In the late 90s, ((6 and (7, to be exact, DC and Marvel finally got together with the long promised crossovers between the companies. A new character, owned by both companies, Access was created. He was pretty lame, but he could to both worlds. A new amalgamated world sprang into being. In fifth week events we saw combos of DC and Marvel characters grace the comics page, written and drawn by some of the best in the biz.
The first crop of comics included:
Super Soldier: a combo of Captain America and Superman.
Speed Demon: Ghost Rider and The Flash.
DarkClaw: Wolverine and Batman
Bruce Wayne, Agent of Shield
X-Patrol: X-Men and Doom Patrol
Spider Boy: Spider Man and SuperBoy
Bullets and Bracelets: Wonder Woman and The Punisher.
Amazon: Wonder Woman and Storm
Assassins: Deathstroke, Elektra, Daredevil, and who knows what else
Magneto and the Metal Men.
In 97 the line up included:
Generation Hex: Jonah Hex and the X-Men
Dark Claw Adventures: One of the few adventures books ever I liked less than the real title.
Lobo The Duck
Bat-Thing: Man-Thing and Man-Bat
SuperSoldier: Man of War set in WWII this time.
Challengers of the Fantastic: Challngers of the Unknown and Fantastic Four
Thorion of the New Asgods
Iron Lantern: Iron Man and Green Lantern
SpiderBoy Team up
Magnetic Men featuring Magneto
Both line ups were pretty strong. Challengers of the Fantastic is one of the best Kirby homages ever. Iron Lantern is really good, as were both Spider Boy books.
I really think the concept has staying power. Every two or three years, a fifth week or something of the kind would be most welcome.
But, Joe Q opened his big mouth, and DC refuses to work with Marvel as long as he is EIC.
And the consumers lose. Too bad. Maybe in a few years, they'll return.