*Obie, through his dabbling in arcane magiks mixed with ancient corrupt business practices, has had not just the colors of his fur switched, but a complete overhaul of his work ethic as well…I think I’m kinda okay with the mishap.
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Chocolate and Peanut Butter: Cross-Company Crossovers (Part 1)
But they do happen.
Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man Treasury Edition, a 96-page beast written by Gerry Conway and illustrated by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano. For those not in the know, Treasury Editions were giant-sized comics much larger than even most magazines at a 10"x14" format and although they often reprinted popular stories, some contained original content as is the case with Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man. Even during the dark ages of no internet, I knew of Marvel and DC’s first joint venture from 1976 because of the deluge of ads promoting the book in all of the comics I was reading at that time. I would love to check out the first meeting of Spider-Man and Superman as they take on Doctor Octopus and Lex Luthor, but I will probably have to settle for reading one of the regularly-sized—and still pricey—versions lurking out in the wild. There are also a couple of other cross-company, Treasury editions:
- Marvel Treasury Edition #28 - Superman and Spider-Man (1981) Written by Jim Shooter, illustrated by John Buscema.
- DC Special Series #21 - Batman vs. the Incredible Hulk (1981) Written by Len Wein, illustrated by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez and Dick Giordano.
Marvel and DC Present: The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans #1, I had to rub my eyes to be sure I was seeing things correctly. My brother and I had already been falling deeply in love with all things The Uncanny X-Men, and The New Teen Titans was always on our radar as a comic we wanted to read but was usually the one left on the spinner rack after Mom gave us the dreaded, “I said you could each have one comic book.” The need to own this particular comic-to-end-all-comics, however, forced us to launch a “Please please please please please” barrage on our poor mother before which even her steely resolve stood no chance to deny. Released in 1982, written by Chris Claremont, and illustrated by Walt Simonson, this comic had everything: our favorite X-Men characters, the Teen Titans characters we wanted to know so much more about, Deathstroke the Terminator, the evilest-of-evil Darkseid, and the glorious scourge of the universe Dark Phoenix. We literally reread this issue until it completely fell apart. Thankfully, there is a not-too-badly-priced 1995 reprint version easily found that all comic book fans need to check out.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8. Then in Mark Bode’s Miami Mice #4, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Cerebus stopped by on the short-lived series. Cerebus the Aardvark met Bob Burden’s The Flaming Carrot in Cerebus #104. The turtles got crazy in The Flaming Carrot #25–27. Then in Stan Sakai’s epic Usagi Yojimbo #10, his samurai rabbit meets Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Usagi Yojimbo and the Turtles would cross paths a few years later in Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 2, #1–3, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Flaming Carrot #1–4 saw the popular terrapins reunite with a certain combustible-vegetable-headed guy. Man, those were some delightfully weird times.
DC Versus Marvel #1–4 (written by Ron Marz and Peter David, illustrated by Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini, Joe Rubenstein, and Paul Neary with issues 2–3 actually titled Marvel Versus DC) was the event I would have fainted over had this been around when I was kid. It is essentially a knock-down-drag-out battle royale of a mini-series where DC characters meet Marvel characters in one-on-one combat. Think Thor versus Captain Marvel, Batman versus Captain America, etc. The mini has been collected, but it is currently out of print and fairly pricey.
DC Marvel Access #1–4 (written by Ron Marz, illustrated by Jackson Guice and Joe Rubenstein), which again pitted hero against hero. In 1997, following DC Marvel Access, each company published another six issues under the Amalgam name with some new combinations of characters and a return of others from the previous year. To top all of that off was Unlimited Access (written by Karl Kesel and illustrated by Pat Olliffe and Al Williamson). It took me a while to wrap my head around the whole sequence of events for these books as it is all quite confusing, but realizing the effort involved to make this incredibly fun event happen is a daunting thought. I can picture a couple insane accountants from each company still attempting to work through the quagmire of royalty payments two decades later. In an effort to maneuver through this complicated, multi-year, cross-company crossover event, here is the release schedule:
- DC Versus Marvel #1
- Marvel Versus DC #2–3
- Amalgam Comics (1996)
- Legends of the Dark Claw (Batman/Wolverine)
- Super-Soldier (Superman/Captain America)
- Amazon (Storm/Wonder Woman)
- JLX (JLA/X-Men)
- Assassins (Catwoman/Elektra with Deathstroke/Daredevil)
- Doctor Strangefate (Doctor Strange/Doctor Fate/Professor Xavier)
- Spider-Boy (Spider-Man/Superboy)
- Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Batman/Nick Fury)
- Speed Demon (Flash/Ghost Rider/The Demon)
- Bullets and Bracelets (Punisher/Woman)
- Magneto and the Magnetic Men (Magneto/TheMetal Men)
- X-Patrol (X-Force/Doom Patrol)
- DC Versus Marvel #4
- DC Marvel Access #1–4
- Amalgam Comics (1997)
- The Dark Claw Adventures (Batman/Wolverine)
- Super-Soldier: Man of War (Superman/Captain America)
- JLX Unleashed (JLA/X-Men)
- Generation Hex (Jonah Hex/Generation X)
- Bat-Thing (Man-Bat/Man-Thing)
- Lobo the Duck (Lobo/Howard the Duck)
- Spider-Boy Team-Up (Spider-Man/Superboy)
- The Exciting X-Patrol (X-Force/Doom Patrol)
- The Magnetic Men featuring Magneto (Magneto/The Metal Men)
- Iron Lantern (Iron Man/Green Lantern)
- Thorion of the New Asgods (Thor/Orion)
- Challengers of the Fantastic (Fantastic Four/The Challengers of the Unknown)
- Unlimited Access #1–4
JLA/Avengers #1–4 written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by George Perez from 2003. How did this get by me? How could I have not known about this? How hard is it going to be for me to track this one down? I have no idea, but I do know I need to read this as soon as possible. I don’t want to know what this one is about until I’ve actually tracked down a copy of the trade, but I’m sure resourceful fans can find a synopsis of what is certain to be one heck of an entertaining book.
There are scores of other cross-company crossover comics out there with many of those concerning Batman and Superman, Predators/Aliens/Terminators, and of course Archie Comics, but those are for another day. Now, to see if I can track down some of the ones I somehow missed out on the first time around. With any luck, Marvel and DC will get around to reprinting or offering some of the more rare comics digitally. Fingers crossed.
The Week’s Reading List
Mister Miracle #2 (Written by Tom King, illustrated/inked/colored by Mitch Gerads, lettered by Clayton Cowles, published by DC Comics) I have to admit I don’t exactly know what the heck is going on in this issue, but I also have to admit that I do not care. I love it! I know that Orion has enlisted Mister Miracle and Big Barda to partake in a battle against Granny Goodness and her forces, but when it comes to who’s pulling whose strings, I’m not certain; which is where King wants us. The intimate moments between Scott and Barda are rough going given their issues from the first issue, but the meetings with Granny Goodness are the definite shocker of the issue. King and Gerads are owning this tremendous book. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Black Science #31 (Written by Rick Remender, illustrated by Mateo Scalera, colored by Moreno Dinisio, lettered by Rus Wooton, edited by Sebastian Girner, published by Image Comics) Grant McKay is back as he attempts to save his children and his world from invading space ghosts and death cult millipedes. One problem: maybe Grant’s children are the ones who will be doing the saving. This issue kicks off the latest chapter of Black Science and continues Remender’s streak of fantastic creator-owned comics. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Rest in Peace, Len WeinYour body of work gave me a love of comics and influenced me to become a writer. I am so glad I got to meet you. You were taken from this world far too soon.
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