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Top Five DC/Marvel Crossovers

This week’s top five consists of the top five single crossover issues between DC and Marvel, which excludes DC vs. Marvel, All Access, Unlimited Access and JLA/Avengers.

Enjoy!

5. Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

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This one is up here mainly because, well, most of these crossovers blow. This one, while not a particularly good one EITHER, is at least the first one – and not bad or anything. Sadly, “not bad” is better than most of the other ones.

4. Superman vs. The Incredible Hulk

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This one was written by Roger Stern, with artwork by Steve Rude. It is set in the past, which we all know Rude’s art is perfectly situated for. Heck, the entire issue seems like basically an opportunity to let Rude draw cool stuff.

But hey, what’s wrong with that? The art is amazing, and the story is decent enough.

3. Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk

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Jose Garcia-Lopez draws the book, and he does an awesome job. Len Wein, meanwhile, does a very nice job on the story, in a very difficult situation – how the heck do you work the Hulk and Batman into a story together?!!?

Wein finds a way. It isn’t exactly the most brilliant story in the world (The Shaper? Yikes), but it is a lot of fun.

And WOW – the artwork is stunning.

2. Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger

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This is one of the dorkiest comics you’ll see, but the dorkiness really works for it, as Byrne takes this project sooo serious.

It is essentially “What If…Galactus came to eat Apokalips?,” which is, well, an awesome idea!

And one that Byrne executes to the fullest.

1. Batman/Captain America

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This is probably the best crossover issue I’ve seen by ANY two comic book companies. This is a real tour de force, as Byrne not only manages to work in a lot of cool characters, but he manages to make it WORK.

And the art is good, as well.

Agree with my choices? Disagree? Let me know!

65 Comments

“Goofy-Grin Batman” bugged me.

No “Marvel Vs DC” or the “JLA/Avengers” crossover?

No “X-Men/Teen Titans”?

I vote for jla avengers as well!…
sure you have to know the history (being an avengers fan I still dont think I got eveything from the jla side of the story) but it least it got me to buy a couple of dc titles for the first time..

Seriously, Where’s JLA/Avengers?

I personally would have put the Superman/Fantastic Four one up there two. Its not the greatest story ever, but I think it makes for the best crossover possible. Plus, Superman becomes the hearald of Galactus. Thats enough right there.

Someone please tell me that Impossible Man and Mr. Myxlplx teamed up somewhere…

This week’s top five consists of the top five single crossover issues between DC and Marvel, which excludes DC vs. Marvel, All Access, Unlimited Access and JLA/Avengers.

It’s sorta right there in the first sentence, no?

Galactus going after Apokolips is pretty cool, but I’d really like to see the Devourer of Worlds try to dine on Mogo.

Someone please tell me that Impossible Man and Mr. Myxlplx teamed up somewhere…

Yep, in Superman/Silver Surfer.

Not as fun as one would think/hope.

No “X-Men/Teen Titans”?

I place that one basically in the same category as Superman vs. Spider-Man and a lot of other crossover issues, in that it had nice art, but a total mess of a story, with me giving Superman vs. Spider-Man the edge in those matchups, because it was at least the first one – so it didn’t have any examples of HOW to do a company crossover, so it had a bit of an excuse.

Galactus going after Apokolips is pretty cool, but I’d really like to see the Devourer of Worlds try to dine on Mogo.

That WOULD make for a cool story!

Heck, Marvel could do it themselves with Galactus trying to feast on Ego, the Living Planet!

Marvel could do it themselves with Galactus trying to feast on Ego, the Living Planet!

I’m almost certain that’s been done, though I can’t give you an exact reference.

I’m kind of partial to the Punisher/Batman crossovers from 94. The second (Marvel) one’s better written, though the first (DC) one has better art from Barry Kitson. I also liked that both issues were referenced in in-continuity issues of Batman afterwards.

I believe those issues stood out at the time for being a higher quality story than was present in either character’s ongoing title at the time, but re-reading them now (as I did for this bit), and they’re pretty cheezy.

Nice art, though, I thought, by both Kitson AND JRjr.

I’m almost certain that’s been done, though I can’t give you an exact reference.

If not, they ought to!!

I’m pretty sure it happened on the Thor series in the 60s
or 70s. Never read it myself, but it was referenced on
John Byrne’s FF run.

It reminds me how little of the Thor series is avaliable
on TPB. The first half of the Lee/Kirby run (on
Masterworks and Essentials), the first half of the
Simonson run and that’s it. We are missing A LOT of cool
stuff!

I recall that the back end of the Lee/Kirby run (with
beautiful Bill Everett inking) was the best part of that
run! Marvel should reprint that ASAP!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

No Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights? Bah, I say! BAAAAAH. Romita Jr./Janson drawing the JOKER, man! Probably the only time we’ll ever see that!

