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Superhero Cross-over Events

One of the most exciting things that can happen in a comic book series is a cross-over with other books. Whether it’s a simple fight like Superman vs. Batman or a cataclysmic event that changes the history of the series, these collections never fail to impress. We’ve collected some of the most famous cross-over storylines with brief introductions to them all.

House of M
House of M

#5: House of M (Marvel)

The Scarlet Witch, daughter of Magneto and ultra-powerful world-warper, begins to lose her mind. The world is changed by her abilities, but none of the heroes remember except for Wolverine. When the world finally returns to normal, the number of mutants – again thanks to Scarlet Witch’s powers – drops from millions to a few hundred. This series eventually leads to our number three.

#4: 52 (DC)

Published at the astounding pace of once a week, this series deals with the DC universe after the retirement and disappearance of the big three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It takes us through a year of this version of the DC world, following the lives and challenges of the DC B team, including the Elongated Man, Batgirl, and Booster Gold, culminating in the World War III event.

#3: Avengers vs. X-Men (Marvel)

While mixed critically, this event received great commercial success, and is the culmination of a long group of events, including “House of M” above. A long battle between two sides of the Marvel universe, this series worked to reverse the events of House of M, and help move several groups into the larger Marvel continuity!

#2: Civil War (Marvel)

After the U.S. passes a Superhero Registration Act to move superheroes to act under government employment, the superhero community is split down the middle: Iron Man leads the side in support of the act, Captain America champions the side against the Act, and several, including Spider-Man, are caught in the middle.

Crisis on Infinite Earths
Crisis on Infinite Earths

#1: Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC)

Perhaps the ultimate crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths is the dividing point between what is now known as the two halves of the continuity (those being “pre-crisis” and “post-crisis”). It depicts the concept of the multiverse in the DC universe, merges these worlds, and helps to smooth out the numerous and confusing storylines that were present in the DC universe, since many of those storylines – from different comic books – tell differing stories about shared characters.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this small explanation of some of the different cross-over stories, and we hope you’ll come back for more cool superhero information soon!

Bonus: Archie meets the Punisher

Archie Meets The Punisher
You thought we were joking

DC vs. Marvel Battle

The greatest fight of them all is about to begin! The four biggest Marvel and DC characters are meeting in a field of battle, and only one company will come out the victor! But which one will it be?

Let’s take a look at each fighter, and how well they stack up against one another. First up is DC.

Superman:

The original hero is DC’s ringer, and the deciding force in any battle. Super speed, super strength, flight, invincibility . . . you name it, Superman has it. He has all the strengths, and only one weakness, which will nonetheless be important in this battle.

Batman:

The world’s greatest detective is the only member on this list without super-human abilities, but he has plenty to make up for it, including incredible martial arts abilities, high-tech gadgets, and information about each combatant.

Wonder Woman:

A female equivalent to Superman, Wonder Woman has it all: strength, speed, flight, stamina, even some stranger abilities such as empathy, animal communication, and dimensional teleportation. Her threshold for pain isn’t as much as Superman’s but still easily super-human.

Green Lantern:

A hero with a unique ability, Green Lantern has the power to create anything he wills with his ring, including weapons, defenses, and any other utilities. He also has the power to fly, is a powerful boxer, and possesses an indomitable will.

Now on to Marvel.

Marvel vs. DC
Iron Man vs Batman

Spider-Man:

New York’s friendly neighborhood web crawler, Spider-Man has powers of the common house spider proportional to his size, including great strength, speed, agility, and more. He also has a “spider-sense” used to detect incoming dangers, and can shoot sticky webs from his wrists.

Wolverine:

Born with a regenerative healing factor and born claws on both hands, Wolverine was given an adamantium skeleton during a secret government project. These three things combine to make him a strong, almost unkillable weapon.

Iron Man:

Tony’s powers come purely from his suit of armor, which grants him a number of abilities: strength, speed, flight, energy shields, laser beams, and a number of other offensive weapons such as rockets and more. His great intellect, powered by the node in his chest, and fast funds are hidden weapons that will be critical in this fight.

Thor:

Perhaps the strongest of all Marvel heroes, Thor’s list of feats is dense. His superhuman strength is enough to tip the scales, but he possesses much more, including invulnerability to energy blasts, weighted impacts, and other forces, extreme speed, and more. Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer, is his greatest advantage, giving his attacks even more power, as well as innumerable other advantages.

The Battle:

Marvel vs Dc
Thor vs Superman

The battle lines have been drawn, and we’re ready to begin! Thor lines up against Superman, Wolverine pairs off against Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Batman are trying to decide who’s richer, and Spider-Man and Green Lantern are already fighting somewhere in the city. Will the DC squad’s power advantage force the win, or will Marvel’s greater utility give them an edge?

In the battle between Thor and Superman, neither has the obvious advantage, as both are cosmically-strong heroes whose power rises with every issue. Both are nearly indestructible; it’s a battle of super-detrition. Wolverine’s fight against Wonder Woman, on the other, hand, would be faster. Wolverine’s claws could do damage to Wonder Woman unless she deflects them with her bracelets. Wonder Woman is much faster, but could be thrown off-balance by Wolverine’s fury.

Batman against Iron Man may be the only battle where the strength level factors heavily in Marvel’s direction. Batman is strong and well-prepared, but doesn’t have the power of Iron Man’s suit. Both men are highly intelligent and possess incredible tactical skill, and will surely have prepared for this battle. Spider-Man and Green Lantern are at odds with each other; one has agility and strength, the other has the ability to literally create anything, and flight. This battle will be a test of skill and adaptability at the speed of thought.

Could Iron Man have a shard of Kryptonite? Can Wolverine get past Wonder Woman’s defenses? Can Green Lantern squash spidey? Which of these two teams will come out victorious? Tell us what you think!

Nick Fury Character Corner

Ever wanted to know more about some of the superheroes you sometimes see on movie screens, television, or comic books? Every once in a while, we’ll take a look at the history of a classic or new character, and this week we’re looking at Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Original History

Nicholas Joseph Fury grew up in depression-era New York City and enlisted in the army in 1941. He led the “Howling Commandos” and fought alongside war heroes such as Captain America and Bucky, and met Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four during this time. He incurred an injury to his left eye, and a land mine accident that led him to being inoculated with the Infinity Formula, an elixir that slowed his aging.

Original Nick Fury
Original Nick Fury

Fury stayed in the army after the end of World War II, eventually joining the C.I.A. He saw action in the Korean war, recruited Richard Parker (Spider-Man’s father) into the C.I.A., and met Howard Stark. He became director of S.H.I.E.L.D., serving for many years. Fury fought against all manner of villains, including Hydra, Loki, the group Zodiac, and even Godzilla. The majority of published stories deal with Fury during this time in his life.

After a lifetime of trying to protect Earth from dangers Fury killed a Watcher, an immortal being that watches over the universe, and took an eye from him, intending to use it to reveal the identities of criminals. With the Infinity formula now lacking from his blood, he told a group of assembled heroes that he needed a replacement to help protect Earth. The heroes, angered by him taking the Watcher’s eyes, attacked. He found the Watcher’s second eye and repelled them. Fury confronted Midas, and overloaded him using the Watcher’s eyes, killing himself as well in the process. After his death, he was turned into a silent observer of Earth, the Unseen.

Other Versions

The version of Nick Fury that appears in the Marvel movie series, portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson (as well as being based on his appearance), is an alternate version from a different universe. Many details are different in the Ultimate Comic series he appears in, including how he lost his eye: it was cut by wolverine while Fury transported him in Iraq. He also acquires the super soldier serum that is used on Captain America, granting him strength, speed, agility, stamina, healing, disease immunity, and enhanced brain function.

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Comic Nick Fury
Comic Nick Fury from universe 1610

We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the Character Corner, featuring S.H.I.E.L.D.’s greatest secret agent, Nick Fury! Come back soon for more fun information and trivia.

