I’ve said a million times, I’m a DC fan. But while I was never a real Marvel fan that doesn’t mean I wasn’t familiar with Marvel. Spider-Man was on The Electric Company, Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends introduced me to Captain America and the X-Men, and thanks to The Hulk TV movies I learned who Daredevila nd Thor were. The point I am getting as while I was never a Marvel fan, how could I resist it when DC and Marvel would do a crossover?
As hard as it is to believe, the two companies used to do a lot of crossover’s. Way back they were “non-canon” crossovers which pretended the two universes always shared a universe. Later we got a slew of crossover’s where the heroes found some way to meet (in some case they just pretended like they did before). Some made sense (Batman vs The Punisher) others were out there (Darkseis vs Galactus). So here are my ten favorite DC/Marvel crossover’s and the only rule is that it has to be a crossover between two mainstream character (or teams).
#10.JLA vs Avengers
This was huge! The World’s Greatest Superheroes vs. Earth’s Mightest Heroes. And with George Perez on art! I man, how could this possible miss? Is it ok if I say the story is a little, convoluted? It’s just a little to busy with a little to much going on. But it’s still good, any comic that has Superman wielding Mjolnir and Captain America’s shield is enough for me!
This issue has the Fantastic Four trying to save Superman after he has been turned into the new herald for Galactus. That’s kinda scary. The problem I have is that it subsequently takes Superman out of most of the story.
#8.Green Lantern/Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer does better in this story aside Kyle Rainer. The cool this is that it feels very much in continuity with the Green Lantern books. You’d never know that this is an out of canon special.
#7.The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans
This is a great team-up, even if it makes no sense that Darkseid is involved in the story. The big problem I have is that it was written by Chris Claremont. And that’s fine he’s a great writer, but the Teen Titans don’t feel like themselves. Sometimes a writer is so connected with a hero (or heroes) and it’s hard for another to duplicate it. A lot of Titans banter is missing. It’s a good story just feel like more of an X-Men story.
#6.Superman and The Hulk
These two one-shot’s have some curious things in common. Superman vs Hulk was was written by one my favorite writers and the characters both feel like the characters. This is set early in both the careers and the story does nice job remembering continuity. And the two fight, what more do you want?
#5.Batman and Captain America
Batman/Captain America is also a period comic. It’s really “1940’s Batman meets 1940’s Captain America”. Thankfully the story knows the premise is goofy and just has fun with it. Especially the moment when Joker is offended to find out Red Skull is a Nazi. Joker may be crazy, but he’s American! Written by one of my favorites, John Byrne.
4.Spider-Man and Batman
On paper this team-up sounds like it's kind of iffy. Spider-Man is generally lighter character than Batman. Batman makes sense with Punisher and Judge Dredd (that was awful BTW). But surprisingly the two really work well off each other, some much so that there were actually two team-ups between the two. I like how the first issue points out how simialr their backstory really is.
#3.DC vs Marvel
This was HUGE. Not only was this going to be a crossover involving the entire cast of characters, but fans were going to be able to vote on whose universe was better. And the winner..was Marvel. Yeah, yeah…we all know Marvel fans are a passionate bunch. But DC did win a few categories, most notably Superman vs The Hulk. And some of the matchups were just unfair, Spider-man vs Superboy?? This is a good, fun read. And yes it spun off the Amalgam line which is a subject for another day.
#2.Superman vs The Amazing Spider-Man
There were actually two of these but you’ll notice only one listed. That’s because the other is just awful. The horrible story and painful art is made even worst by the shoehorned cameo’s of Wonder Woman and Hulk. This first issue is a classic. Yeah the story is clearly stretched a bit, and is not original to be honest, but we get what we are promised-Superman and Spider-Man teaming up!!
#1.Batman vs The Incredible Hulk
This may be on of my favorite comics, period. It’s just so well done. It doesn’t hurt that it comes in the early 80’s so we get my favorite version of Batman. Len Wein is the writer and this is a guy who very much gets both characters after longer runs on both books. True it is fair to say that The Hulk kinda gets shafted, it is definitely a DC story with Hulk’s supporting cast managing a simple cameo. It’s still a good crossover with the some great action. Since Batman can’t outfight Hulk, he has to out think him! I like that they don’t give it much weight like they do in some of these others, we don;t need the fate of the universe to be as stake every time.
There you go, my ten favorite. Did I miss yours? Comment and let me know.