I remember thinking the Spider-Man/Batman crossover drawn by Mark Bagley was pretty good. It had Joker and Carnage in it. It might have sucked though.

“I remember thinking the Spider-Man/Batman crossover drawn by Mark Bagley was pretty good. It had Joker and Carnage in it. It might have sucked though.”

I remember the counterpart Batman/Spider-Man was also good…it had Ra’s al Ghul and Kingpin and the characterizations were done extremely well.

I liked both those Spidey/Batman books. They came out in the days before I obsessively followed solicits, so they were like a little present when they showed up in my comic shop.

While I’ve enjoyed most of those crossovers, I would have like to see the 2nd Superman/Spidey crossover make the list. I always enjoyed the bits where Clark and Peter started working at the other’s office. Also, Superman v. Dr. Doom was a classic. Good moments for all of the characters, plus WW and the Hulk.

I know we’re all about the good comics here, but you should have done the WORST crossovers. Much better potential for suckiness with these books.

And I don’t have the Spider-Man/Superman book, but that’s an interesting justification for putting it on the list and not the X-Men/Titans one. However, Simonson’s art on that book is really, really good, and the story, while not great, makes some sense in terms of Darkseid wanting to ally himself with a cosmic entity like the Phoenix. I actually like re-reading that book, whereas many DC/Marvel crossovers are memorable only for the novelty factor.

There was a great Batman/Daredevil crossover in the 90s. Scott McDaniels did the pencils and it didn’t feel to forced..

how do they “justify” these? or explain them? do they just pretend that superman & spiderman just haven’t crossed paths before but they live in the same world? or do they have one of the groups of characters cross a dimensional rift or something?

“how do they “justify” these? or explain them? do they just pretend that superman & spiderman just haven’t crossed paths before but they live in the same world? or do they have one of the groups of characters cross a dimensional rift or something?”

Mostly the former, although the Green Lantern/Silver Surfer one in the ’90s used the latter.

Really, the point isn’t explaining how it fits into continuity; the point is telling a fun team-up story.

What? no amalgum?!? just kidding.

Can we do Image crossovers next?

and if you do, can I just ask -Batman/Spawn miller/mc’farlane. What the shit was up with that!?

I thought X-Men/Teen Titans was really good, though that probably has something to do with the fact that I read it as a kid (in the reprint that came around the same time as Marvel vs. DC) and it was my first exposure to Darkseid. But Simonson edges out Andru for me, sorry.

My absolute favorite intercompany crossover wasn’t a Marvel/DC one, but JLA/WildCATS, which was actually written by Grant Morrison during his JLA run. This was before DC acquired Wildstorm, so it was an intercompany crossover at the time. It wasn’t on the same level of the best issues of that run , but it had all the crazy, iconic fun that made that run so great. It was also canonical–the battle with the Lord of Time in this issue was referred to in JLA #5.

moose n squirrel

August 23, 2006 at 11:37 am

and if you do, can I just ask -Batman/Spawn miller/mc’farlane. What the shit was up with that!?

The crazy thing about that one is that various elements attatched to the book described it as a “companion piece” to the Dark Knight Returns. I don’t think even Miller knew what that was supposed to mean.

Come on, the best intercompany crossover of all time was the first Batman/Grendel. (And the second Batman/Grendel comes in the top five.)

(Now there’s a trade paperback that I’d love to be able to buy…)

DC/Marvel-wise, I’ll join with the rest of the X-men/Teen Titans crowd.

X-Men/Titans really should be on here.

Batman/Cap seems to get a lot of geek love, but it’s one of those rare comics I’ve hated because of the art. Byrne seemed to have inked himself with a water pistol on it.

“I remember the counterpart Batman/Spider-Man was also good…it had Ra’s al Ghul and Kingpin and the characterizations were done extremely well.”

Yeah. The First one was fairly terrible because of Carnage getting his horrible suck all over the place…

But this one was near-perfectly plotted and genuinelly suspenseful. BY FAR the best of the Marvel/DC crossovers.

Accepting your premise that JLA/Avengers is excluded (which I’m not happy about). I pretty much agree with your list. The Batman/Captain America team-up was probably my favourite as well. I’ll give you another reason for choosing the first Superman/Spider-Man crossover over X-Men/Titans: Spidey/Supes is actually accessible. I knew nothing about X-Men when I first read the Titans/X-Men team-up and I was completely lost at sea. As I recall, it was a really dense story as well, and Claremont favoured his creations while making the Titans as cipher-like as possible. That said, I haven’t read it in over 20 years and now that I know a bit more about the X-men I might find it more intriguing!

I kind of wish the original JLA/Avengers crossover hadn’t fizzled out (the existing pages are gorgeous) if for no other reason than it pretty much killed the second X-Men/Titans team-up which Wolfman and Perez were slated to do (which I think was going to be the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and the Brotherhood of Evil, which would have been fun).

