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"Sergio, fans love crossovers! And they're easy to do! If you can't think of something for the characters in your comic to do, well then, just have them meet characters in some other comic that doesn't have an idea this month, either!"

Crossovers in comic books.

  • The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2020, celebrating 20 years since the comic was bought by Rebellion, had several stories in which a Rebellion-era character met a classic character (note that Long Runner Judge Dredd is in the latter category):
    • Dredd is assigned to Interdimensional Immigration, where he has to deal with Zombo.
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    • Shako awakens in the setting of "Kingdom", where he fights Them alongside Gene the Hackman.
    • A dimensional storm brings Blackhawk to Brit-Cit, where he meets Judge Storm from "Storm Warning".
    • Captain Dancer from "The Red Seas" describes the time his crew encountered the giant ants from "Ant Wars".
  • Angela was going to be a Spawn character who crossed over to the Marvel Universe in Age of Ultron, but Original Sin reveals she is Thor's long lost sister, retconning her to be part of the Marvel Universe from the beginning, seemingly ignoring any history tied to the world of Spawn.
  • The Deathmate crossover had Valiant Comics VH1 era characters crossing over with characters from the Image Comics imprints Extreme Studios and WildStorm.
  • Phil Foglio's graphic novel adaptation of Robert Asprin's Another Fine Myth features a Law Machine from his own Buck Godot: Zap Gun For Hire universe:
    Aahz: That was our introduction to... the Law Machine. We were all dimensional travelers... I haven't seen a Law Machine before or since.
  • Archie Comics is not afraid of this. The only real thing that defines the universes (excluding Sonic the Hedgehog and other licensed series) is different towns in America. The Archies performing alongside Josie and the Pussycats? Sure!
    • Sabrina, however, did cross over with Sonic the Hedgehog, in a two part-special that expanded both series.
    • Archie Meets the Punisher. Yes, really.
      • In fairness, the early 1990s Frank Castle was essentially a well-equipped assassin, not an amoral wholesale slaughtering machine leaving dozens of bloody corpses everywhere. And he not only engages in less violence here than in his usual missions of the time, but he even lets his target live. Still, the fact that everyone involved managed to pull it off at all, much less make a pretty good story, is downright amazing.
    • Tiny Titans meet Little Archie. Yes, really.
    • There was also a crossover of Archie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Here is a review of it, courtesy of Linkara.
    • The "Night at the Comic Book Shop" trade paperback had Archie deal with some old comic characters that Archie Comics punished.
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    • Archie Comics did a crossover between Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog from April to August 2013.
      • This proved so popular that they did another crossover between the two - as well as several other Sega and Capcom franchises - in 2015.
  • Ash from Evil Dead and Army of Darkness has crossed over with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Darkman, Friday the 13th, Hack/Slash, Marvel Zombies, Re-Animator, Red Sonja, Vampirella, The War of the Worlds, and Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • In fact, the sequel to Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, was in comic form due to plans falling through to make it into a movie. That itself got a sequel which included the Dream Warriors from the third Nightmare on Elm Street film (and a rather mean-spirited Take That! to Freddy's Dead).
  • IDW Comics has taken advantage of their licenses and has published "Assimilation Squared", a crossover between Star Trek: The Next Generation and Doctor Who, with the Borg and Cybermen as the villains. They even go back in time and have a crossover between the Fourth Doctor and Star Trek: The Original Series. And there was a planned crossover with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • Asterix in Belgium features a cameo appearance by Dupont and Dupond (or Thompson and Thomson if you prefer, although they're unnamed here anyway).
  • After the Howard the Duck movie, Marvel still kept making comics of the character. Later, Marvel asked the creator to make a crossover between Howard/Spider-Man while at the same time he was doing a Destroyer Duck/Savage Dragon with Image comics. To sum it up at the end a clone of Howard left with Spider-Man and the real escaped into the safe hands of Steve Gerber.
