As if by magic, new Mandrake crossover!

Bleeding Cool gave us some pretty good news yesterday, a new comic featuring Mandrake will be published in September by Dynamite: King’s Watch. A crossover with The Phantom and Flash Gordon, too (I swear I didn’t know anything about this when I wrote my post yesterday). And written by Jeff Parker. Does it get better than that? Yes, but only if the preview pages are repeated in classic symmetrical fashion the likes of which we have not seen since Watchmen and if there’s something we like more than Mandrake comics, it’s Mandrake comics remixed. I am guessing it will be corrected at some point, so here it is, the preview as it originally appeared:

Thanks, Mr. Parker and thanks BC for the remix!

Mandrake in Film

So, Mandrake in films … I will leave out the boring details (yes, there’s the serial, the pilot made in 1954 and the TV movie from 1979), to focus on the important stuff, so grab on to your top hats because here we go!!!

  • From Federico Fellini’s Intervista, Mastroianni playing Mandrake:

  • From Vittorio De Sicca’s segment of Le Streghe (with Clint Eastwood!):

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The daydreaming scene, which takes about 1 minute, includes other characters like The Phantom, Sadik, Batman, Diabolik and Flash Gordon … The inspiration for Defenders of the Earth? Most likely! (Yes, I just mentioned crossovers again, what do you want from me?)

le-streghe

  • And, last but not least, the Turkish Mandrake Killing’e Karşı, which features:

A likable enough Mandrake (Jean DuJardin’s father?):

mandrake

Classic Killing:

killing

Killing in disguise as a chauffeur:

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Lothar Abdullah in full minstrel show make-up (let it to the Turks to make it so easy to link Mandrake and Jurgens):

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The best thing is that the movie is fully subtitled (quality is so-so, but if you need more than that, maybe this is not the perfect movie for you) and available (for now, but I guess with lost Turkish movies, this means forever) at youtube, so enjoy without moderation:

Update: Seems I spoke too fast and the movie has been removed … Hope someone else was able to enjoy it, but I am sure there are other ways to find it.

State of the Crossover collection

So, following up on the inter-company crossover collection eternal quest, you can see below a list of where I am at this moment. Hopefully, this will help other fellow crossover fans … Something like this would certainly have helped me quite a bit when I decided to come out of the closet of crossover love.

It’s not a complete list, not even close, but still gives you an idea of where to find what … ‘Why would I do that to myself, though?’, I hear you think. Well, here’s 3 reasons why crossover collecting is the new cool:

  1. Most of them are really cheap (quarter-bin, semper fi!)
  2. You know what you are getting into before you open the comic … It’s going to be bad to horrible and both you and it know. It doesn’t pretend or shy away from the fact that it was created solely to promote a set of characters to the readership of the other set of characters, therefore being the intellectual equivalent of a saturday morning cartoon TV ad.
  3. It’s a fun reminder of what went wrong in the 90’s

Again, I don’t know if one day I will look back to the crossover posts and read it as some kind of Lovecraftian tale of a man entering a world of madness, but I for the moment, reality keeps making sense, or as much sense as it usually does.

So, here’s the list … enjoy it!

