995) I read an article in a magazine(?) about various famous fantasy characters, paired off and pitted one on one against each other. I specifically recall one of the pairings wasElric of Melnibone fighting King Arthur (and that Elric was the victor, if that helps.)
Other specific characters I remember being mentioned in this article were Garet Jax, and Thomas Covenant (though not battling each other.)
I just remember being incredibly stoked at seeing all these classic characters in one article. There were illustrations of the characters in question, but the article was not a comic - there were definitely explanations in text laying out the various skills/weaponry each character brought to bear on the fight, and then explaining the reason the author(s) chose for the outcome.
(As I recall, in the Elric v. Arthur fight, they were pitted against each other specifically because of their magic swords - but that Elric finally won because Arthur dropped Excalibur's sheath and was no longer invincible as a result.) And I recall that Garet Jax lost, which I didn't agree with.
Anyone remember this?
Sorry this is so incredibly vague, but we are talking about an article I read once 15 years ago or more.