Marvel Versus DC Comics Series (Amalgam Comics)

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A joint publication by DC and Marvel Comics. DC Published #1 and #4, Marvel #2 and #3. Superheroes and supervillains from both companies interact as the result of two cosmic figures known as the Brothers.

It also features the first in-continuity cross-over between the two companies. Previous cross-overs were not subsequently referenced in regular continuity.


Publication information

Publisher: Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Amalgam Comics
Schedule: Monthly 
Format: Hitchens 
Publication date: February – May 1996
Number of issues: 4
Storylines: DC Versus Marvel

Creative team

Writer(s): Ron Marz, Peter David
Penciller(s): Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini

History

Two godly brothers who personify the DC and Marvel Universes become aware of the other's existence, and challenge one another to a series of duels involving each universe's respective superheroes. The losing universe would cease to exist. The story had an "out of universe" component in that the outcomes of primary battles were determined by readers voting.
Numerous smaller, story-driven skirmishes occur throughout the series, not counted with the primary duels meant to determine the outcome between the brothers.
There were eleven battles fought between the two universes:
  • Aquaman (DC) vs. Namor (Marvel). Aquaman won by crushing Namor with a whale.
  • Elektra (Marvel) vs. Catwoman (DC). Elektra won by cutting off Catwoman's whip as she hung from a girder on a building under construction. Catwoman survived by falling into a dumpster filled with sand.
  • Flash (DC) vs. Quicksilver (Marvel). The Flash won due to his superior speed.
  • Robin (DC) vs. Jubilee (Marvel). Robin won by using his cape as a decoy and then by tying up Jubilee.
  • Silver Surfer (Marvel) vs. Green Lantern (DC). Silver Surfer won when both collided with each other and released a huge explosion which knocked out Green Lantern but Silver Surfer was unfazed.
  • Thor (Marvel) vs. Captain Marvel (DC). Thor won when Captain Marvel was forced to change back to his alter ego Billy. Billy tried to change back but Thor exerted control over him using the magic lightning and the resulting blow caused his hammer to fly off and Billy to fall unconscious.
There were other primary battles, with the outcomes determined by a vote by the readers:
  • Superman (DC) vs. Hulk (Marvel). Superman wins with a one-punch knockout on the Hulk, although they were evenly matched in raw power (of note, this comic took place during the "Professor Hulk" phase, wherein the Hulk retained Bruce Banner's full intellect at the cost of full strength).
  • Spider-Man (Marvel) vs. Superboy (DC). Spider-Man wins by tying up Superboy with impact webbing and electrocuting him with high voltage.
  • Batman (DC) vs. Captain America (Marvel). The match ends in uncertainty--though both are evenly matched after hours of combat, a sudden flushing of the sewer knocks Cap off balance as Batman manages to strike him with a Batarang. Batman rescues Cap from certain death via drowning, but Cap's unconsciousness from nearly drowning causes him to lose.
  • Wolverine (Marvel) vs. Lobo (DC). Wolverine beats Lobo in a brutal barfight which was largely off panel.
  • Storm (Marvel) vs. Wonder Woman (DC). After Diana drops Thor's hammer in order to allow the fight to happen as it was intended, Storm wins the battle after repeatedly hitting Diana with her lightning after a brief melee encounter. In the end with Green Arrow versus Hawkeye, it seems like a draw.

 Issues in this Volume

 

Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 1

 

Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 2

Marvel Versus DC #2
"Round Two"
(March, 1996)
 

Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 3

Marvel Versus DC #3
"Round Three"
(April, 1996)
 

Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 4

DC Versus Marvel #4