By Cory Doctorow at 1:25 pm Mon, Dec 14, 2009
"Epic Misney" by T Campbell and John Waltrip
Missing are Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel. Marvel was sued by the owners of Superman and they lost. The Marvel comics are without their namesake.
IIRC the whole SHAZAM Captain Marvel and family was never owned by Marvel Comics but by Fawcett Comics. They and DC had the lawsuit. In between Fawcett going defunct and DC buying the rights to Captain Marvel, Marvel Comics made their own Captain Marvel character (who is completely un-related to Billy Baston) but then there was some crap when DC comics licensed Shazam back in 72. In 1980 DC bought the entire Marvel Family lineup and has owned the characters since. So technically, they would never belong on this poster nor have anything to do with Marvel Comics current namesake. Marvel’s name was taken from an early publication of theirs calle “Marvel Comics” when the company was called Timely Publications.
Actually, DC sued Fawcett Comics ( no relation to Marvel Comics) and won because the Captain Marvel (a Fawcett) character was declared to be a rip off of Superman. DC now owns the right to use those characters ( Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Junior, and Mary Marvel). Marvel Comics NEVER owned them.
Many years later, Marvel Comics created a totally different character called Captain Marvel and trade marked the name. That character died in a classic graphic novel a long time ago, which is probably why he is not in the poster. Meanwhile, with Marvel still owning the trademark on the name Captain Marvel, when DC publishes comic books featuring the original Captain Marvel, they must do so under the name Shazam, which is the word Billy Batson uses to become the Captain. Confusing enough?
Those are Fawcett characters.
And DC bought Fawcett.
Beauty + Beast FTW! Also love the Monsters crew welcoming Hulk and the completely unexpected Fin Fang Foom. Or is that Fafnir?
Why is Scrooge McDuck staring at Spider Man’s ass?
Either Scrooge McDuck is delighted by the commercial prospects of this merger, or he is thinking about bouncing pennies.
Scrooge can not get enough of Spiderman.
Without the dollar signs it would be understandable because, well, it is Spiderman’s butt but with them…. fairly alarming.
Because Scrooge is thinking of turning old Spidey out, duh. There’s a lot of $$$ to be had peddling that ass! In a way, his crass desire to exploit Spidey as a sex worker is far more dignified than what Sam Raimi’s been doing to him.
The fact that Squirrel Girl made it in pleases me greatly.
There’s so much in here to love. Dr. Doom’s takeover of the Disney castle, Fin Fang Foom v. Maleficent, Beauty and The Beast…
And am I wrong or are the Princesses shocked by Emma Frost’s attire? Except Jasmine. She and Emma are sisters in midriff-baring sauciness.
Plus: Squirrel Girl. Always awesome.
Why is Victor Von Doom sulking? He never was a team player.
Roy, Marvel has never owned the Captain Marvel/Shazam! properties. That was Fawcett.
Marvel does, however, have their own character(s) named Captain Marvel, albeit they tend to be kinda lame.
This was so awesome it crashed my computer
Oh, I think I get the Scrooge/Spiderman thing!
The Spiderman movies have been quite successful, hence- his ass is worth a lot of money!
“Missing are Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel.”
Marvel never owned these characters; Fawcett did. Unless you were joking, in which case you win this round.
I think the Disney princesses are uncertain about Emma Frost, a.k.a. the White Queen’s motives. They have had poor luck with queens before.
Symbiote goofy! now that’s a comic mash-up I’d love to see…
Hook vs. Wolverine = WIN.
The first batch of Disney/Marvel’s scheduled dual-releases:
We can see Mr Fantastic’s and Elastigirl’s heads and necks, but their bodies are hidden behind the castle. Just what are they up to back there, while their spouses are distracted?
The one detail which got more than a snort out of me is the couple directly in front of the castle entrance. Most of the rest are fairly obvious pairings; this one has a bit more twist on it.
who put the starfish down namor’s panties
Ok, I give up — who is that singing with Dazzler?
Seconding Squirrel Girl love.
Thirding. I think that she’s actually one of the very few Marvel characters that could successfully cross over.
@24 — I think that’s Hannah Montana…
No no no! Blending these two universes is just WRONG!
Hercules and Hercules. Too funny.
I’d forgotten about Fawcett. There was one Republic Serial with Billy Batson and Captain Marvel. It is high camp. I ran it during a lunchtime film program at a Community College. The first day we had maybe 18 people. Four chapters later we were up to the fire marshal limit for the hall and it stayed that way until the end.
There is a Columbia serial of Batman and Robin done during WWII with a Japanese villain. If you don’t pull the titles and overlap the cliff hangers it runs longer than “Gone With The Wind”. In the last chapter Batman has a line that brings the house down.
Not wishing to sound trol-ish, but I never grew up with any American comics, so looking at this mash up all I see is two big companies copying each others ideas ad infanitum. Reminds me of hollywood and all the tat they produce and copy from each other. They Vampires, before that pirates, mummies, explorers, the moon, etc… Not a shining example of creativity IMHO.
@#30 Bade, that is a bit troll-y sounding. But you have a valid point about originality, especially when it comes (iMho) to Disney. You’ve got it wrong, though: they’re not stealing ideas from each other, they’re BOTH stealing ideas from beloved fairy tales and mythology, and then trying to copyright them. It’s like they say: there are no new stories. But at least these are two companies who take the recycling and usually put it in a pretty slick package.
As far as the mashup is concerned, take it from an American Comics & Disney Geek – it’s pretty awesome. You didn’t say, but are you British? If so, think of it this way: it’s like a picture of Noddy sitting down to tea with Judge Dredd, while in the background Thomas the Tank Engine has just arrived and disgorged all of Dr. Who’s companions onto Platform 9 3/4. You’re welcome.
Needs some Princess & the Frog representation. Brother Voodoo vs. Dr. Facilier?
Needs more Deadpool indeed.
weird error there, scrooge seems to be supposed to be staring at diamond skinned Emma Frost.
Thanks for the analogy, it does help set the importance level. Australian actually, but spent lots of time in the UK. The easiest crossover into the world of American Comics I can think of (between US and British comics) is Warren Ellis who worked for both Marvel and DC. Have discovered his recent work and and am starting to delve back into his earlier, more US based work.
Any suggestions for a parralel intro?
the meeting of 2 mega corps – only Ronald McD was missing.
Oh, wow! Squirrel Girl! Yay, I love her! Neato!
I particularly like the Silver Surfer and his companions. “Where soars the Silver Surfer…. There he must soar … alone! Now get off my board, you fuzzy blue git! And take that talking KitchenAid appliance with you!”
Howard and Donald Duck worked TOO well.
I think Scrooge is looking Spidey and Mickey shaking hands and sealing the deal. He’s thinking about the money to be made by merging.
That’s awesome! I love how the Monsters, Inc. guys are trying to recruit The Hulk.
Luke Ski did a song on this topic when it happened which came out hysterical. It’s on The FuMP. (http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1217)
When they publish the Goofy/Venom limited series, I’m so there!
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