[Editor's Note: March kicks off a season of big-time showdowns, grudge matches and maybe a few team-ups. Infamous as the month when Brutus betrayed Caesar, March will get even more epic because Batman will take on Superman on the big screen, Daredevil will get company in Hell's Kitchen in the form of The Punisher on Netflix, and The Flash shall race on over to CBS to meet Supergirl. And, of course, just a few weeks after this kickoff, we'll see a breakdown in the friendship between Captain America and Iron Man in Marvel's Civil War movie. Because we love seeing a good battle between titans, we've dedicated March to versus. Over the next four weeks, check this space for stories on title fights in superhero stories, horror, science and more!]
It is "Vs. Month" here at Blastr, and that means we're all talking about various forms of sci-fi competition, which will almost always lead us back to the "Who would win a fight?" super hero vs. super hero question. It's a time-honored query celebrated everywhere from comic book forums to school cafeterias, and in the mid-'90s, Marvel and DC Comics actually teamed up to settle it with the DC vs. Marvel crossover event. It wasn't the first time the two publishers met (Spider-Man and Superman fought as early as 1976), nor would it be the last (the Justice League and The Avengers united against a common foe in the early 2000s), but it just might be the most fun.
The conceit was simple: There are two cosmic "Brothers," one representing the DC Universe and one representing the Marvel Universe, who wake from a long slumber and become aware of each other. They decide that there can be only one universe, and that the way to determine which universe survives is to designate a series of champions. Whichever universe emerges with the most victorious champions will be the universe that survives.
So, heroes meet. Batman fights Captain America. Superman fights the Hulk. Storm fights Wonder Woman. The heroes, often aware that they're pawns in a massive cosmic game, aren't always happy to be fighting each other, but they do it anyway for the sake of their very existence. In the end, the whole idea was a launching pad for the "Amalgam" crossover universe -- which included things like Darkclaw, aka Batman meets Wolverine -- but while this crossover lasted, it gave us an insight into who writers and fans (who voted on a number of the battles) thought would win in an ultimate showdown.
To continue our Vs. Month coverage, I took a look back at the battles of DC vs. Marvel to remember who won and to wonder how many of the contests still hold up.