Near the end of the DC vs. Marvel crossover event in 1996, Amalgam Comics released a series of one-shot comic books combining characters from the Marvel Universe with characters from the DC Universe. The first twelve Amalgam titles were released in a single week, temporarily replacing both publishers' regular releases. Half the comics in the event were published by Marvel Comics and half by DC Comics. A year later, the stunt was repeated, but without the crossover as background. Later, both publishers collected their issues into trade paperback collections.
In the 24 Amalgam Comics titles printed, one-third of those printed included letter-columns by fictitious fans to give a larger background to the stories and to help give hints of what might happen in the next issue. The "fans'" hometowns were usually fusions of existing American cities.
1996 - DC Comics
Assassins, written by Dan Chichester and illustrated by Scott McDaniel, featured two main characters, Catsai and Dare the Terminator. Despite their enmity, they team up to take on the Big Question and his gang.
Doctor Strangefate was written by Ron Marz with art by José Luis García-López and Kevin Nowlan. The issue features the powerful mystic Doctor Strangefate. His comic also featured the character Access and highlights his adventures in between issues of the DC vs. Marvel miniseries. This book was reprinted in the DC versus Marvel trade paperback due to its part in the overall story.
JLX was written by Gerard Jones and Mark Waid, with art by Howard Porter and John Dell. The members of the Judgment League Avengers whose powers are mutant in origin turn against their teammates and form their own team, JLX. They leave to find Atlantis. The JLX returned in another title in the 1997 series of Amalgam comics, titled JLX Unleashed.
Legends of the Dark Claw
An experimental infusion of alien DNA transforms the human Clark Kent into Super Soldier, hero of World War II. After a suspended animation, he is revived in modern times. He fought against Green Skull, Ultra-Metallo and the terrorist organization Hydra.
The main character also appeared in JLX as a member of the JLA, again a year later in Super Soldier: Man of War, and again as part of the JLA in JLX Unleashed.
1996 - Marvel Comics
Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Bullets and Bracelets
Magneto and the Magnetic Men
Spider-Boy was written by Karl Kesel with art by Mike Wieringo and Gary Martin. Spider-Boy, the titular character, is a clone whose gravity powers enable him to mimic the wall-crawling abilities of a spider. This character returned in another Spider-Boy title in the 1997 Amalgam comics, titled Spider-Boy Team-Up. Spider-Boy is a crossover of the characters Spider-Man and Superboy.
The team returned in another title in the 1997 Amalgam comics, titled Exciting X-Patrol.
1997 - DC Comics
Bat-Thing - Someone to Watch Over Me was written by Larry Hama with art by Rodolfo Damaggio and Bill Sienkiewicz. The titular character Bat-Thing attacked people in the street of New Gotham City, and the detective Clarck Bullock tried to protect the Bat-Thing's wife and daughter from the monster.
Dark Claw Adventures
Dark Claw Adventures was written illustrated by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett. This "animated series" version of the Dark Claw comic used an art style that mirrored Batman: The Animated Series and was similar to the Batman Adventures comic. Lady Talia pursued the Dark Claw to avenge the killing of her father, Ra's A-pocalypse.
Generation Hex was written by Peter Milligan with art by Adam Pollina. The comic featured a team of mutants, the Malforms, suffering prejudice and living by robbery in the Old West. Their leader, Jono Hex, helps them escape a trio of mutant-hunting robots sent by Marshal Trask and get revenge on his hometown Humanity.
JLX Unleashed was written by Christopher Priest with art by Oscar Jimenez and Hanibal Rodriguez. This second outing of the JLX sees them joined by Amazon. The Hellfire League of Injustice summons up the dragon Fin Fang Flame to destroy all metamutants. The dragon decide to incinerate the entire humanity, since "All humanity, after all, is mutated to some extent". The Judgment League Avengers and the JLX ally to defeat it.
Lobo the Duck
The story revolves around the fearless, muscular, anti-hero bounty hunter Lobo the Duck and his shapeshifting canine sidekick Impossible Dawg who are investigating the murders of several Amalgam Comics superheroes, including Doctor Strangefate, Super-Soldier, Aqua Mariner, Dare the Terminator, and Hawkhawk.
Lobo only agrees to find the murderer(s) as the aforementioned heroes had paid him upfront. Lobo fights his way through Gold Kidney Lady, Doctor Bongface, and various other supervillains before he realizes that the end of the world is about to begin and only he can stop it.
Some other minor characters introduced in Lobo the Duck include Ambush the Lunatik, a fellow bounty hunter that was eaten by Lobo after angering him; Al Forbush, the owner of Al Forbush's Subterranean Diner; and Jonas Turnip.
Super Soldier: Man of War
Super Soldier: Man of War was written by Dave Gibbons and Mark Waid, with art by Dave Gibbons and Jimmy Palmiotti. This comic presented Super Soldier (Clark Kent) in the style of the Golden Age World War II comics. Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen are sent to England to follow a mysterious cargaison of stolen equipment desired by the Nazis.
1997 - Marvel Comics
Challengers of the Fantastic
Challengers of the Fantastic was written by Karl Kesel with art by Tom Grummett and Al Vey. The members were scientist Reed "Prof" Richards, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Susan "Ace" Storm, her daredevil brother Johnny "Red" Storm, and fighting Senator Ben "Rocky" Grimm. Their enemies included Doctor Doomsday and Galactiac.
Exciting X-Patrol was written by Barbara Kesel with art by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary. The team fought against Brother Brood. This comic was dedicated to the memory of Mark Gruenwald, who had died one year previously from a heart attack.
The Magnetic Men featuring Magneto
The Magnetic Men featuring Magneto was written by Tom Peyer with art by Barry Kitson and Dan Panosian. In addition to the title characters, this book also features Mister Mastermind, Quasimodox, Chemodam, and the Sinister Society.
The Sinister Society's members each represent various special metals from both universes. The members and their associated metals are:
- Kultron - Adamantium
- Soniklaw - Vibranium
- Black Vulture - Nth Metal
- Deathborg - Promethium
- Vance Cosmic - Inertron
Spider-Boy Team-Up was written by "R.K. Sternsel" (an amalgam of the names of Roger Stern and Karl Kesel) with art by José Ladrönn and Juan Vlasco. In this comic, Spider-Boy teams up with characters based on Marvel and DC comics based in the far future and/or outer space, including the Legion of Galactic Guardians 2099.
Thorion of the New Asgods
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Radford, Bill (April 20, 1997). "New Amalgam comics bring back characters, add a few". Beaver County Times. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=IKNUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eDsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2912,4664384. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
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- ↑ George Khoury (November 2, 2008). "Pop! The Unforgettable Doctor Strangefate". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18663. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- ↑ Matt Murphy (October 7, 2009). "LBCC: 56 Questions with Mark Waid". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=23212. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Bill Reed (July 6, 2007). "365 Reasons to Love Comics #187". Comic Book Resources. http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/07/06/365-reasons-to-love-comics-187/. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 D. Aviva Rothschild (2000). "Review of Return to the Amalgam Age of Comics: The DC Comics Collection". The Comics Get Serious. http://www.rationalmagic.com/Comics/AmalgamDC.html. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- ↑ Humanity at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- ↑ Chris Roberson (October 21, 2008). "Secret Services: Section Zero". The myriad worlds of Chris Roberson. http://www.chrisroberson.net/2008/10/secret-services-section-zero.html. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- ↑ The Sinister Society at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe