Now, most comic fans know that Spider-Man lives in the Marvel Universe as published by Marvel Comics, and Batman in the DC Universe published by DC Comics.
Now, with this past week’s column, we showed the movie split as to why the Amazing Spider-Man wouldn’t be in Avengers’ movies, and yes, Batman won’t be in any of them, either.
Still, wouldn’t Batman teaming up with any of the modern Marvel movie stars be an incredible, amazing thing?
But, that doesn’t mean these two recent movie stars haven’t crossed paths….as evidenced by these comics! Starting off with a couple of meetings with Spider-Man…
Swinging With Spidey
In this issue, they faced off against two of their crazier foes with “Disordered Minds”, Carnage for Spider-Man, and Joker for the Batman. A nice little team-up, but a little lacking in real substance, as Carnage was just a little too new of a character to match up well with the Joker (though they matched well by both being crazy! In fact, it was attempting to cure the Joker and Carnage that got them to team-up. I don’t think it is a spoiler to say it didn’t work out so well…).
This story was also written by J.M. DeMatteis, with artist Graham Nolan. Kingpin and Ra’s Al Ghul are the drivers of the plot here, both manipulating as only they can, and even involve the women in their life, Kingpin’s ever-ailing wife, Vanessa and Ra’s daughter and sometime co-conspirator (as well as romantic distraction for the Detective), Talia.
All of this led to a stronger team-up, and they end up as allies to save the world from one of Ra’s plans to end it all with a “New Age Dawning”! All this, and a little more Batman/Spider-Man interaction as well.
But, the battle isn’t over for the the dark knight detective…no, he has more marvelous journeys to follow…
Meeting The Man Without Fear
Batman met up with Spider-Man’s fellow New Yorker, Daredevil for a few team-ups as well. First time around was in Daredevil and Batman #1 (January 1997) in a story by D. G. Chichester, and art by Scott McDaniel.
Batman chases his foe, Two-Face, and DD’s foe, Mr. Hyde, to New York…and of course, the two crimefighters face off as well. Most annoying thing…is that Two-Face is upset to be in the first meeting of these two urban crimefighters, so upset, he wants “An Eye For An Eye”! Seems more than Batman’s life hangs by the flip of a coin…
Kingpin seemed to learn a little about manipulation from Ra’s Al Ghul, as he also used the feline Catwoman to distract Batman. And, how would the Man Without Fear fare against fear gas? Hey, it means Daredevil will get a trip to Batman’s Batcave, at least! And, the second team-up, Batman and Daredevil interact a little more on a personal level…
Not only did Batman meet Spider-Man and Daredevil, but he encountered a slightly more violent villain, the Punisher as well.
This was the first DC/Marvel team-up since they stopped after the Uncanny X-Men and New Teen Titans team-up of 1982 due to difficulties that had arisen between Marvel Comics and DC Comics while working on the original Justice League of America and Avengers first meeting (that only took place decades later…). And, the title characters battled first, before working together against their common foes.
No new villains, as it was still a battle against the Joker and Jigsaw (why mess with a good team, right? Still, new villains usually spice up the mix a little), but it was the more familiar Batman at this point, dealing with the ultra-violent, gun-toting Frank Castle as the Punisher.
And, the more by-the-book Batman had more trouble with the Punisher and his use of guns on criminals as well….
After all that grief, dealing with a hero who acts more like a villain, Batman got a break, working with the star-spangled Avenger, Captain America.
War With The Star-Spangled Avenger
Things played out for Captain America at the end of the war as they have before…but, slightly differently!
A sequel to this would have been very appreciated, but it was not to be.
Still, one of the best team-ups Batman had with a Marvel character, was his very first, and that happened when Bruce Wayne’s alter ego crossed paths with a certain gamma-irradiated scientist, the Hulk.
Don't Make Me Angry
But that’s a tale for another time!