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DC's Amalgam Comics
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About Amalgam Comics:
Amalgam was a very interesting, and quite unusual, experiment between
the two top publishers Marvel and DC. In 1996, the two publishers
teamed up for a heavily-hyped, four-issue mini-series called "Marvel
vs. DC", or "DC vs. Marvel". If Marvel printed an issue, it was
titled "Marvel vs. DC". If DC printed an issue, it was called "DC
vs. Marvel". Although only four issues, the mini-series had 8
different standard covers just because both publishers printed
it. In the "Marvel vs. DC" mini-series, superheroes faced off
against their counterparts in a battle to the death. By the end
of issue 4, the winners were declared, but all the events of the series
were wiped away, like they never happened, and all the heroes, living
and dead, returned to their respective realities like nothing ever
To tell the truth, the "Marvel vs. DC" event was NOT as cool as it
could or should have been. It all seemed rather dry. The
whole "killing off superheroes" bit had been done to death since
Superman's death in 1992. Not to mention the fact that comic
books had pitted enough superheroes against each other in comics for
the last several years. There just wasn't anything special about
the concept anymore. The best thing that came out of all this was
Amalgam Comics was attempted twice. The first Amalgam event
occurred near the end of the "Marvel vs. DC" run in 1996. Twelve
titles were released in a single week, temporarily replacing the
publishers' regular releases. Half the comics were published by
Marvel and half by DC. Funny thing, though, only the Amalgam logo
was shown on the cover. You actually have to look inside the
comic to see who published it. The whole idea behind Amalgam is
that it was a fictitious publisher. The name Amalgam comes from
the fact that the new characters are really blendings (amalgams) of
characters between Marvel and DC. Some of these fusions proved
quite interesting. Others were not so good. In one-third of
all the Amalgam Comics published, fictitious letter columns were
created to give a larger background to the stories and to give hints of
what might happen in the next issue. The names of hometowns from
the imaginary "fans" were typically fusions of existing American cities.
The second Amalgam attempt was made one year later in 1997.
Again, twelve issues were released, divided equally by the
publishers. Marvel later published all their Amalgam Comics into
a trade paperback edition, and DC did the same. As cool as the
idea of Amalgam was, it just didn't take, and it hasn't been attempted
again. It probably never will be attempted again, which is a bit
sad. Superhero comics in the late 1990s generally sucked, but
Amalgam was a bright spot in that period. It's amazing that the
freshest ideas superhero comics offered in years came from the mixing
of already established characters!
DC's Amalgam Comics- 1996
DC's Amalgam Comics-
cross between Marvel's Storm, and DC's Wonder Woman. A great
idea, but a poor comic.
assassins team up to take on the Big Question. Catsai is a
cross between Marvel's Elektra and DC's Catwoman. Dare The
Terminator is a cross between Marvel's Daredevil and DC's Deathstroke,
the Terminator. Big Question is a cross between villains Kingpin,
of Marvel Comics, and Riddler, of DC Comics.
Strangefate- A cross between Marvel's Doctor Strange, and DC's
cross between Marvel's Avengers, DC's Justice League, and Marvel's
of the Dark Claw- A cross between Marvel's Wolverine and DC's
Batman. Dark Claw's sidekick is Sparrow, a cross between Marvel's
Jubilee and DC's Robin. The villain is Hyena, a cross between
Marvel's Sabretooth and DC's Joker.
Soldier- A cross between Marvel's Captain America and DC's
Superman. The villain is Green Skull, a combination of Marvel's
Red Skull and DC's Lex Luthor. Green Skull's robot is
Ultra-Metallo, a combination between Marvel's Ultron and DC's
Metallo. This was a cool comic and great idea. It seems
right. Super Soldier is the only Amalgam hero who really deserved
his own ongoing series. Too bad he never got it.
cross between Marvel's Man-Thing and DC's Man-Bat. To be
truthful, DC's Swamp Thing is the true counterpart to Marvel's
Man-Thing. I'm curious as to why those two weren't
combined. Man-Bat is a villain in Batman comics, so I'm not sure
why he was even considered for this.
Claw Adventures- You know how 1992 brought us the creepy
TV cartoon series, "Batman: The Animated Series"? Well, that
cartoon inspired its own comic book series called, "Batman
Adventures". The character of Dark Claw is drawn in the fakey
1940s-style for this comic, just like Batman had been in his own.
Hex- A cross between Marvel's Generation X and DC's
Western comic Jonah Hex.
Unleashed- The JLX returns, with Amazon now a member.
the Duck- A cross between Marvel's Howard the Duck, and
DC's Lobo. Weird on top of weird.
Soldier: Man of War- Super Soldier returns. This
comic was made to look like a WWII comic from the 1940s.
Wayne, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.- A cross between DC's Bruce
Wayne (Batman) and Marvel's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The
line-up of heroes and villains are crosses between characters from
Batman and Nick Fury comics.
& Bracelets- Two lovers team up to fight the evil
Thanoseid, a cross between Marvel's Thanos and DC's Darkseid.
Diana Prince (DC's Wonder Woman) teams up with Trevor Castle (Marvel's
Frank Castle, the Punisher, and DC's Steve Trevor) as two Punisher-type
& the Magnetic Men- Marvel's Magneto & his
Brotherhood of Mutants are crossed with DC's Metal Men.
Demon- DC's Flash and Etrigan, the Demon, and crossed with
Marvel's Ghost Rider. THIS was a cool comic idea. One of
cross between Marvel's Spider-Man and DC's second, hip version of
cross between Marvel's X-Force and DC's Doom Patrol.
the Fantastic- A cross between Marvel's Fantastic Four
and DC's Challengers of the Unknown.
X-Patrol- X-Patrol returns, this time to fight Brother
Brood. That villain was a cross between Marvel's Brood and DC's
Lantern- A cross between DC's Hal Jordan version of Green
Lantern, and Marvel's Iron Man.
Featuring Magneto- The team returns!
Team-Up- Spider-Boy returns in this mock version of the
old Marvel title, "Marvel Team-Up", that regularly starred
Spider-Man. In this issue, Spider-Boy joins up with all kinds of
crossed hero characters.
of the New Asgods- A cross between Marvel's Thor and DC's
Orion, from the New Gods team. Asgods, of course, is a play on
the name of Thor's homeland, Asgard.