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What Was The Winning Idea For the 'Design the Serpent Society HQ' Contest?

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 reveal the fan who won a contest to design the headquarters for the Captain America villains, the Serpent Society.

The Serpent Society debuted in Captain America #310 (by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary and Dennis Janke), as a novel idea of a group of snake-themed supervillains who worked together like a trade organization…

An issue later, we saw them in their secret headquarters for the first time…

The issue with their secret headquarters was that it was SO MUCH a secret that we were not actually shown what it looked like on the outside in the comics!

That was because they didn’t KNOW what it looked like on the outside just yet.

So Mark Gruenwald decided to turn that idea into a contest. Fans had to write in to come up with a design for the headquarters…

The contest launched in Captain America #315 and the winners were announce seven issues later…

The winning idea was to have the Citadel hidden in a defunct state mental institution…

Elliot Brown then used that idea to design the headquarters and it was included in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition…

Very fun stuff, huh?

Gruenwald always knew how to interact with the fans really well. He was an excellent comic book editor (and fan).

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!

In their feature on notable comic book contests, CSBG shows the fan who designed the headquarters for the Captain America rogues, the Serpent Society

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