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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Crossover Craze
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Crossover Craze

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Taliesin Jaffe, Matt Key, and Amy Dallen were joined by Nerdist’s Dan Casey to chat about just some of the mind-blowing crossovers and cross-universe team-ups to grace the pages of your favorite comics.

Comic books are prime material for the eternal question, “Who would win in a fight?” Or, as Taliesin puts it, the literary equivalent of making your two favorite action figures from wildly different universes duke it out to declare a winner.

Comic book crossovers between major publishers, both official and unofficial, have been around since the Golden Age. One of the most memorable was a team-up between DC Comics and Marvel Comics in the 1990s to save the failing comic book industry. The two companies’ biggest heroes combined forces—literally—in the “amalgam” crossover event, creating characters like “Doctor Strangefate” (Doctor Strange and Doctor Fate) and “Darkclaw” (Wolverine and Batman).

“One of the things that’s always fascinating about these stories is the notion of recontextualization,” said Taliesin, “the idea of […] how do you find two incongruous ideas and put them in the same story together, something like Archie Versus Punisher.”

“All the answers to that question are interesting,” agreed Amy.

Most classic crossover books, like the Amalgam Comics stories, can be difficult to find now, but there are many amazing crossovers between your favorite pop culture characters still happening today. And The Wednesday Club is here to tell you about their favorites!

Take a look at the gallery below for specific recommendations from the episode.

Other crazy crossovers like Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man, Archie Meets the Punisher, Archie Versus Predator, DC Meets Hanna-Barbera, Conan Meets Groo, Scooby Doo Team-Up, Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica, and Star Trek Versus Transformers can also be found in the pages of comic books, and Matt, Taliesin, Amy, and Dan chatted about them all.

For more details on the real-life rivalry between comic’s two biggest publishers, Matt Key recommended the non-fiction book Slugfest by Reed Tucker.

THE DAILY WEDNESDAY

Did you know The Wednesday Club has their own letters column with questions and comments from viewers? Send in your thoughts, comic recommendations, questions, and more to Matt, Amy, and Taliesin at [email protected] and you might just see yourself on the next episode.

Please mark your message “OK to read on air” so the hosts know what you’re comfortable with sharing.

COMIXOLOGY ORIGINALS

The Wednesday Club is proud to announce the sponsorship of comiXology Originals! ComiXology’s new digital series highlight talented creators and their unique books, and you can read them for free if you have comiXology Unlimited. This week, the hosts highlighted Ask For Mercy by Richard Starkings and Abigail Jill Harding.

ask-for-mercy

Fantasy, horror, and a World War II era setting all set the tone for this action-packed miniseries. “[The art] really is beautiful,” said Matt.

GET MORE COMIC GOODNESS!

Hang out on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha every Wednesday night to catch the next spectacular episode of The Wednesday Club.

Featured Image: DC Comics / IDW Comics

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