  • During the 1990s, there were two crossovers between Batman and The Punisher. The first took place during the Knightquest section of Knightfall and thus featured Azrael as Batman; at the start of KnightsEnd, Jean-Paul even namedrops Frank's archenemy Jigsaw as one of the villains he fought. The second is a sequel and takes place after Bruce returned as Batman and even sees Frank question Batman's sanity as a result of the costume change and "change" in fighting style.
  • In the 1990s, DC and Image published a crossover between Batman and Spawn. It's best remembered for completely rejecting the usual "meet, fight, become friends" routine found in most crossover comics. The two heroes hate each other for almost the entire story. At the end, Spawn wonders aloud whether they could try to be friends, and Batman responds by burying a batarang in Spawn's face. A second story featured another team-up that went better.
  • There were a couple of stories in which Batman teamed up with Spider-Man.
  • Batman & Captain America
  • Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW) crossed over in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Bongo Comics produced a mini-series called The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis. The first half is the Planet Express crew being sent into an issue of The Simpsons by the Brain Spawn. The second half is the residents of Springfield being pulled into New New York by one of Professor Farnsworth's inventions. And then it gets weird...
    • This lead to sequel crossover later on, before the official animated one on The Simpsons.
  • Cartoon Network has several crossovers in comic book form:
  • Catwoman crossed over with Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird. It was a one-shot where the first story was in the style of DC comics while the second story was in the style of the Warner Bros. cartoon.
  • Cyberforce has crossed over with Wild CATS Wild Storm, Freak Force, New Men, and others.
  • The Darkness crossed over with Batman. In his own series, Jackie still remembers this happening, with no explanation of how Batman exists in that universe.
  • Devil's Reign was a crossover between Marvel Comics and Top Cow characters including Witchblade, Weapon Zero, Cyblade, Ballistic and Cyberforce.
  • G.I. Joe and Transformers. While the TV show is limited to the "Old Snake" thing and the hologram of Marissa's dad (see Western Animation below), the comics have crossed over many, many times, even to the point of very important and far-reaching events in one starting in crossovers such as Cobra being the source of Megatron's tank body, and Bumblebee getting blown up real good and later repaired as his new Goldbug form - though if you're from the UK, you got a different Goldbug origin.
  • Ghost has crossed over with other Dark Horse Heroes, and has crossed over with The Shadow, Cassandra Cain, Hellboy, and The Mask.
  • Glory has crossed over with Avengelyne.
  • Gold Digger has characters cross over to and from Ben Dunn's Ninja High School frequently, even resulting in several Crisis Crossovers.
  • Green Lantern/Silver Surfer: Unholy Alliances crosses over Green Lantern and Silver Surfer versus Parallax, Thanos, and Cyborg Superman, who gets turned into a slab of metal and presumably gets better when returning to The DCU, but only if this crossover counts in continuity. Otherwise, Cyborg Superman is still a slab of metal.
  • In 2014, Dark Horse Comics published Groo the Wanderer versus Conan the Barbarian as a 4-issue series.
  • Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe, a crossover between Injustice and Masters of the Universe.
  • Invincible crossed over with Spider-Man in Marvel Team-Up #14 (vol. 3).
  • Various Image Comics titles (Invincible, Savage Dragon, Witchblade, etc.) occasionally cross over, but the editorial policy is that what happens in one title doesn't have to affect events in another. Each hero lives in his or her own unique universe that may or may not contain versions of the other heroes. For instance, Invincible's universe has a Savage Dragon and a Witchblade who are more or less the same as their counterparts in their own books and have roughly the same adventures, but what happens in Invincible's book stays there.
  • That is the main premise of the IDW comic Infestation: Outbreak, where a dimensional gate (which looks suspiciously like a Stargate) unleashes hordes of zombies from another world. Unlike other zombies from this world, these are guided by a single will, the Undermind. They are also somehow capable of infecting technology and other undead creatures. When an elite vampire squad is sent to deal with the situation, one of them, Britt, gets bitten and becomes a vampire/zombie hybrid. Britt uses artillica to open four more dimensional portals, through which the zombies and infected machines pour, along with parts of Britt herself. While the other vampires manage to shut down the portals, the threat has already spread to other worlds. These worlds are those of G.I. Joe (IDW), Star Trek, Transformers, and Ghostbusters. All these worlds now have to fight an infestation from a virulence they have not seen, infecting both man and machine.
