Amalgam Comics was a metafictional American comic book publisher, and part of a collaboration between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters to create new ones (e.g. DC Comics' Batman and Marvel's Wolverine became the Amalgam character Dark Claw). These characters first appeared in a series of twelve comic books which were published in 1996, following the Marvel vs DC miniseries. A second set (of another twelve comic books) followed a year later.
The two comic universes came together when the incarnations of their respective universes (referred to as "the Brothers") became aware of each other after aeons of slumber. To prevent the Brothers from destroying each other, characters from each universe battled to determine which universe would survive; several of the matches were determined by online voting. Access, a character created for the event (co-owned by Marvel and DC), served as a gate keeper who became stuck between traveling through both Universes.
When the fights concluded (including controversial victories by Wolverine and Storm over Lobo and Wonder Woman, respectively), neither universe was willing to go. To prevent total destruction, The Spectre and the Living Tribunal created a merged universe, in which only Axel Asher and Doctor Strangefate knew the truth. Each struggled against the other to reverse or preserve the change.
Eventually, Axel Asher, now called Access, managed to separate the Brothers with the help of Amalgam's heroes; before the merge had taken place, he had planted 'shards' of the universe in Batman and Captain America, and, once he discovered Dark Claw and Super-Soldier, he used those shards to give the Spectre and the Tribunal the power to restore the universes. Batman, Captain America and Access were thus able to make the Brothers realize that their conflict was pointless, and all went back to normal.
For two months, Marvel and DC published Amalgam Comics. During the publication of Amalgam Comics, the companies treated it as if it had always existed, giving it a fictional history stretching back to the Golden Age of Comics, as well as retcons and reboots, such as the Secret Crisis of the Infinity Hour (an amalgam of Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Infinity Gauntlet and Zero Hour), including an Amalgam version of the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, with Super-Soldier holding his sidekick's body.
Amalgam One-Shots - First Series
The various Amalgam one-shots printed in April of 1996.
- Bruce Wayne: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Bullets and Bracelets
- Doctor Strangefate
- Legend of the Dark Claw
- Magneto and The Magnetic Men
- Speed Demon
Amalgam One-Shots - Second Series
Here are a list of the various Amalgam one-shots printed in June of 1997.
- Challengers of the Fantastic
- Dark Claw Adventures
- The Exciting X-Patrol
- Generation Hex
- Iron Lantern
- JLX Unleashed
- Lobo the Duck
- Magnetic Men: Featuring Magneto
- Spider-Boy Team-Up
- Super-Soldier: Man of War
- Thorion of the New Asgods