Comic books have always been a staple of the entertainment world. The genre is booming today with the massive success of the superhero films and television series, making new eyes want to read comics and find out the backstories of all these characters. It wasn’t always that way, with comic books being associated with being a nerd in the negative definition back in the day. Times have obviously changed and everyone is talking about comic-related characters at work on the Monday after a movie was released over the weekend. The comic book series are also selling like hot cakes and the momentum won’t be stopped.
The fantasy aspect of comic books spurs creativity from the writers and fans alike. We can get the benefit of superheroes working together or against each other. Crossovers featuring teams like The Avengers or oppositions like Batman vs. Superman are the perfect culmination to wondering how things would go down if it happened. The results also create more interesting follow-ups for the future as the movie worlds of both Marvel and DC are showing us today. There is also the concept of bringing entities from outside of the comic world into the fray. Many silly characters have been added to established comics in creating weird editions.
The odd crossovers don’t always make sense but they definitely provide humorous moments and conversation. We’ll break down that section of the comic history and look at the silly times that left an impact in our memories. Most of these situations feature the merging of completely different worlds in order to put together a coherent story. That is the ultimate goal of writing fantasy, especially in the comic world, but it doesn’t always come true. These are the examples of both, as we look at the top fifteen weirdest and most bizarre comic crossovers that somehow took place.
15. Charles Barkley and Godzilla
Let’s get very weird to start things off! NBA icon Charles Barkley and everyone’s favorite movie monster Godzilla had an actual battle in a comic. This stemmed from a Nike commercial and evolved into an actual comic book due to the NBA’s popularity growing to new lengths in the 90s. Godzilla appears in the comic to attack California and our last hope is Barkley. The only way to stop Godzilla of course is to challenge him to a game of basketball. Sir Charles gets the big win in one-on-one and sends Godzilla to a remote area in Utah to practice his basketball skills. This is the Godzilla story we need to hit the big screen.
14. Archie and The Punisher
When you think of the comic book greats with similarities, The Punisher and Archie is hardly a match made in heaven. The comic follows a wacky sitcom plot of The Punisher coming to Riverdale to hunt down a dangerous criminal that happens to look exactly like Archie. Uh oh. Archie’s carefree life comes to an end but it all gets figure out in the end. The Archie community should start petitioning for Archie to get a spot on the upcoming Punisher series. Punisher fans should start petitioning as well knowing the television series would lead to Frank Castle spilling some of Archie’s blood this time.
13. Batman and Jerry Lewis
Only in the comic book world can the creativity of writing a story about Batman and Jerry Lewis be an art form. The legendary comedian had his own comic in partnership with DC and was honored by being featured in a crossover edition with Batman & Robin. Of course ol’ Jerry was in danger when The Joker attempted to kill him before Batman & Robin arrived to save the day. Batman loves three things in life – speaking with a deep voice, driving fancy cars and the comedic styling of Jerry Lewis. There should have been a side plot featuring Robin secretly hating Lewis and trying to convince Batman to let Joker win this one.
12. Spider-Man and Ren & Stimpy
Spider-Man is arguably the best comic book character suited for the cartoon world based off the colorful world and humorous personality. This led to the opposite effect when Nickelodeon cartoon Ren & Stimpy welcomed Spidey into their world with the crossover comic. It was of course an easier day of work for Peter Parker than having to deal with the usual dangerous villains in New York City. Spider-Man did Ren & Stimpy a favor by helping Powdered Toast Man get back to his wonderful self after Dr. Donut turned him evil. Sadly, this never turned into a crossover cartoon episode and remained confined to the comic pages.
11. Batman and The Beatles
Would you rather be Batman or one of The Beatles during their prime? Two of the most popular household names in American culture came together for a comic book. The comic used a conspiracy theory made by fans that Paul McCartney actually passed away and the legendary band was using a lookalike to replace him. Batman took it into his own hands in this comic to find out if Sir Paul was indeed alive. The silliest aspect of the comic meant the names of The Beatles and their songs had to be changed for copyright reasons. “Saul” writing “The Pink Submarine” was a wonderful time in DC Comics.
10. Transformers and Bruce Springsteen
Another wacky scenario between a larger than life comic book character and larger than life musician featured Bruce Springsteen getting helped by the Transformers. Once again, the artist’s name was forced to be changed due to copyrights so “Brick Springhorn” was the legendary musician in this story. Decepticons invaded the big Springhorn concert to run amok and cause mayhem until the Autobots made the save. The Autobots prevent the Decepticons from destroying Springhorn and his fans. Depending on your music preferences, some of you probably always viewed the Decepticons as the heroes after this edition.
