The first Amalgam event occurred near the end of the Marvel vs. DC crossover event in 1996. The first twelve Amalgam titles were released in a single week, temporarily replacing both publishers' regular releases. Half the comics in the event were published by Marvel and half by DC. A year later, the stunt was repeated, but without the crossover as background. Later, both publishers collected their issues into trade paperback collections.
In the 24 Amalgam Comics printed, one-third of those printed included letter-columns by fictitious fans to give a larger background to the stories and to help give hints of what might happen in the next issue. The "fans'" hometowns were usually fusions of existing American cities.
- 1 1996 - DC Comics
- 2 1996 - Marvel Comics
- 3 1997 - DC Comics
- 4 1997 - Marvel Comics
1996 - DC Comics
Amazon was the title of a one-shot comic book published under the Amalgam Comics imprint, and is also the name used to refer to the story's star, Princess Ororo of Themiscyra, who was the Amalgam version of the superheroine Wonder Woman of DC Comics and Storm of Marvel Comics.
Assassins #1, written by Dan Chichester and illustrated by Scott McDaniel, combines characters from Daredevil and the Batman family books. Its main characters are the two assassins Catsai (Elektra and Catwoman) and Dare The Terminator (Daredevil and Deathstroke), who team up to take on the Big Question (Kingpin and Riddler).
Dr. Strangefate, written by Ron Marz with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Kevin Nowlan. A powerful mystic created from a combination of Marvel's Dr. Strange and Charles Xavier, and DC's Dr. Fate. His comic also featured the character Access and highlights his adventures in between issues of the Marvel vs. DC miniseries.
- NOTE: This book was also reprinted in the DC vs. Marvel trade paperback due to its part in the overall story.
JLX, written by Gerard Jones and Mark Waid, with art by Howard Porter and John Dell. Those members of the Judgement League Avengers (Justice League and Avengers) whose powers are mutant in origin turn against their teammates and, forming their own team, leave to find Atlantis. The JLX returned in another title in the 1997 series of Amalgam comics.
Legends Of the Dark Claw
Legends Of the Dark Claw, written by Larry Hama with art by Jim Balent and Ray McCarthy. Dark Claw (Wolverine and Batman) and Sparrow (Jubilee and Robin) take on Hyena (Sabretooth and Joker). Dark Claw returned in another title in 1997.
Super Soldier #1 was written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. It stars the Super-Soldier (an amalgam of Superman and Captain America), who fights the Green Skull (a combination of Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor and Captain America's Red Skull) and his robot Ultra-Metallo (Ultron and Metallo).
The character also appeared in JLX as a member of the JLA, and also appeared a year later in Super Soldier: Man Of War and as part of the Judgment League Avengers (a combination of the Justice League and the Avengers) in JLX Unleashed. Along with Dark Claw, he is considered one of the central characters in the Amalgam Universe.
1996 - Marvel Comics
Bruce Wayne, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D
Bruce Wayne, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D, written by Chuck Dixon and with art by Cary Nord and Mark Pennington, this title re-imagines Bruce Wayne as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (like the Marvel character Nick Fury), joined by a number of characters each based on either a Batman or Nick Fury supporting character or villain, such as Moonwing (Nightwing and Moon Knight).
Bullets & Bracelets
Bullets & Bracelets #1 was published in April 1996, written by John Ostrander and illustrated by Gary Frank. It stars Diana Prince (the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and foster sister of Princess Ororo, herself an amalgam of DC's Wonder Woman and Marvel's Elektra) and Trevor Castle (an amalgam of Marvel's Punisher Frank Castle and DC's Steve Trevor) who fight Thanoseid (an amalgam of DC's Darkseid and Marvel's Thanos). It is later explained that the two are the parents of the New God Kanto.
Magneto & the Magnetic Men
Magneto & the Magnetic Men, writing by Gerard Jones and art by Jeff Matsuda and Art Thibert. The story concerns the Amalgam version of Magneto accompanied by the Brotherhood of Mutants as magnetic versions of the Metal Men. Together they face Magneto's brother who is a version of DC's Dr. Will Magnus. These characters returned with another title in 1997.