    • Infestation 2 had the Elder Gods invade the IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Dungeons and Dragons, Bat Boy, 30 Days of Night, and the Transformers: Hearts of Steel universes by creating a rift through universes through H.P. Lovecraft's writings.
    • A January 2014 IDW comic also had The Ghostbusters being investigated by The Lone Gunmen from The X-Files.
  • José Carioca's universe is set in his home country of Brazil, but he's shown to be friends with Donald Duck in Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros (as well as the ride in the Mexican pavilion at Epcot). Thus, there are occasional crossovers between the Carioca universe and the McDuck Universe. Indeed, there has been a prolonged arc of stories where José visits Duckburg, and interacts with the various characters there.
  • The Incredible Hulk has crossed paths with Superman and Batman in separate issues.
  • Judge Dredd has had crossovers with Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, Batman, Aliens, and Predator among others. It even crossed over with its Spin Offs on two occasions.
  • Every so often, the Justice League and Justice Society team up and have a crossover. In the Bronze Age, it happened every year; nowadays, it's more like every three years or so.
  • De Kiekeboes and Urbanus had a crossover in the album Kiekebanus where they both swap houses. The album was made in collaboration with the artists themselves who each drew their characters in their art style, creating a bizarre contrast between the more realistic style of De Kiekeboes and the more cartoony style of Urbanus.
  • This was the entire premise of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen — graphic novels and movie both.
  • Friday the 13th and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre crossed over in Jason vs. Leatherface.
  • The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician have teamed up on a few occasions, and both were guests at each other's weddings.
  • Brazilian comic book Monica Teen (a Spin-Off of Monica's Gang) has already had official crossovers with Osamu Tezuka's most popular heroes (Princess Safiri, Astro and Kimba) and with the Justice League of America.
  • In Mortadelo y Filemón, its author will often introduce other characters created by him. Most hilariously there's a strip in which they met Zipi y Zape which ends with Zipi y Zape's creator and the Súper looking for Mortadelo y Filemón with a machine gun after they threw Zipi y Zape from the rooftop of a skscraper sick of their pranks
  • My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise!: Yes seriously, G1 Transformers crossed over with the G4 My Little Pony series.
  • Ninja High School and Speed Racer crossed over.
  • Ape Nation. Ape Nation.
  • The Pitiful Human Lizard and Captain Canuck, only they never cross paths, and the Human-Lizard doesn't even bother suiting up or trying to get his attention.
  • Robotech and Voltron cross over in Robotech/Voltron.
  • Slugger Slackers: The first major KGC Universe crossover between The Dynamite Twins and Friends and The Show Goes On. There have been a few attempts before.
  • Marvel's Squadron Supreme limited series (already itself a psuedo-Crossover, featuring a team of Captain Ersatzes from DC Comics) also had a one-issue Crossover with Captain America.
  • Spider-Man vs. Powdered Toast Man here.
  • Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds.
  • IDW's Star Trekvs Transformers is a crossover comic miniseries. Which sees the Generation One Autobots and Decepticons interact with characters from the 1970's Star Trek: TAS.
  • Socko Strong, an obscure Golden Age DC Comics character, has a very early example of a crossover. In Adventure Comics #45 (cover dated December 1939) the character Biff Bronson, who had his own feature in More Fun Comics, plays a small but important role in that issue's Socko Strong story. Both characters were created by Joseph Sulman, so it could have served as some self-promotion or as a nod to readers of both titles.
  • Supergirl and Green Lantern had a crossover in Red Daughter of Krypton, where Kara Zor-El becomes a Red Lantern.
  • Supergirl (1972) features a crossover with Prez (1973) where Supergirl has to save Prez Rickard's life.
