The crossovers that dare not speak their name
April 10, 2015 8:06 AM   Subscribe

Do you dig Marvel and DC? At the same time? Only one man dared imagine.... that and more.

Because the world needs, for example, Samurai Jack and Wolverine or Bumblebee and Bumblebee. And Task Force T is the crossover you never knew you wanted.

Is The Phantom on the Planet of the Apes not something you would read? Does Alan Moore know the score?

This was on The Blue (but not the gold) back in '10, but since then there have been some 1500 covers. Curious about the how?
posted by Mezentian (54 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
 
Someone's been using Star Wars guns with the GI Joe figures again.
posted by Abon Sapi at 8:13 AM on April 10, 2015 [8 favorites]




In the, I don't know, late 70's I suppose, I owned not only the Superman/Spider-Man team-up, but the Superman/Muhammad Ali team-up. Even as a kid I was aware that one was stupider than the next no matter which order you put them in.
posted by Sing Or Swim at 8:21 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Watchmen ones where they line up a Watchmen hero with the original he's a parody of/commentary on is great. Rorschach/The Question, Nite Owl/Batman, Dr. Manhattan/Superman....
posted by edheil at 8:22 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


And Task Force T is the crossover you never knew you wanted.

Mr. T and Storm could be fantastic, that's a crossover I do need in my life. I don't really know that I need Chaselon there, though.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:22 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Who?
posted by Naberius at 8:24 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wolverine Vs. Samurai Jack is fine, but how about Wolverine Vs. Ogami Itto Vs. Sanjuro: Incident in Madripoor Alley?
posted by selfnoise at 8:26 AM on April 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


The mohawk focus for the Task Force T is a good one, though. In my mind, Mr. T and Storm go around enforcing their very high mohawk standards and fighting people with inferior mohawks.

Spoiler Alert: This is all other mohawks.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 8:26 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


As a kid, I had a Spiderman vs. The Hulk comic that I treasured because I thought that it was some kind of crossover between Marvel and DC. And then I got older and realized, not so much.

Ah, to be young and not cynical about superhero comics again.
posted by nubs at 8:27 AM on April 10, 2015


I stopped at Task Force T. I just know it can't get any better than ALL MOHAWKS, ALL THE TIME.
posted by egypturnash at 8:28 AM on April 10, 2015


I just know it can't get any better than ALL MOHAWKS, ALL THE TIME.

You need to expand your mind.
There were many 1970s haircuts that....
*checks*
Neither the Nolan Sisters nor the Solid Gold Dancers are included in crossovers.
Carry on.
posted by Mezentian at 8:35 AM on April 10, 2015


Captain Marvel vs. Captain Marvel vs. Kid Marvel vs. Ms. Marvel vs Captain Marvel vs. Ms. Marvel vs. Miracle Man.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:35 AM on April 10, 2015 [4 favorites]


Task Force T: "You wanna join my team? You better look the part."

I pity the fool who can't see what Mr T did there.
posted by chavenet at 8:35 AM on April 10, 2015


I'm not sure if I should be proud or ashamed of how many of those covers (or portions of those covers to be more accurate) look familiar because the original issues are still in boxes in the basement.

And since we're talking cross-publisher team-ups, I've been surprised lately how many Star Trek crossovers have come out in the past few years. Now it's time for the Federation to meet the Green Lantern Corps.
posted by sardonyx at 8:35 AM on April 10, 2015


Archie Meets the Punisher
Tarzan Vs. Predator


And, naturally enough, Archie vs. Predator is coming soon. No word on whether Tarzan will take on the Punisher to complete this particular circle of life.
posted by delfin at 8:35 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I love these things, for posting. Ha, ha, Dick Tracy and Spiderman.