- Spider-Boy, writing and art by Karl Kesel, Mike Wieringo and Gary Martin. A combination of Spider-Man and Superboy, he is a clone whose gravity powers enable him to mimic the wall-crawling abilities of a spider. This character returned in another Spider-Boy title in 1997.
X-Patrol, a combination of Marvel's X-Force and DC's Doom Patrol. The group is brought together by mysterious cyborg time-traveller Niles Cable, a combination of X-Force founder Cable and Doom Patrol founder Dr. Niles Caulder, to alter history and prevent the apocalyptic future in which he was born. Their first mission is to thwart a scheme by Doctor Doomsday (a combination of Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom and Superman villain Doomsday), who has discovered the existence of the Marvel and DC Universes and intends to draw their heroes and villains into the Amalgam Universe for use as his minions. At the end of the mission, Niles Cable is surprised to realize that something has happened that his knowledge of the future did not prepare him for: he has received a spinal injury that renders him paraplegic (just as Niles Caulder of the Doom Patrol was).
1997 - DC Comics
Dark Claw Adventures
Dark Claw Adventures, writing and art by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett. The "Animated Series" version of the Dark Claw comic, with an art style that mirrored Batman: The Animated Series and a title that referenced the Batman Adventures comic. The Dark Claw Animated Series is said to be created by "Bruce Dini" and "Paul Timm" (Reversal of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini).
Generation Hex, a combination of Marvel's Generation X and DC's western comic Jonah Hex as well as an assortment of other western titles. The protagonists struggle to stay ahead of and survive a large group of steam-driven robots dedicated to killing them all. The main character, Jono, also confronts bad memories, recalling how a small town they are now nearby did not help his family when needed. Written by Peter Milligan with art by Adam Pollina.
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Super Soldier : Man Of War
Super Soldier : Man Of War, story and art by Dave Gibbons, Mark Waid and Jimmy Palmiotti. This comic presented Super Soldier in the style of Golden Age WWII comics.
1997 - Marvel Comics
Challengers of the Fantastic
Challengers of the Fantastic, written by Karl Kesel with art by Tom Grummett and Al Vey. This title was a fusion of Marvel's Fantastic Four and DC's Challengers of the Unknown. The members were scientist Reed "Prof" Richards, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Susan "Ace" Storm, her daredevil brother Johnny "Red" Storm and fighting senator Ben "Rocky" Grimm. Their enemies included Doctor Doomsday (Doctor Doom and Doomsday) and Galactiac (Galactus and Brainiac).
Exciting X-Patrol, the second outing of the X-Patrol, written by Barbara Kesel with art by Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary. The team fought against Brother Brood, based on Marvel's Brood and DC's Brother Blood. This comic was dedicated to the memory of Mark Gruenwald, who had died one year previously from a heart attack.
Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto
Magnetic Men Featuring Magneto, written by Tom Peyer with art by Barry Kitson and Dan Panosian. The book also features Mister Mastermind (Mastermind and Mister Mind), Quasimodox (Quasimodo and Vril Dox II), Chemodam (Chemo and MODAM) and the Sinister Society (Sinister Six and Secret Society of Super Villains), representing various special metals from both universes; the members and their associated metals include: Kultron (Kobra and Ultron—Adamantium), Soniklaw (Sonar and Klaw—Vibranium), Black Vulture (Black Condor and Vulture—Nth Metal), Deathborg (Deathlok and Cyborg—Promethium), Vance Cosmic (Vance Astro and [[[w:c:dc:Cosmic Boy|Cosmic Boy]]—Inertron).
Spider-Boy Team-Up, written by "R.K. Sternsel" (an amalgam of the names of Roger Stern and Karl Kesel) with art by Ladronn and Juan Vlasco. The second outing of Spider-Boy. The title is based on Marvel Team-Up, which frequently featured Spider-Man. In this comic, Spider-Boy teams up with characters based on Marvel and DC comics based in the far future and/or outer space, including DC's Legion of Super-Heroes and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and 2099-era heroes, creating the 'Legion of Galactic Guardians 2099'.