So last time I talked about how, in order to boost the ratings of a
struggling show, two or more cartoon series will be combined to form an
“hour” or program block. But this happens in other media too, like comic
books! One example is when Batman founded The Outsiders but that doesn't really count as a mash up since the series began with that name.
Here five examples of two comic series being thrown together to
boost sales. Does it work? Not really.
Atom & Hawkman
When the sales for Atom and Hawkman were struggling the titles were
combined. It managed seven issues with separate stories and team-up’s
alternating. I came across one or two issues in the day and they were
Green Lantern/Green Arrow
Now this one, was something special! Brought into help the Green
Lantern book, Green Arrow added a spark to the series. But the stories
presented in these issues were groundbreaking. They tackled social
concerns and featured to heroes who were very different in terms of
political viewpoints. This is the series that tackled over population,
racism, and even made Speedy a heroin addict! Dennis O’Neil really
raised the bar with these, sadly the sales numbers did not go up.
Superboy Starring The Legion of Superheroes
The Legion were introduced in a classic Superboy story in the pages of Adventure Comics.
After that they both existed in Adventure Comics for several years.
Eventually the Superboy got his own solo book which after awhile was renamed “Superboy Starring the Legion
of Superheroes” when creators drcided to add the Legion. Superboy then left the book and the team carried
on, the title dropping Superboy entirely. This may be a rare time when a
book was taken over successfully by supporting characters! And the
Legion of Superheroes continued on very successfully after that. Superboy would get
his own title again later but that’s another story.
Power Man & Iron Fist
A Marvel example? Madness!! Yup when Power Man and Iron Fist’s own
series were struggling it was decided to combine them into one. The
series actually had a healthy life after that, until the final issue
when Iron Fist was inexplicably killed off.
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
I’m not gonna lie, I don’t get this one. I guess Batgirl was brought
back after The New 52, so her connection to The Birds of Prey was kinda
confusing. She was originally a member as Oracle. Who does exist in the
Rebith era, kinda…Sorta. But yeah for some reason Batgirl isn’t one of
the Birds of Prey but she does work with the team. The series lasted
about two years.
That was all I could find, which was a surprise I figured there would be more. If I missed an example comment and let me know.