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11 Times Horror Franchises Crossed Over With Superhero Comics

Updated January 28, 2020 59.5k views11 items

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.

  • Ash Williams Faces Hero Zombies In ‘Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness’

    In 2005, Marvel introduced the world to an alternate reality where a zombie contagion transforms famous heroes and villains into brain-craving monsters. The world and its conceit have been visited many times since then, and it even set the stage for a crossover with Ash Williams from Dynamite Entertainment's Evil Dead/Army of Darkness series.

    2007's Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness takes place during that year's Marvel Zombies: Dead Days and sees Ash perish and wind up in what appears to be heaven. He's quickly pushed into another realm, though, which turns out to be crawling with colorfully dressed walkers.

    Given the shared elements of the two series, the Marvel and Dynamite crossover was a no-brainer.

  • Freddy Krueger Surprises Doctor Strange In ‘A Nightmare on Bleecker Street’

    When A Nightmare on Elm Street proved to be a big hit at the box office, Marvel tried translating the success into a comic book. The experiment didn't last long, but Marvel didn't give up on Freddy Krueger.

    In 1991, Marvel Presents #79 debuted with a slew of stories, including one called "A Nightmare on Bleecker Street." In the tale, Doctor Strange watches a showing of the popular film, only to fight Krueger in his dreams that night. In the end, we learn it's actually Nightmare (who shares a few things in common with Krueger) posing as the movie villain.

  • Dracula Faces Wade Wilson In ‘Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet’

    Dracula has been flitting around the Marvel Universe since the '70s. Tomb of Dracula debuted in 1972 and brought the iconic vampire into the world of superheroes. By issue #10, Blade was first introduced, but Dracula was never taken down. He's shifted forms over the years and even sought to marry another powerful vampire, Shiklah. But when Dracula hires Wade Wilson to bring Shiklah to him, things don't go as planned.

    Deadpool: Dracula's Gauntlet sees the Merc with the Mouth on a wild journey that involves a number of horror characters, including Blade and Werewolf by Night. In the end, it's Wade and Shiklah who end up married - though that doesn't last long. Now, Dracula and Wade Wilson are immortal enemies.

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    Superman Accidentally Slays Dracula In 'The House of Dracula'

    Superman #180 from 2002 features the story "The House of Dracula," AKA Superman vs. Dracula. Like Marvel, DC has their own version of the infamous count (who debuted in 1975), and Clark, Lois, and Jimmy all run into him in the horror-inspired tale.

    Also featuring a fight with werewolves, the story sees the trio beset by Dracula. But when the vampire bites Clark's neck, he's exposed to the solar energy stored within the Kryptonian. The miscalculation sees Dracula turn to dust, marking his last appearance in a DC comic.