Top Nine Superheroes

Who has the most power? Who would win in a fight? We don’t know. Instead of answering those questions, today we’re simply going to count down the most popular superheroes, as well as reveal information about each, and a fun fact!

Super Heroes

#9: Thor

Thor, the God of Thunder, first appeared in August of 1962; Thor was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby –who would also create Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, and many more. Mainly fighting his adopted brother Loki, a mythological trickster god, and the ice giants, Thor’s powers stem mostly from his enchanted hammer Mjollnir (Myol-neer), but he also has great strength, durability, and speed.

Fun fact: Thor spent several issues as a frog due to Loki’s magic. He left a shard of Mjollnir behind for the frog Puddlegulp, who became known as Throg.

#8: Captain America

Designed as a patriotic hero to fight the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America’s original run ended in 1950, and was revived (literally, in the context of the story) in 1964. Super-soldier serum and an indestructible shield are his main weapons. He was the leader of the S.H.I.E.L.D for a time, as well as many more teams of superheroes.

Fun fact: For a small amount of time around Watergate, Steve Rogers abandoned the Captain America identity, calling himself Nomad.

#7: Hulk

The Hulk was first published in May of 1962. The character is essentially a combination of Frankenstein’s monster, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Hulk’s powers seem to grow stronger the angrier he gets, and is in fact the trigger for his transformation from mild-mannered Bruce Banner to the Incredible Hulk.

Fun fact: The Hulk was original gray, and not just because it was printed in black and white

#6: Iron Man

Making his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (March 1963), Tony Stark is forced to save his own life after being kidnapped by terrorists. Making his own flying, armored suit, he adopts the moniker Iron man. The movie Iron Man was a critical success, and is responsible for the current Marvel movies.

Fun fact: Before Robert Downey Jr. was chosen to portray Tony Stark, both Tom Cruise and Nicolas Cage expressed interest.

#5: Wonder Woman

First seen in January 1942, Wonder Woman was one of the very first female superheroes ever published. She possesses a wide range of superhuman abilities, as well as indestructible bracelets, a projectile tiara, and a lasso that forces those inside to tell the truth. Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the live-action Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Fun fact: William Moulton Marston, the psychologist and writer that created Wonder Woman, also invented the Polygraph machine.

#4: Wolverine

Introduced in 1974 to the original X-Men characters, Wolverine quickly became the most popular, due to his unknown origin, exciting powers, and uneven disposition. With extendable claws and a potent healing factor, Wolverine is one of the strongest fighters in the Marvel universe.

Fun fact: Wolverine’s first appearance was an issue of the Incredible Hulk.

#3: Spider-Man

Another creation by Stan Lee, Spider-Man is undoubtedly the most popular Marvel character. After a radioactive spider bites student Peter Parker, he gains strength, agility, clinging ability, and spider-sense, along with web-shooters of his own creation. Spider-Man became famous due to its ability to connect with young readers using its themes of self-obsessions with rejection, inadequacy, and loneliness.

Fun fact: Peter Parker was not the first Spider-Man! In October of 1961, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby wrote a story about a radioactive spider that gains human-like intelligence and grows to an immense size. It was killed at the end of the story.

#2: Superman

Born on Krypton and sent to Earth, Superman was adopted by a Kansas farming couple. The grand-daddy of superheroes, Superman first graced the comic page in 1933 as a newspaper cartoon written by high school students in Cleveland, Ohio. Supes’ first comic book appearance was in 1938. For nearly eighty years, Superman has been the most well-known superhero in the world.

Fun fact: In the original comic strip, Superman couldn’t fly. He could merely jump.

#1: Batman

Batman first appeared in 1939, and his story has never differed. A genius inventor, detective, and martial artist, Bruce Wayne possesses no superhuman abilities, simply the unending drive to stop evil in the city of Gotham. The character has intrigued psychiatrists; they have attempted to understand the character’s psyche as portrayed through the various media.

Fun fact: When Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice debuts, Batman will have been portrayed by nine actors in television and movies.

Batman

Do you think we’ve snubbed a hero? Don’t like the order? Let us know!