I think that Superman/Muhammad Ali book is one of the best comic books of that era. It sounds so stupid on the face of it, but it is full of pure bravura art and storytelling from Neal Adams before his art went all to hell.
posted by marxchivist at 8:37 AM on April 10, 2015 [5 favorites]


I'm not sure if I should be proud or ashamed

Proud.
Prouder than Mary.
Also, possibly richer.
posted by Mezentian at 8:39 AM on April 10, 2015


Yes to this. Just yes.
posted by Pallas Athena at 8:39 AM on April 10, 2015


Definitely not richer. Somehow I had a knack of missing out (hello empty drug store spinner rack) on any of the issues that actually held their value.
posted by sardonyx at 8:42 AM on April 10, 2015


Jerry Lewis Meets Superman also, Batman... and Wonder Woman

Please tell me each one of these was 22 pages of Superman, then Batman, then Wonder Woman kicking Jerry Lewis in the balls over and over.
posted by the phlegmatic king at 8:43 AM on April 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


Falcon: For years I thought my wing were designed in Wakanda...

Hawkman: ...And now you know the TRUTH... They're Thantagarian!

Oh crap.

Hawman: It's time you learned about your lost relatives!

Yeah, another lost-soul, chariots-of-the-gods alien who was egyptian royalty, slain by magic, doomed to re incarnate to chase his lost love over the centuries? Or a space cop? Or just an insane archeologist?

Don't worry Sam, Carter will have a new whopper every week.
posted by bonehead at 8:45 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Don't worry Sam, Carter

What you did there... I see it.

What?
Could a Stargate be any stupider than Hawk-continuity?
posted by Mezentian at 8:46 AM on April 10, 2015


I now have an OTP: Wonder Woman and Captain America.
posted by zinon at 8:48 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I now have an OTP: Wonder Woman and Captain America.

And, for some reason that I think has to do with Flight of the Navigator I now have "sky rockets in flight, afternoon delight" in my head.
posted by Mezentian at 8:51 AM on April 10, 2015


O.M.A.C., the real Kirby O.M.A.C, has the greatest hair in all of comics. This is not to be debated.

His 'hawk is so awsome it's practically sentient.
posted by bonehead at 8:52 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Could a Stargate be any stupider than Hawk-continuity?

Let Carter (or Katar, or whatever the hell he's calling himself today) off his antipsychotics again and I'm sure he'll find a way to tie them together.
posted by bonehead at 8:55 AM on April 10, 2015


Eh. It's Hawkgirl's world now. Sorry, Michael Shanks.

(PS, WB, pls bring in a certain actor).
posted by Mezentian at 8:57 AM on April 10, 2015


Bulgaroktonos, if you can't find love in your heart for a living diamond with a power ring and a Mohawk, you are bad and you should feel bad.
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:13 AM on April 10, 2015


But what happens when Chairface teams up with Butt-Head?
posted by George_Spiggott at 9:14 AM on April 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


Also, the post title had me thinking there was another cover mashup blog that featured queer shipping. I am disappoint.
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:15 AM on April 10, 2015


I see what you did there, Mezentian. And yes, I can dig it.
posted by foldedfish at 9:38 AM on April 10, 2015


OMFG yes. MOAR WONDERWOMAN IN ALL THE THINGS!

MOAR WONDEROWMAN.!?

::ahem: I would read those crossovers is what I'm saying
posted by Faintdreams at 9:39 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I now have an OTP: Wonder Woman and Captain America.

I love this so much I can't even.

That's not a ship. That's a fleet.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:40 AM on April 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love the Swamp Thing / Conan mashup, which seems like a great story. But the Comics Code bug on this one made me snicker.
posted by graymouser at 9:42 AM on April 10, 2015


Also, the post title had me thinking there was another cover mashup blog that featured queer shipping.

Wait, you mean it isn't? I may be reading these wrong.
posted by mittens at 9:50 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


The JLA/Avengers crossover (4 issues) was kind of hit or miss, IMHO, but I adored the reactions that Cap and Superman had to each other's worlds. Superman was completely appalled by what a horrible place Marvel Earth is, while Cap saw the happy, supers-loving DC Earth and thought it must be some insidious supers-dominated fascistopia.

I was disappointed when a later issue tried to "clarify" those reactions as the result of mental manipulations, because I thought that angle was beautiful.
posted by scaryblackdeath at 9:51 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Bwahahaha!
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:02 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


You just made me remember Amalgam Comics for the first time in probably a decade or longer. I remember being *so thrilled* that I had a whole bunch of #1s that would surely be worth zillions down the road.