9. Archie and Predator
If Archie almost getting killed by The Punisher wasn’t enough, the Riverdale friends were forced to deal with Predator in another comic edition. Archie vs. Predator featured the evil and powerful aliens try to get rid of the Archie gang once and for all. Betty and Veronica finally worked together and the power of unity was too much for Predator to overcome. It’s hard to root for a murderous alien to destroy a group of kids but let’s be honest – we should have given up Jughead before stopping it. Archie is the king of weird crossovers and Predator was among the oddest.
8. Superman and Nestle Quik Bunny
Most of these crossover comics at least featured cool fantasy matchups or similar worlds merging but this one was completely out there. Superman and the Nestle Quik Bunny somehow ended up on the same side facing the evil wrath of the Weather Wizard. Of all the superheroes, Superman found himself trapped in a giant block of ice until the Nestle Quik Bunny saved him with the power of chocolate powder. Comic books being corny are not necessarily terrible and it can be cool in the right situation. This was the exact opposite and everyone associated should be ashamed for DC Comics to allow this one.
7. David Letterman and Avengers
In one of the more unique ideas, the late night talk show world entered the comic universe via David Letterman interviewing the Avengers. We all know the power of the Avengers today with the blockbuster hit films boosting the Marvel Cinematic Universe but they were always a pretty big deal in the comics. The Avengers decide to go on a talk show tour in hopes of getting their intent out and Letterman is the big host featured in the comic. CBS scored a big victory in the Marvel Comics by having Letterman’s talk show being the venue of choice by the world’s biggest heroes.
6. KISS and Doctor Doom
The musicians are back again with KISS being featured in a comic against the villainous Doctor Doom. The one-off comic special saw a group of outcast kids get magically transformed into KISS. Poor writing from the Marvel team found the kids as the only hope for humanity against Doctor Doom. The magic of KISS saved the day and wins out in the end. Who needs The Fantastic Four when you have wacky face paint and magical wizardry? Unlike many of the other comics selected here, this lacked the proper charm or humor to pull off the silly crossover.
5. X-Men and Star Trek
The X-Men not only found themselves in the world of space travel but ended up meeting the Star Trek Enterprise. This should have provided one of the more creative stories with both entities being among the most popular in their respective fields but it left a lot to the imagination. The dry story caused disappointment for many fans of each party and the crossover is often forgotten by choice. Yes, we’re all thinking it. Patrick Stewart being forced to play roles on both sides is enough to warrant wanting this to still get made into a film. Hopefully the movie adaptation would be more entertaining.
4. Spider-Man and the cast of SNL
Don’t ever accuse Spider-Man of lacking love for New York City. The Queens native not only protects the streets of NY but he enjoys Saturday Night Live. Peter Parker and Mary Jane end up in a difficult predicament when they attend SNL as fans but the Silver Samurai decides to attack. Spider-Man joins forces with the cast of Saturday Night Live to take down the villain. The cast wisely and humorously disguise themselves by dressing as Avengers before Spidey makes the save. A fun note was Stan Lee being written in as the host of that edition of SNL. He really is everywhere!
3. Eminem and The Punisher
Eminem is most known for being a hip hop legend but one of his more hidden passions is being a comic book fan and loving The Punisher. While marketing a return and finding ways to get his name out there, Eminem wanted to be a part of a comic book as part of the process. Marvel pitched the ideas of a crossover comic with A-listers Spider-Man and Wolverine but Marshall Mathers fought for Punisher. It would only make sense for a rapper to want the most intense and intimidating figure. No word if Frank Castle will ever be signed to Slim Shady Records an official hitman.
2. Wonder Woman and Scooby Doo
The superheroes of the comic book world have to deal with some mysterious villains that leave a lot of mystery. Who should one call when things can’t be explained through logic? The Mystery Inc. gang of Scooby Doo and company of course. Wonder Woman calls Shaggy, Daphne, Fred, Velma and Scooby to help figure out how mythical monsters are attacking her homeland and disappearing. The gang does their best detective work (aka makes a mess out of everything while Velma figures it out) to help out Wonder Woman. There you have it, folks. Superman has absolutely nothing on Scooby Doo. Get that superhuman a Scooby snack.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Archie
The weirdest comic book crossover ended up making the most sense. Archie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles found themselves in the same pages as the turtles ended up in Riverdale. Raphael, Leonard, Michalangelo and Donatello would enter Riverdale after getting spit out by a giant intergalactic cow head. OK I did say it made sense but that’s because neither series was built on logic. The crime fighting ninjas ending up in Riverdale and having a good time partying with Archie and friends was the perfect way for them to cross paths. The teens all danced and enjoyed the life of being youthful. Humans and turtles can unite for the most enjoyable things in life.