DC versus Marvel/Marvel versus DC- 1


DC versus Marvel/Marvel versus DC- 1

General Info

Issue No:
1
On Sale Date:
December 1995
Cover Date:
February 1996
Era:
Dark Age
Story Title:
Round One

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Dan Jurgens, Joe Rubinstein
Writer:
Ron Marz, Peter David
Penciller:
Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini
Inker:
Joe Rubinstein, Paul Neary
Letterer:
Bill Oakley
Colourist:
Gregory Wright
Editor:
Mike Carlin, Mark Gruenwald, Chris Duffy (assistant), Joe Andreani (assistant)

Characters

Main:
Batman (Bruce Wayne), Spider-Man (Ben Reilly), Axel Asher, Wolverine (James Howlett), Storm (Ororo Monroe), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal El), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Superboy (Kon-El), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Lobo, Spectre (Aztar) - plus numerous others
Heroes:
Professor X (Charles Xavier), Beast (Henry McCoy), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Flash (Wally West), Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Aquaman (Orin), Namor (Namor McKenzie), Captain Marvel (William Batson), Elektra (Elektra Natchios), Steel (John Henry Irons), Absorbing Man (Carl Creel), Man-Bat (Robert Langstrom), Punisher (Frank Castle) - plus numerous others
Villains:
Joker, Gambit (Remy Lebeau), Juggernaut (Cain Marko)
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Lois Lane, J. Jonah Jameson, Jimmy Olsen
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Comments

This was a joint publication by DC and Marvel Comics. DC Published #1 and #4 and Marvel published #2 and #3. Superheroes and super-villains from both companies came into contact with each other and interacted as the result of two cosmic figures known as the Brothers. This was the first in-continuity cross-over between the two companies as previous cross-overs were not subsequently referenced in regular continuity.

The main heroes from each universe were matched up against each other and the winner was determined by a fan vote. At the time Marvel’s X-Men was extremely popular and Wonder Woman was experiencing a lull in her popularity. As a result Diana was paired against Storm, who she clearly outmatched in fighting prowess and strength. Never-the-less, to the shock and incredulity of  Wonder Woman fans worldwide, Diana lost the fight after being struck down by a humble lightning bolt.

The Editorial teams would later try to justify the defeat as being  result of Wonder Woman being susceptible to electricity, which fans knew was utter rubbish and merely an excuse.

Wonder Woman would get redemption of sorts in the DC/Marvel All-Access mini-series published a year or so later, where she also makes it clear to Storm that she had only won their previous confrontation because she had taken Diana “by surprise”.

Synopsis

A mysterious box in a Manhattan alley begins emanating a strange light. The light breaks free from the box, and spreads throughout the world. Anyone tagged by one of its shafts disappears, only to reappear in a parallel universe.

Spider-Man gets struck by a shaft and ends up in DC’s Gotham City, where he meets the villainous Joker. Likewise, Juggernaut finds himself transported to DC’s Metropolis, where he arouses the ire of Superman.

Both worlds struggle to understand these paranormal occurrences, but life continues. Heroes and villains adjust to their new surroundings and engage new enemies in battle.

Reporter Clark Kent discusses these strange events with his new photographer, Ben Reilly, but both men conclude that its something only a higher power can understand. They turn out to be wrong, as neither the Spectre nor the Living Tribunal comprehend the disturbances throughout the fabric of their respective universes.

Elsewhere, two unknown cosmic beings reach out to each other across the void between realities.