Whoops, It was Brother Blood and the Hellfire Club in the putative second X-Men/Titans crossover (though I’m sure I remember hearing that the two Brotherhoods were going to be secondary villains…)

I’d definitely put the Spider-Man/Batman by DeMatteis and Bagley up in the top 5 because of the scene showing how Carnage and Joker couldn’t get along. In the hands of a lesser writer interested in just doing fanservice, we would have just seen Joker and Carnage getting along perfectly fine and wreaking havoc. How the supervillan team-up actually turned out was so unexpected yet so logical and common sense that it was sheer genius.

This post right here explains why that issue is one of the best thought-out Joker characterizations in a long time:

http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/2241438.html

Actually, Marvel did indeed finish TPBing the Simonson Thor run, IIRC, with two more “Visionaries” volumes.

I’ve been reading a lot of these lately (as part of my frequently mentioned book research), so I’ll throw in my two cents:

Everyone’s right. X-Men/Titans should be on there instead of Batman/Hulk. The two books always had a similar “soap opera” feel that mesh very nicely for a crossover, and it has one of the best moments to grace these books (after Starfire kisses Colossus to pick up Russian, and the X-Men learn that she picks up languages by touch, Nightcrawler leans in and says, “Fraulein! Sprechen sie deutch?”)

And for the other penny, the second Superman/Spider-Man crossover is much better than the first. Jim Shooter is just having way too much fun writing Doom–the bit where he delivers a huge “pompous Doom speech”, then orders the recording of it sent to him later on so he can edit it for posterity, is classic. Oh, and the bits with Wonder Woman and Spider-Man are also great.

Most of these crossovers tend to be formulaic–Villain from Company A teams up with Villain from Company B, and Hero from Company A has to team up with Hero from Company B to stop them. It’s usually in the little bits in between–the character moments, the jokes, et cetera–that you get the best stuff.

There’s still about a dozen or so issues of Simonson’s Thor left unreprinted. Sal Buscema drew most of them, but the story’s still unfinished. And Walt’s all-splash page battle with the Midgard Serpent in #380 needs to be collected.

Yes, the Buscema-drawn issues of Walt’s Thor need to be collected. And the entire DeFalco run. And where’s the rest of my Essentials!?

Meanwhile, even if JLA/Avengers was eligible for inclusion, it shouldn’t make the list anyway.

I’ll go further and argue the X-Titans crossover actually holds up today. Simonson’s art is great, but Claremont seemed to capture both teams expertly. He seemed to be channeling Marv Wolfman for the Titans. Wolverine vs. the Terminator was classic: both of them couldn’t believe they found someone else who was “the best there is.” There were plenty of little fanboy in-jokes. (Gar Logan to Wolverine: “Kitty says your name is Logan too. Think we’re related?” Wolverine: “Kitty talks too flamin’ much.”)

Yes, there was a lot of the Phoenix psychodrama, but at the time, Marvel writers had not yet beaten that horse to death.

Batman/Hulk was my very first superhero comic.

and I read it in a paperback-novel sized reprint.

Totally agree with John Seavey RE: X-Men/Titans and the second Superman/Spider-Man team-up. I still enjoy rereading that X-Men/Titans crossover today, and not just because of the gorgeous Simonson art. Always thought Kitty and Garfield made a cute pair.

I liked Batman/Spider-Man for the raw unbridled sexual tension.

I loved the second Superman/Spider-Man I have it in the Giant size–and it is Giant–and alsoo in the TPB version.

> There’s still about a dozen or so issues of Simonson’s
> Thor left unreprinted. Sal Buscema drew most of them,
> but the story’s still unfinished. And Walt’s all-splash
> page battle with the Midgard Serpent in #380 needs to
> be collected.
>

What Dan said. And, frankly, this is the least Marvel
should do. There are A LOT of classic Thor stories that
still need to be reprinted.

Going back to the crossovers, I agree that X-Men/Titans
should be on the list. It’s the best of those early
crossovers. But I do agree that Cap/Batman is the best
overall (note that I’ve yet to read JLA/Avengers, I made
the mistake to wait for the trade on that one. Still
waiting…).

Off, topic, but I would pay up for a collection of Walt Simonson’s run on Fantastic Four. It wasn’t long, so it might take up only a book or two (if they leave out the lame Spidey/Ghost Rider/Hulk/Wolverine team-up issues that Simonson didn’t draw, even better).

Simonson’s FF was short but sweet. The high point for me was definitely Robo-Stalin, but the Reed/Doom fight was also amazing.