10TH MUSE / DEMONSLAYER (2002)
1963 (1993) 6
AGENTS OF LAW (1995) 6
ALTERED IMAGE (1998) 1, 2, 3
ANT (2006) 2, 3
APE NATION (1991) 1, 2, 3, 4
ARCHIE MEETS THE PUNISHER (1994)
ARIA / ANGELA (2000) 1, 2
ARMY OF DARKNESS (2005) 1, 2, 3, 4
ATOMICS, THE (2000) 13, 14, 15
AUTHORITY / LOBO: JINGLE HELL (2004)
AUTHORITY / LOBO: SPRING BREAK MASSACRE (2005)
AVENGELYNE / PANDORA (2000)
AVENGELYNE / WARRIOR NUN AREALA (1996)
AVENGERS / ULTRAFORCE (1995)
AZRAEL / ASH (1997)
BADROCK (1995) 1, 2
BADROCK & COMPANY (1994) 1, 2
BADROCK / WOLVERINE (1996)
BATMAN & SPIDER-MAN (1997)
BATMAN / ALIENS (1997) 1, 2
BATMAN / ALIENS II (2002) 1
BATMAN / CAPTAIN AMERICA (1996)
BATMAN / DANGER GIRL (2005)
BATMAN / DAREDEVIL (2000)
BATMAN / DEATHBLOW: AFTER THE FIRE (2003)
BATMAN / DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL (2010)
BATMAN / GRENDEL (1993) 1, 2
BATMAN / GRENDEL (1996) 1, 2
BATMAN / HELLBOY / STARMAN (1999) 1, 2
BATMAN / JUDGE DREDD: DIE LAUGHING (1998) 1, 2
BATMAN / JUDGE DREDD: JUDGMENT ON GOTHAM (1991)
BATMAN / JUDGE DREDD: THE ULTIMATE RIDDLE (1995)
BATMAN / JUDGE DREDD: VENDETTA IN GOTHAM (1993)
BATMAN / PREDATOR III (1997) 1, 2, 3, 4
BATMAN / PUNISHER: LAKE OF FIRE (1994)
BATMAN / SPAWN: WAR DEVIL (1994)
BATMAN / TARZAN: CLAWS OF THE CAT-WOMAN (1999) 1, 2
BATMAN / THE SPIRIT (2006)
BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR (1991) 1, 2, 3
BATMAN VERSUS PREDATOR II: BLOODMATCH (1994) 1, 2, 3, 4
BATTLE OF THE PLANETS / WITCHBLADE (2003)
BATTLEZONES: DREAM TEAM 2 (1996)
BIG BANG COMICS (1996) 10, 18, 35
CATFIGHT: DREAM INTO ACTION (1996)
CATWOMAN / VAMPIRELLA: THE FURIES (1997)
CEREBUS (1977) 104
CHAPEL (1995) 5, 6, 7
CONAN (1995) 4
CONAN THE SAVAGE (1995) 4
CONAN VS RUNE (1995)
CREED / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1996)
CRIMINAL MACABRE / THE GOON: WHEN FREAKS COLLIDE (2011)
CYBERFORCE (1992) 3
CYBERFORCE (1993) 1, 2, 3, 28, 30
CYBERFORCE / X-MEN (2007)
CYBERFROG VS CREED (1997)
CYBLADE / SHI: THE BATTLE FOR INDEPENDENTS (1995)
DAREDEVIL / BATMAN (1997)
DAREDEVIL / SHI: BLIND FAITH (1997)
DARK MINDS / WITCHBLADE (2000)
DARKMAN VS ARMY OF DARKNESS (2006) 1, 2, 3, 4
DARKNESS / BATMAN (1999)
DARKNESS / DARKCHYLDE: KINGDOM PAIN (2010)
DARKNESS / PITT (2009) 1, 2, 3
DARKNESS / SUPERMAN (2005) 1, 2
DARKNESS / THE INCREDIBLE HULK (2004)
DARKNESS / VAMPIRELLA (2005)
DARKNESS / WOLVERINE (2006)
DARKSEID VS GALACTUS: THE HUNGER (1995)
DC / MARVEL: ALL ACCESS (1996) 1, 2, 3, 4
DC / WS DREAMWAR (2008) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
DC COMICS PRESENTS (1978) 47
DC SPECIAL SERIES (1977) 27
DEADLY DUO, THE (1994) 2, 3
DEADLY DUO, THE (1995) 1, 2, 3, 4
DEATHBLOW AND WOLVERINE (1997) 1, 2
DEATHMATE BLACK (1993)
DEATHMATE BLUE (1993)
DEATHMATE EPILOGUE (1994)
DEATHMATE PROLOGUE (1993)
DEATHMATE RED (1993)
DEATHMATE YELLOW (1993)
DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH (1987) 1, 2, 3, 4
DETHLOK VERSUS THE GOON (2009)
DEVIL’S REIGN (1997) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
DEVIL’S REIGN #1/2 (1997)