  • Superman and Batman have been appearing in comics together since The Golden Age of Comic Books, and Wonder Woman joining in isn't rare, either. Generally they team up, though having them fight each other is always a good way to draw in readers. In Superman/Batman: Public Enemies:
    Superman: "We're surrounded, you know. I can hear them all."
    Batman: "I think we can take them. Do you think we can take them?"
    Superman: "You always think we can take them."
    Batman: "Yes, I do."
    Superman: "Then, let's do it."
    • If that counts, we may as well mention All Star Comics #3, the comic which created The DCU as a shared universe.
  • The Terrifics, a DC property, features the team interacting with Tom Strong and his stable of characters originally part of Creator/Wildstorm's America's Best Comics imprint, which is now owned by DC but had not been folded into the DCU until this book.
  • The Tintin comic The Seven Crystal Balls featured an appearance by Jo (it's brief, but he does introduce a plot point), from Hergé's other comic series Jo, Zette and Jocko.
  • The Ferret from The Ultraverse made a cameo in a fight with E. Honda in Street Fighter (Malibu Comics).
  • Transformers/Back to the Future, a crossover event between the Autobots and the time traveling heroes of Hill Valley.
  • Usagi Yojimbo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had several single-issue gag crossovers in their respective early runs, which culminated, several years later, in a volume of Usagi which centered on a village shaman summoning the Turtles to fight invading ninjas, and the Turtles' subsequent confusion at being landed in a medieval Japan inhabited by talking animals.
  • Magnus Robot Fighter, in addition to crossing over with other Valiant Comics heroes, crossed over with Nexus by Mike Baron and Steve Rude, and with Dark Horse's Predator comics.
  • The various Marvel–DC crossovers that have been published over the years, which imply the existence of a third timeline separate from the Marvel and DC continuities in which both exist alongside each other.
    • There was also the Amalgam Universe, itself spun off from Marvel Versus DC, which consists of heroes who merge traits of a hero from each universe. Examples are Iron Lantern (take a guess) and Darkclaw, who was Batman and Wolverine (!!!). However, the events of JLA/Avengers are taken as canon for both publishers in their mainstream universes.
  • Marvel Comics characters started showing up in The Ultraverse, including the Black Knight in Ultra Force, and a crossover with Rune and Conan the Barbarian, set in the Hyborian Age, bringing up the question of how such a history fits into either continuity. The Ultraverse was also revealed to have a seventh Infinity Gem.
  • The Mask crossed over with The Joker.
  • The Milestone Comics Dakotaverse crossed over with DC Comics in Worlds Collide, and became part of The DCU after Final Crisis.
  • Power Rangers:
  • RWBY/Justice League sees the cast of RWBY meet a Remnant-based version of the Justice League of America.
  • The very first superhero crossover was a battle between the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner in Marvel Mystery Comics #8 and #9 (1940). This is the beginning of the Marvel Universe.
    • Actually, the Shield and the Wizard at MLJ met earlier. The Wizard had learned of an impending attack on Pearl Harbor and contacted the Shield. They spent the next few issues fighting the same enemies (the Soviet/Nazi proxies called Moskovians), occasionally crossing paths for a panel or three.
  • Warrior Nun Areala crossed over with Gold Digger (also owned by Antarctic Press), with Glory and Avengelyne (both properties of Image Comics), and Razor (created by Everette Hartsoe of London Night Studios). The characters of Warrior Nun Areala were also featured in the 2012 "War of the Independents" mini-series event by Red Anvil Comics.
  • In the German comic Werner: Dex & Dogfort appear in Volle Latte!, drawn by Jörg Reymann himself. In retour, Werner appears in the third Dex & Dogfort book, Schlachthofgiganten.
    • In the story about Wilhelm Busch's 150th birthday at the end of Alles klar?, Werner and Wilhelm Bush let loose his characters from Max and Moritz because they find the celebration boring.
  • Marvel's What If? series threw in a few of these over the years, notably stories in which Conan the Barbarian fought Captain America (narrow win for Conan) and Wolverine (Conan wins the first round, Wolverine regenerates and pushes Conan through a portal to the future, where he destroys the universe by throwing a rock at Cyclops' head).
