Seven of the Oddest Comic Book Crossovers
One of the best parts of comic books is that you never know who could appear in the next issue. Over the years there have been several crossovers or team-ups that have resulted in severely odd partnerships. Read on to find the seven strangest.
1. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Ghostbusters – To set the tone for the piece I’d have to say one of the strangest crossovers that I’ve seen includes two of the biggest and most known franchises of the 80’s and 90’s, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters. In celebrating both franchises’ 30th year anniversaries, IDW decided to celebrate together. In the series, the two meet up via a transportational device created by a friend of the TMNT, Harold Lillja. With the first issue released last week it remains to be seen how the series will turn out.
2. The Justice League of America and The Avengers – A little over a decade ago the two biggest and most popular comic book companies joined together to created a four part series titled JLA/Avengers for two issues and Avengers/JLA for the other two. Think about it, two of the big companies, who are bitter rivals, come together to make a product. This is the equivalent of having McDonalds and Burger King create a McWhooper! The series itself wasn’t that memorable for what you’d expect for a comic book featuring Superman, Batman, Thor, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America.
3. Archie and The Punisher – To me the oddest crossover/team up has to be Archie and the Punisher. The crossover titled Archie Meets the Punisher was published both by Archie Comics and Marvel Comics in 1994. Why is this odd? Well Archie is known for being the quintessential “clean” comic book series and the Punisher, well he’s known for the various ways in which he kills his enemies.
This is one of the few crossover events where there is no rift in time and space. In the series the Punisher is contracted by the government to bring in a wanted drug dealer named Red. The Punisher goes to investigate and realizes that the drug dealer looks almost exactly like Archie, but Red has buckteeth. My favorite part of the issue? Easy, when Frank Castle sticks an Uzi up Archie’s nose!
4. Star Trek and the X-men – It was a day unlike any other, in a galaxy far, far away… Wait that’s not right, wrong crossover, this comic book had the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series and the X-Men. Like many of these crossovers there was nothing memorable other than a few scenarios to picture in your head. My favorite moment of the comic book would be Spock putting the Vulcan nerve pinch on Wolverine.
Produced by Marvel, the crew of the Enterprise encounter the X-Men crossing into their space via a psionic energy rift in space. After fighting with each other they come together to win the day. A sequel was made where the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation encounters some more of the X-Men.
5. Superman and Muhammad Ali – Yes, arguably the most popular superhero of all time and one of the most recognizable individuals on the planet have appeared in comic book form together. If you guessed Superman and Muhammad Ali then you got it right. DC Comics once had them squared off against each other. Because why wouldn’t the man who’s faster than a speeding bullet fight the man who’s quick like a bee? In the comic book they originally were going to fight each other to determine who’s the greatest champion of Earth with the winner to take on an alien champion.
Upon doing research for this piece I’ve come to the conclusion that in the past DC has whored out Superman’s comic book to others. In addition to teaming up with Muhammad Ali, they’ve had him share comic books with the Quick Bunny, He-Man, Jerry Lewis, Santa Claus and in two separate issues he also fights the alien Xenomorphs and in the other the Predators.
6. Godzilla and Charles Barkley – In the early 90’s Nike made a commercial with Charles Barkley dunking on Godzilla. The surprising part isn’t the commercial, which is only 30 seconds long and entails Godzilla on a rampage through a city and an equally sized Charles Barkley appearing with a basketball, but that Dark Horse Comics decided to make a comic book off of it.
In the comic book a young kid give Barkley a magic coin that makes him comparable in size to a rampaging Godzilla. So naturally Chuck challenges Godzilla to a match and they play, with Barkley easily winning. I mean come on, how could Godzilla win with such short arms? He takes Godzilla somewhere in Utah and Barkley begins to coach Godzilla in the ways of basketball.
7. Tarzan and Predator – In one of the strangest crossovers there was Tarzan versus Predator: At the Earth’s Core published by Dark Horse Comics in 1996 and made into a four part series. The Predators known from the movie series of the same name go to the center of the Earth into a city known as Pellucidar. An entirely thick jungle covers the land and to Tarzan, this is sacred ground. When some of the locals of Pellucidar begin to be mysteriously murdered Tarzan is called to the scene.
Originally I found this odd because when I think of Tarzan I usually see the Disney Tarzan in my head. And now Predators are hunting him like the Governator back in the 80’s. But this is not your Disney Tarzan and the series was not drawn for kids. Check out the series to find out who wins.
Not making the list with an honorable mention is an issue of The Punisher, which features a team up with none other Eminem.
Let me know if there are any crossover/team-ups that I should’ve included below.
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