Oh my God…we forgot to talk about the bestest cross over ever….Deathmate. :)

Someone hurt me over that comment, please

I love Ross Andru’s art in “Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man”. Buscemas art in the sequel was pretty bland.

mds asked how these stories are justified. I propose that all crossovers, past and present (save possibly Marvel vs. DC), occured at some point during JLA/Avengers #3.

[quote] 18.muldertp said …

I remember the counterpart Batman/Spider-Man was also good…it had Ra’s al Ghul and Kingpin and the characterizations were done extremely well. [/quote]

Err. “Characterizations were done extremely well?” I’m not really into Marvel stuff, but i remember reading something about the kingpin flying around in an apache helicopter and bouncin’ around on ol’ Miss Liberty not being really in character behaviour.

But I may be wrong with this one, and re-reading the comments, i am DEFINITLY wrong because i was thinking about a Batman/Daredevil Crossover with Kingpin and Scarecrow – no idea why, but it’s really a bad one anyway.

So forget my first part and just put Daredevil/Batman onto the list of “worst crossovers”, close to JLA/WildCATS (because it has really, really, really, really bad artwork).

I wish to watch in TV the crossovers “Teen Titans/Loonatics”, “Justice League Unlimited/X-Men Evolution” and “Batman of the Future/Spider-man Unlimited”.

I love all the crossovers than I have seen until now between Marvel and DC

I hope to watch in a movie, a team one on one between Spiderman and Superman.

forgive my poor English, I’m from Colombia and I’m just beginnin to study English.

Bye

Where would the Teen Titans / Beevis & Butthead crossover (from Robot Chicken) fall in crossover ranking? Or Real World Metropolis (Hulk, Falcon, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Aquaman, Catwoman.)

;-)

Theno

I think i have read near enough every Cross over there is but i want to throw something else into the mix.

Why has Iron Man never been in a Cross over by himself agreed he did have a go in the JLA/Avenger classic (yes you heard right Classic).

i put it forward that Iron man and Steel duke it out and who cares if there isn’t a bad guy to be seen, I love to know who win out of the metal men of Marvel and DC.

What are your thoughts on that one people?

David Aston
Birmingham
Great Britain

The X-men-Teen Titans crossover was the best overall. They were able to mesh the current storylines of both teams well and the writer captured the characters.

Spider-man/Batman was second best…Mark Bagley doing Batman and Joker. Best art ive been for the Dark Knight and Bagley is THE spiderman artist.

Batman/Predator was also a real good crossover. inspired the batman:dead end movie…best batman and joker ive seen in a movie…no foam rubber costume

Now the ones that really sucked:

Batman/Spiderman – DC published that one. RAs Al Ghul and the Kingpin? that was a poor writing job and artwork was not up to par.

Batman/Daredevil- another DC weak story…poor writing and art

Batman/Spawn see the pattern here?

Superman/Tarzan….ugh?

HOW DO I GET MY HANDS ON THE BATMAN VS CAPTAIN AMERICA ISSUE

Honestly I have the Spider-man/Batman crossover with the Joker and Carnage. I thought the story made sense and the art was wonderful!! I love the idea of Galactus attempting to eat Apokolips. Batman should never be able to knock the Hulk out with a Batkick. I always wanted Batman to go up against the Kingpin, but I don’t think they’ve done it right yet.

one that I thought was pretty decent but not mentioned, is Superman vs Aliens
same thing as most of the crossovers great artwork half a** story

btw can someone tell me who did the artwork

these was the best

VINCE ROCKBURNE

May 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

BATMAN VS HULK … LIGHTS OUT FOR THE DARKNIGHT

VINCE ROCKBURNE

May 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

CANNOT RELATE TO SPIDERMAN BATMAN , SPIDERMAN IS WAY TO POWERFULL HE WOULD BE ABLE TO BREAK BONES WITH ONE GOOD HIT , I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A THOR & SUPERMAN TEAM UP TO FIGHT A COMMON THREAT

I’m glad a spammy comment brought me to this old thread, because I love these crossovers, although many of them are indeed done badly. I really enjoyed both Superman/Spider-Man teamups, even if they’re not all that great.

Somehow I missed Superman/Hulk entirely, so I can’t vouch for that one (although I do like Steve Rude), but I will not hear of Batman/Hulk being bumped for anything. That was a fantastic comic. When DC later did the “Emperor Joker” storyline, I thought, “Wow, there’s nothing here that wasn’t done much better in Batman/Hulk.” I liked the Titans/X-Men crossover a lot, but if I were to bump anything here for it, it would probably be Galactus/Darkseid, a concept I should have loved but didn’t think was executed all that well.

Missed one….
Just League and The Avengers? Or was it Justice League and X-Men? Don’t recal.

This is just you looking at covers, how about an actual review instead of some kid looking at pictures on the Internet?

I really liked the Superman/Mad Man story, and the Batman/Judge Dredd one.

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