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11 Times Horror Franchises Crossed Over With Superhero Comics

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There may not be as many horror movie crossovers as fans would like, but iconic monsters often pop up in other media. From Dracula to Frankenstein's monster, from Xenomorphs to Predators, classic horror franchises have a habit of rubbing shoulders with superheroes in the comic book world.

The list of superhero/horror crossover comics is surprisingly long, with key figures like Godzilla and Freddy Krueger fighting the likes of Iron Man and Doctor Strange. Batman and Superman, meanwhile, regularly tangle with Predators and Xenomorphs. And don't even get Dracula started on the subject of Deadpool.

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    The Predator Squares Off Against Batman In ‘Batman Versus Predator,’ Followed By A Face-Off With Superman

    In 1991, the World's Greatest Detective and the universe's most notorious hunter met in the streets of Gotham. Batman Versus Predator saw DC and Dark Horse team up for a three-issue run by Dave Gibbons, the artist of Watchmen. The crossover kicked off a series of collaborations between the two publishers that would pit various intergalactic movie villains against members of the Justice League.

    Given their skill sets, the Predator and the Dark Knight were obvious contenders for the first match-up, and the series was popular enough to generate two sequels that saw the warriors continue to clash. Superman and the Justice League of America would later get a crack at the Predator, too, which would eventually set up one big crossover fight.

  • The Xenomorphs Fight Superman In ‘Superman/Aliens,’ Followed By Batman And Green Lantern

    A few years after Batman took on the Predator, DC and Dark Horse re-teamed to pit two other heavy hitters against one another.

    1995's Superman/Aliens (reprinted as Superman vs. Aliens) saw the Man of Steel out in the cosmos searching for any remnants of his lost people. When he picks up a signal he hopes is from the Kryptonians, he instead finds a world ravaged by the Xenomorphs. Lacking his sun-fueled powers, he not only has to face the Queen, but also deal with an alien growing in his own chest.

    The series received a sequel and also kicked off a run that saw both Batman and Green Lantern fight Xenomorphs in their own limited series.

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    Frankenstein's Monster Joins DC Supervillains In 'Gotham City Monsters'

    November 2019 brought monsters to the forefront in the DC universe. Frankenstein's monster first appeared in the DC continuity in 2011 for the series Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. The release is clearly a reference to a number of Marvel books/teams (including the monster-packed Nick Fury's Howling Commandos), and the idea of putting the reanimated brute on a team of questionable characters obviously felt right to the publisher.

    The new book, Gotham City Monsters, features Frankenstein's monster teaming up with Orca, Croc, Lady Clayface, and Andrew Bennett (from I...Vampire). The six-issue series will dive into the monstrous underbelly of Gotham, so don't be surprised if more classic horror characters pop up.

  • Godzilla Faces The Avengers In ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters' #23

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuted in 1977, bringing the giant lizard to the pages of Marvel Comics. The series saw the iconic beast come face-to-face with the likes of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.

    Written by Doug Moench, who was known for Marvel stories involving Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and a werewolf, the series ran for 24 issues and featured Godzilla rampaging through the US. In issues #23, a two-part story began that saw Iron Man, Thor, and the other Avengers face off against the titular King of the Monsters.