DOUBLE IMPACT / HELLINA (1996)
DOUBLE IMPACT / LETHAL STRYKE: DOUBLE STRYKE (1996)
FIRST WAVE (2010) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
FIRST WAVE SPECIAL (2011)
FLAMING CARROT COMICS (1988) 25, 26, 27
FREAK FORCE (1993) 15
FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH (2007) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
FREDDY VS JASON VS ASH: THE NIGHTMARE WARRIORS (2009) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
G.I. JOE AND THE TRANSFORMERS (1987) 1, 2, 3, 4
G.I. JOE VS THE TRANSFORMERS (2003) 1
GEN 13 (1995) 13
GEN 13 / FANTASTIC FOUR (2001)
GEN 13 / GENERATION X (1997)
GEN 13 / MAXX (1995)
GEN 13 / MONKEYMAN & O’BRIEN (1998) 1, 2
GENERATION X / GEN 13 (1997)
GHOST (1995) 5
GHOST / HELLBOY SPECIAL (1996) 2
GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN (1974) 3
GLADIATOR / SUPREME (1997)
GODWHEEL (1995) 3
GODZILLA VS BARKLEY (1993)
GOON, THE (2003) 7
GREEN LANTERN / SILVER SURFER: UNHOLY ALLIANCES (1995)
GREEN LANTERN VS ALIENS (2000) 1, 2, 3, 4
GRIFTER / SHI (1996) 1, 2
HACK/SLASH (2011) 9, 10, 11
HACK/SLASH VS CHUCKY (2007)
HACK/SLASH: THE FINAL REVENGE OF EVIL ERNIE (2005)
HACK/SLASH: THE SERIES (2007) 15, 16, 17
HELLBOY / BEASTS OF BURDEN (2010)
HELLINA / CATFIGHT (1995)
HELLINA / DOUBLE IMPACT (1996)
HELLINA / NIRA X CYBERANGEL (1996)
HELLRAISER NIGHTBREED – JIHAD (1991) 1, 2
HULK / PITT (1997)
IMAGE UNITED (2009) 1, 2, 3
INCREDIBLE HULK VS SUPERMAN (1999)
INVINCIBLE (2003) 60
IRON MAN / X-O MANOWAR: IN HEAVY METAL (1996)
JLA / AVENGERS (2003) 1, 2, 3, 4
JLA / CYBERFORCE (2005)
JLA / PREDATOR (2001)
JLA / WILDC.A.T.S. (1997)
JLA / WITCHBLADE (2000)
JOKER / MASK (2000) 1, 2, 3, 4
JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS: INCUBUS (2003) 1, 3
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA / THE 99 (2010) 1, 2
KONI WAVES / DEMONSLAYER (2007)
LADY DEATH / MEDIEVAL WITCHBLADE (2001)
LADY DEATH / VAMPIRELLA (1999)
LADY DEATH / VAMPIRELLA II (2000)
LADY DEATH VS PANDORA (2007)
LETHAL STRIKE / DOUBLE IMPACT: LETHAL IMPACT (1996)
LIVING CORPSE ANNUAL (2009)
LOBO / JUDGE DREDD: PSYCHO BIKERS VS THE MUTANTS FROM HELL (1995)
LOBO / MASK (1997) 1, 2
LOVEBUNNY AND MR HELL: SAVAGE LOVE (2003)
MADMAN COMICS (1995) 13
MAGDALENA / DAREDEVIL, THE (2008)
MAGDALENA / VAMPIRELLA (2003)
MAGDALENA / VAMPIRELLA (2004)
MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER / NEXUS (1993) 1, 2
MARS ATTACKS IMAGE (1996) 1, 2, 3, 4
MARVEL AND DC PRESENT FEATURING THE UNCANNY X-MEN AND THE NEW TEEN TITANS (1982)
MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) 79
MARVEL TEAM-UP (2004) 14
MARVEL TREASURY EDITION (1974) 28
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1975) 21
MARVEL VERSUS DC / DC VERSUS MARVEL (1996) 1, 2, 3, 4
MARVEL ZOMBIES VS ARMY OF DARKNESS (2007) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
MASK / MARSHAL LAW, THE (1998) 1, 2
MASKS (2012) 1, 2, 3
MAXX (1993) 6, 7, 8
MIAMI MICE COMIC, THE (1986) 4
MOTORHEAD (1995) 1
MUTANTS VS ULTRAS: FIRST ENCOUNTERS (1995)