I recently sold my entire collection for pennies on the dollar. $50 for the handful of actually 'valuable' comics I had, and the rest *by the pound*.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 10:24 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Rorschach/The Question, Nite Owl/Batman, Dr. Manhattan/Superman

No. The Watchmen are parodies of the Charlton comics characters acquired by DC. Therefore, the line-up is:

Rorschach/The Question, Nite Owl/Blue Beetle, Dr. Manhattan/Captain Atom, The Comedian/Peacemaker, Silk Spectre/Nightshade and Osymandias/Peter Cannon.

Of course, several of the original Charlton characters made appearances as themselves at DC. Blue Beetle, The Question and Captain Atom have all had their own books. Peacemaker, Nightshade and Cannon all made guest appearances as well.
posted by SPrintF at 10:27 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh yes...Firestorm and Flaming Carrot...Metamorpho and Judge Dredd...Kermit the Frog and Throgg...The Shadow and Doctor Who...wait, what? "PROFESSOR X AND MISTER X AND MR. T" ISN'T IN HERE!! This selection sucks!
posted by Smart Dalek at 10:53 AM on April 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


And there's no Turok and Barney, no Aztec Ace and Zippy and no Wild Dog and Star Pup either..
posted by Smart Dalek at 11:06 AM on April 10, 2015


Superman vs Muhammad Ali is a great, great comic and I will not hear anything bad said about it. The highlight for me in the JLA/Avengers crossover is Superman wielding both Mjolnir and Cap's shield because of course he would--for some reason that panel is just burned into my brain.

Given all the Hostess and other food ads, did Spider-Man ever team up with Twinkie the Kid? The Hulk and the Kool-Aid Man would have a lot to talk about, I think.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 11:10 AM on April 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


There us heresy spilling off the blue and onto my fries.

HERESY, I tell you!
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 11:52 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Superman wielding both Mjolnir and Cap's shield because of course he would--for some reason that panel is just burned into my brain

A friend of mine has been feeding me comics for a few years now and I recall my eyes tearing up when I saw that panel. Good stuff, man.
posted by blurker at 11:59 AM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


Aztec Ace and Zippy

How about Aztec Ace and Aztek?

I'd also like to see a crossover between the Invisibles and the Invisible Woman.

Also, Flex Mentallo and Batman. If anything can make grim 'n gritty a little more lighthearted, it's Muscle Mystery!
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:00 PM on April 10, 2015 [3 favorites]


I suppose you could also have Sandman and The Sandman vs Sandman.
posted by GenjiandProust at 12:26 PM on April 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


You just made me remember Amalgam Comics for the first time in probably a decade or longer. I remember being *so thrilled* that I had a whole bunch of #1s that would surely be worth zillions down the road.

The Amalgam characters are about the most 90s thing I can imagine. It's hard to believe now just how cool the idea seemed to me when I was 12.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 12:26 PM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


May I present Marvel and DC present The Wizard of Oz
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:49 PM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


As far as I'm concerned, nothing has, or can possibly, beat this comic. I have it.
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:00 PM on April 10, 2015 [5 favorites]


Many have done "crossover comics" concepts, but none are as dedicated as this dude... one a day for three years... 1092 and counting... and the quality of the photoshop work just keeps getting better. One qualm... no Carl Barks? No Uncle Scrooge and only one Donald Duck? That's a hole in comic book history that needs to be filled. (Uncle Scrooge meets Uncle Ben & Aunt May? Yes!)
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:13 PM on April 10, 2015


No Uncle Scrooge

There's one.

Also, Archie Meets the Punisher is one of my favorite comic books of all time.
posted by Shmuel510 at 1:22 PM on April 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm a devoted fan and yes, Captain America + Wonder Woman = OTP.
posted by immlass at 2:45 PM on April 10, 2015


The Amalgam characters are about the most 90s thing I can imagine

Imagine greater.
posted by Mezentian at 3:42 PM on April 10, 2015 [2 favorites]


>Jerry Lewis Meets Superman also, Batman... and Wonder Woman

And The Flash!
posted by Superfrankenstein at 8:21 PM on April 10, 2015


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