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Congrats, You Won! So You Get To Be Killed By Guy Gardner's Clone!

This is a feature called "Win What's Never Been Won." This is about looking back at the history of comic book contests and showing who the winners were of the various contests (if we can tell who the winners are - I don't think anyone will ever know who won that Clark Bar Superhero Sweepstakes from the late 1970s).

Today, we look at some contest winners who ended up in the wrong Warriors at the wrong time!

In the always enjoyable Guy Gardner: Warrior run by Beau Smith and a bunch of artists, one of the coolest bits was when Smith came up with the idea of Guy Gardner having his own bar/restaurant called Warriors where it could be both Guy's base of operations and also a place where superheroes could stop by to have a good time.

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The issue introducing Warriors was granted a rare special cover for a lower level title like Guy Gardner: Warrior (those books would often get perhaps one special cover, but even that was no guarantee).

The book was a cardboard cut out where the doors opened and you get to see the sight behind the doors...

The sight is a beautiful Phil Jimenez spread of nearly all the characters in the DC Universe (Jimenez drew the whole issue, which is just packed full of superheroes)....

At the end of the issue, there was a contest for people to appear in an issue of Guy Gardner: Warrior if they could name the most characters on the cover...

There must have been a few ties (or perhaps the top few respondents all got in), because four winners debuted in Guy Gardner: Warrior #36 (by Smith, Marc Campos and Dan Davis).

There was Shelby Miller and Shannon Riley...

And after the clone of Guy Gardner burst into the story...

Then Charlie Carter and Jeremiah Hoover try to get involved and are killed for their troubles...

Dark prize right there!

The contest winners were announced in the letter column...

That's a funny way to reward people! But clever, too!

Okay, folks, I am sure that you have suggestions for notable comic book contests! Heck, maybe you WON a notable comic book contest! That'd be awesome. I'd sure love to know who won that darn Clark Bar contest that no one can figure out (it might be the toughest mystery in comic book history)! Whatever the case may be, whether you just want to suggest a contest or if you won one, feel free to drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com and I'll see if I can't use your idea!

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