These days, if you want to see unlikely character crossovers, all you have to do is navigate your way to Tumblr.  When I was a wee child, it was a much different world, and I clearly remember the utter mind-blowing shock of seeing Superman and Spider-Man joining forces in that giant tabloid comic.  It was a truly transcendent bit of nerdery for me, which led to many an idle wondering about additional character crossovers: Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers?  Knight Rider and Airwolf?  The Dukes Of Hazzard and Star Wars?  Anything was possible in the far-off regions of your brain, but come the 21st century, and many of these stories are actually being written and produced in professional-type form.  I never thought I’d live to see The Doctor and James T. Kirk battling side-by-side, but as this week’s Retro Review proves, anything is possible if the character rights end up in the right place.  This, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will always have a fondness for Archie Vs. Punisher, but has to give the nod to ‘A Fifth of Beethoven’, asking: What do you consider the most enjoyable mashup/crossover in pop culture history?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. November 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    JLA/Avengers – You could spend hours just staring at the artwork, crammed with characters all caught in moments you were dying to see when you imagine both universes crossing over.

  2. November 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    One of my favorites was the Marvel/DC crossovers established in the DC vs Marvel/Marvel vs DC mini-series, the resulting Amalgam comics and the later series where Access was trying to keep the two worlds from merging again.

    More recently, I was absolutely beyond joy because of the Kamen Rider and Super Sentai crossovers (both the Decade/Shinkenger crossover and Super Hero Taisen), but that only enhanced with the Kamen Rider/Super Sentai/Metal Heroes crossover Super Hero Taisen Z.

  3. Arbor Day
    November 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    Community and Cougar Town, because why?

  4. Kirby
    November 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm — Reply

    League of Extraordinary Gentlemen really got me on a literary kick back in high school.

  5. Jared Agan
    November 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm — Reply

    Alien Vs. Predator is mine. when the two meet, who loses? the Humans obviously.

  6. November 12, 2013 at 5:14 am — Reply

    Star Trek and Futurama… “Welshyyyyy!”

    • November 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

      “You see, the show was banned after the Star Trek wars”
      “You mean the vast migration of Star Wars fans?”
      “No, that was the Star Wars trek.”

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