NEXUS MEETS MADMAN (1996)
NIGHT MAN VS WOLVERINE #0 (1995)
NIRA X: HELLINA (1996)
ONI PRESS COLOR SPECIAL 2001 (2001)
OVERKILL: WITCHBLADE / ALIENS / DARKNESS / PREDATOR (2000) 1, 2
PACT, THE (2005) 4
PAINKILLER JANE (2007) 4, 5
PAINKILLER JANE / DARKCHYLDE (1998)
PAINKILLER JANE / THE DARKNESS: STRIPPER (1997)
PHOENIX RESURRECTION (1996)
PHOENIX RESURRECTION: AFTERMATH (1996)
PHOENIX RESURRECTION: GENESIS (1995)
PHOENIX RESURRECTION: REVELATIONS (1995)
PINHEAD VS MARSHAL LAW: LAW IN HELL (1993) 1, 2
PLANETARY / BATMAN: NIGHT ON EARTH (2003)
PLANETARY / JLA: TERRA OCULTA (2002)
PREDATOR VS MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER (1992) 1, 2
PRIME / CAPTAIN AMERICA (1996)
PROPHET / CABLE (1997) 1, 2
PUNISHER / PAINKILLER JANE (2001)
PURGATORI VS VAMPIRELLA (2000)
RAZOR / SHI SPECIAL (1994)
RAZOR / WARRIOR NUN AREALA – FAITH (1996)
RED SONJA / CLAW: THE DEVIL’S HANDS (2006) 1, 2, 3, 4
REN & STIMPY SHOW, THE (1992) 6
ROBOCOP VS TERMINATOR (1992) 1, 2, 3, 4
RUNE (1995) 1, 2, 3, 7
RUNE / SILVER SURFER (1995)
RUNE VS VENOM (1995)
RUNE, CURSE OF (1995) 4
RUNE: INFINITY (1995)
SAVAGE DRAGON (1992) 3
SAVAGE DRAGON (1993) 2, 22, 28, 30, 34, 35, 83, 84, 85, 128, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138
SAVAGE DRAGON / DESTROYER DUCK, THE (1996)
SAVAGE DRAGON / MARSHAL LAW, THE (1997) 1, 2
SAVAGE DRAGON / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CROSSOVER (1993)
SAVAGE DRAGON VS SAVAGE MEGATON MAN (1993)
SHADOWHAWK (1992) 4, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
SHADOWHAWK / VAMPIRELLA: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT (1995)
SHATTERED IMAGE (1996) 1, 2, 3, 4
SHI / CYBLADE: THE BATTLE FOR INDEPENDENTS (1995)
SHI / DAREDEVIL: HONOR THY MOTHER (1997)
SHI / VAMPIRELLA (1997)
SHI: JUDGMENT NIGHT (2000)
SILVER SURFER / SUPERMAN (1996)
SONIC SUPER SPECIAL (1997) 7
SPAWN (1992) 12, 13, 52
SPAWN / BATMAN (1994)
SPIDER-MAN / BADROCK #1A (1997)
SPIDER-MAN / BADROCK #1B (1997)
SPIDER-MAN / GEN 13 (1996)
SPIDER-MAN / RED SONJA [HC] (2008)
SPIDER-MAN AND BATMAN (1995)
SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP (1995) 5
STAR TREK / LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (2011) 1
STAR TREK / X-MEN (1996)
STAR TREK / X-MEN: SECOND CONTACT (1998)
SUPERMAN & SAVAGE DRAGON: CHICAGO (2002)
SUPERMAN & SAVAGE DRAGON: METROPOLIS (1999)
SUPERMAN / ALIENS II: GOD WAR (2002) 1, 2, 3, 4
SUPERMAN / FANTASTIC FOUR (1999)
SUPERMAN / GEN 13 (2000) 2, 3
SUPERMAN / MADMAN HULLABALOO!, THE (1997) 1, 2, 3
SUPERMAN / THUNDERCATS (2004)
SUPERMAN AND BATMAN VS ALIENS AND PREDATOR (2007) 1, 2
SUPERMAN VS ALIENS (1995) 1, 2, 3
SUPERMAN VS PREDATOR (2000) 1, 2, 3
SUPERMAN VS THE TERMINATOR: DEATH TO THE FUTURE (1999) 1, 2, 3, 4
SUPREME (1992) 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
SWORD OF DRACULA / VAMPIRELLA (2008)
TEAM X / TEAM 7 (1996)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1984) 8
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1996) 10
