If you were to choose between Marvel and DC, which of these two great companies or universes would you say is better? Most comic and movie lovers out there have their preferences, but we can all agree that there is no other name in comic book history that is greater or even comes close to Marvel and DC, right?
These two companies have been in existence since the 1930s and they have continued to grow since then in every respect. One would wonder whether the founders of these two companies would have foreseen a future where their content is receiving worldwide viewership and numerous movie awards.
Today, when Marvel or DC plan to release a movie, fans always wait in anticipation for it and flood the movie theaters to watch it on its premier. Marvel and DC movies are some of the highest grossing films in Hollywood, and that is evidence of just how popular these companies are, and just how much their loyal fans support them.
For those of us who do not like choosing between these two names and would rather enjoy both, Marvel and DC crossovers tend to bring out a union that totally works for us. Crossovers involve bringing together characters from different universes into one storyline – a story that tends to be very entertaining. These crossovers bring very powerful beings together, and this means that fans can brace themselves for action that is beyond what they are used to in regular storylines.
Here are some of the top crossovers that Marvel and DC have worked on together. Which one would you like to watch in a movie today?
10. Darkseid Vs. Galactus: The Hunger Vol 1 1
Unlike most other crossovers where most of the attention is usually on the superheroes, the Darkseid vs Galactus: The Hunger comic focuses on super villains from different universes. Galactus is one of the most powerful super villains in the Marvel Universe, owing to his god-like size and power, which he uses to consume and drain planets off their energy. Darkseid, on the other hand, is one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe, whose intention is to conquer the universe and eliminate free will.
The two villains meet when Galactus sets his sight on Apokolips – Darkseid’s planet and a planet that is big enough to feed his hunger. But Darkseid will not let Galactus consume his planet without a fight of godlike proportions.
9. DC Versus Marvel Vol 1 1
This is a crossover that brings together most characters from both DC and Marvel universes, who find themselves in the same Amalgam Universe. This begins with the discovery of a mysterious box emanating a strange light, which had the power to make someone disappear and appear in a parallel universe. For example, Juggernaut finds himself in Metropolis, Spiderman finds himself in Gotham City, and the same weird happenings continue to affect characters such as Axel Asher, Wolverine, Storm, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Superboy, Hulk, Lobo, Spectre, Living Tribunal and many others.
The paranormal activities continue for a while as the characters from both universes are confused, but they try to understand what is going on. The heroes begin to engage their new villains in battle, and this makes for a very interesting read.
8. Uncanny X-Men & The New Teen Titans Vol 1 1
The X-Men are mutants from the Marvel Universe who possess different superpowers, and are divided into superhero mutants led by Professor X, and super villain mutants led by Magneto. The New Teen Titans are DC characters who are young sidekicks of the popular superheroes, but their age does not mean that they are easy to beat.
This crossover features these two groups of superheroes coming together to defeat Darkseid and Dark Phoenix – a fight that was of astronomical proportions. The fight ends with Darkseid and Dark Phoenix vanishing after a mammoth explosion and the reunion of Cyclops and Jean Grey.
7. Silver Surfer / Superman Vol 1 1
In late 1996, DC and Marvel came together to produce a comic that starred Marvel’s Silver Surfer and DC’s Superman in one action packed story. Superman has long been seen as the superhero of all superheroes, and teaming him up with the extremely powerful Silver Surfer makes that team almost indestructible.
When the Silver Surfer is on his board and Superman is exposed to earth’s sun, these two are at their prime – and not even Galactus or any of Superman’s opponents can defeat them. You would have to buy this comic to get details of the storyline, but given the power of these two, it has to be nothing but breathtaking.
6. All Access Comics
Access Comics were a joint project of DC and Marvel in which they introduced a new character called Access – who had the power of cross-dimensional awareness, dimensional transportation, merging and time travel – and used him together with others from their other comics.
The first issue of Access Comics featured Access, Superman and Spider-Man battling against Venom. The second issue featured Access, Robin, and Jubilee facing off against Two-Face. The third issue featured Access, Batman, Doctor Strange, the X-Men and the Justice League of America members, and the fourth and final issue featured members of the X-Men and members of the Justice League of America.
5. Batman & Captain America Vol 1 1
Batman is without a doubt the most popular 100% human superhero, and this makes him a favourite of most DC Universe fans. Captain America, on the other hand, is an American soldier with amazing powers and a big heart, making him one of the greatest Marvel superheroes.
In this crossover, Captain America and Bucky encounter Batman and Robin when they are sent stateside on a mission, and the two teams combine forces to bring down Red Skull and the Joker. Although the Red Skull and the Joker are some of the worst villains in the Marvel and DC universe, they do not stand a chance against Captain America and Batman.
4. Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 1
Superman Vs The Amazing Spider-Man was the first time that DC and Marvel came together to publish a comic book that featured their modern superheroes, and it was an amazing crossover. Published in 1976 and at the time going for just $2, this comic book was the beginning of many other successful crossovers.
The crossover also brings together Superman’s and Spiderman’s worst enemies, Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus, who combine forces when they meet in a super-security prison where our two heroes had sent them. The title might deceive you to think that Superman and Spiderman would face off, but they work together rather perfectly to defeat the villains.
3. DC Special Series Vol 1 #27 – Batman Vs. the Incredible Hulk
DC had come up with a series of one-shot comics and special issues under the umbrella title of DC Special Series, with each comic featuring different characters and showing them in a slightly different light than they were in their comics. The series ran from 1977 to 1981, with the last issue being a crossover featuring Batman and the Incredible Hulk.
This storyline shows Bruce Banner working in one of Bruce Wayne’s companies, assisting in developing a gamma-gun that had the ability to cure diseases. The story here also includes the Joker, the Shaper of Worlds and a fake General commanding an army. As you would expect, Batman and the Hulk join forces to bring down the bad guys – a job that they do well.
2. Green Lantern Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances Vol 1 1
Green Lantern Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances is a DC/Marvel crossover starring DC’s Green Lantern and Marvel’s Silver Surfer, released on January 1, 1995. The coming together of these two superheroes is as a result of Thanos wanting to destroy all creation in order to be with his lover Lady Death and hatching a plan to make Parallax look like he is the one guilty of wanting to destroy both universes.
Although many other characters are involved in this comic and the danger that both universes face is of great proportions, the Silver Surfer and the Green Lantern combine their forces and defeat the villains in a very outstanding and entertaining way.
1. Incredible Hulk Vs. Superman Vol 1 1
Who would win in a battle between the Hulk and Superman? The argument here would never come to an end, because the Hulk is in every way indestructible and the Man of Steel is also in a league of his own.
Although the cover of the comic and its title make us think that these two superheroes will finally get to fight each other, the truth is that they end up fighting side by side against Lex Luthor, who is arguably Superman’s worst opponent. Other super villains also make an appearance in the comic, but the Hulk and Superman are a team that simply cannot loose.