  • RoboCop Versus the Terminator is a crossover between Robocop and Terminator. There was also a video game.
  • The Spawn-spinoff Sam and Twitch has crossed over with Jinx.
  • In Wild CATS Wild Storm / Aliens, the xenomorphs end up destroying Stormwatch. This leads into The Authority, making it one of the few crossovers with real effects.
    • Planetary had a compilation of three crossovers, one of which was with the Authority; unusually, the two teams never actually met and the Authority were completely unaware of Planetary's role in handling the same crisis. The second was an Elseworld pitting alternate versions of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman against their universe's villainous version of Planetary, while the third had the canon team encounter several different versions of Batman, including the versions from the 60's TV show and The Dark Knight Returns.
  • Wild CATS Wild Storm and X-Men crossoved over in WildC.A.T.S/X-Men The Golden Age, The Silver Age, The Modern Age, and The Dark Age.
  • Some crossovers Linkara has reviewed are Star Trek and X-Men, Eminem and The Punisher, and Superman and the Quik Bunny.
  • Once during the 70s, Wonder Woman (during her infamous white cat-suit era) shared an adventure with Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
  • Shi has crossed over with many other comics characters, such as Grifter, CyberForce's Cyblade (in a crossover that even featured appearances by Cerebus, Milk & Cheese, and HellBoy among many others), Daredevil, and Wolverine.
  • Spider-Man Team-Up #5 and Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck were created as an unofficial Howard the Duck crossover.
  • Star Trek/Green Lantern serves as one between the Kelvin Timeline and the characters of Green Lantern, who wind up stranded in that universe when theirs is destroyed by a second Blackest Night.
  • Superman has had crossovers with almost everyone, as shown here. They include Terminator, Alien, Predator, Bugs Bunny, He-Man, etc.
  • The Valiant Comics Unity 2000 mini-series was going to cross over and merge the VH1 and VH2 universes, but the mini-series was Cut Short before its resolution.
  • The WildStorm universe became part of The DCU in 52. Another version existed in New 52. "The Wild Storm" will introduce a third reboot tied to DC Comics.
  • Witchblade has crossed over with other Top Cow series, most notably The Darkness. Also with the Tomb Raider comics.
    • In issue #92, Sara goes on a vision quest through the lives of past wielders of the Witchblade. The final "wielder" she encounters is the goddess Dawn, who claims to be Sara's mother ("I'm mother to you and so many others...").
    • Overkill is a crossover between Witchblade, The Darkness, Alien, and Predator.
    • Unusual for comic book crossovers, the events of the Witchblade, The Darkness, and Marvel crossover Unholy Union are apparently canon, at least in the Top Cow universe. (Dani refers to it in passing during First Born.)
    • Witchblade and Red Sonja meet in Witchblade / Red Sonja.
  • World War 3 was a Fifth Week Event crossover, running through Fantastic Four #13, The Avengers #13, Iron Man #13, and Captain America #13, that saw the WildStorm heroes teaming up with the Heroes Reborn versions of Marvel characters.
  • X-O Manowar/Iron Man and Iron Man/X-O Manowar had The Avengers characters crossing over with Valiant Comics VH2 era characters. The Iron Man in this story is Teen Tony, Iron Boy, introduced after "The Crossing" storyline. There was also a video game.
  • Vampirella once had a crossover with another comic book bad girl, Lady Death.
  • "Apokolips...Now" was a 1982 tale with the Teen Titans and the X-Men. Their task was to disable a device Darkseid has developed to tap into Phoenix's residual energy. Deathstroke the Terminator is thrown in as well.
  • The Ewoks comic book had a two-part crossover with the comic book tie-in to Droids, part one occurring in the fourth issue of the Droids comic and part two occurring in the tenth issue of the Ewoks comic. The premise involved C-3PO and R2-D2 babysitting an alien prince and the three ending up on Endor after falling through a time vortex.

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