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES / SAVAGE DRAGON (1995)
TERMINATOR 2 (2008) 6, 7
THUNDERCATS / BATTLE OF THE PLANETS (2003)
TICK #100: THE TICK MEETS INVINCIBLE (2012)
TICK #101: TICK MEETS MADMAN (2013)
TINY TITANS / LITTLE ARCHIE (2010) 1
TOMB RAIDER / WITCHBLADE / THE MAGDALENA / VAMPIRELLA (2005)
TRANSFORMERS: G.I. JOE (2003) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
ULTRAFORCE (1995) 11
ULTRAFORCE / AVENGERS (1995)
UNHOLY UNION (2007)
UNLIMITED ACCESS (1997) 1, 2, 3, 4
USAGI YOJIMBO (1987) 10
VAMPIRELLA / LADY DEATH (1999)
VAMPIRELLA / PAINKILLER JANE (1998)
VAMPIRELLA / SHADOWHAWK: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT (1995)
VAMPIRELLA / SHI (1997)
VAMPIRELLA / WETWORKS (1997)
VAMPIRELLA / WITCHBLADE (2003)
VAMPIRELLA / WITCHBLADE: THE FEAST (2005)
VAMPIRELLA / WITCHBLADE: UNION OF THE DAMNED (2004)
VAMPIRELLA CROSSOVER GALLERY (1997)
VAMPIRELLA MONTHLY (1999) 7, 8, 9, 23, 24, 25, 26
VAMPIRELLA STRIKES (1995) 5
WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS (2011) 1, 2, 3
WARRIOR NUN AREALA / AVENGELYNE (1996)
WARRIOR NUN AREALA / RAZOR: REVENGE (1999)
WARRIOR NUN AREALA AND GLORY (1997)
WARRIOR NUN AREALA VS RAZOR (1996)
WEASEL GUY / WITCHBLADE (1998)
WETWORKS / VAMPIRELLA (1997)
WHAT IF (1977) 39
WHAT IF (1989) 16
WILDC.A.T.S (1992) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
WILDC.A.T.S / ALIENS (1998)
WILDC.A.T.S / X-MEN: THE DARK AGE (1998)
WILDC.A.T.S / X-MEN: THE GOLDEN AGE (1997)
WILDC.A.T.S / X-MEN: THE MODERN AGE (1997)
WILDC.A.T.S / X-MEN: THE SILVER AGE (1997)
WITCHBLADE / DARKCHYLDE (2000)
WITCHBLADE / DEVI ISSUE ONE (2008)
WITCHBLADE / LADY DEATH (2001)
WITCHBLADE / RED SONJA (2012) 2
WITCHBLADE / THE PUNISHER (2007)
WITCHBLADE / WOLVERINE (2004)
WOLVERINE / SHI: DARK NIGHT OF JUDGMENT (2000)
WOLVERINE: JUDGMENT NIGHT (2000)
X (1994) 18
X-FILES / 30 DAYS OF NIGHT (2010) 1
X-FORCE / YOUNGBLOOD (1996)
X-O MANOWAR / IRON MAN: IN HEAVY METAL (1996)
YOUNGBLOOD (1992) 9, 10
YOUNGBLOOD / X-FORCE (1996)

Collecting crossovers: Some initial data

So, with the following factors in mind:

  1. we consider a crossover the interaction of characters not owned by the same person/organization
  2. we are only counting one-shots and limited series (my db does not track the month every issue came out and inter-company crossovers in ongoing series are a minority)
  3. these are only the ones I have purchased (but I will get anything that looks like a crossover),

here is a quick graph of titles (so a one-shot and a whole limited series each counts as one) which feature a crossover organized per year:

crossover-stats

And some people still have the balls to say that comics in the 90’s were bad!!!

Inter-company crossover checklist

What’s that, Internet? You want to know what the progress is for the greatest crossover collection ever?

Disclaimer: feelings when looking straight at the following picture might vary between ecstasy and depression. You have been warned!!!

 

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