Batman in the Horror Universe: MASQUE MACABRE

18 Mar

Every Friday I will be posting here an excerpt from my book, the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia.  These excerpts will be entries from the book featuring some of my favorite series, often series you might not expect to find in a book about horror crossovers.

Occult Files of Doctor Spektor (1973 Gold Key) 18



Release Date: December 1975 (Contemporary Setting)

Series: The Occult Files of Doctor Spektor

Horror Crosses: Donald F. Glut’s interconnected works; Dracula (novel); Frankenstein (Donald F. Glut); Count Wulfstein; The Lurker; Purple Zombie; Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde (novel); Simbar; Phantom Stranger; Deadman; Dr. 13 (See Notes)

Non-Horror Crosses: Batman; Justice League of America; Avengers (Marvel); Freedom Fighters; Thor (Marvel); Defenders; Beast; Thunderbunny; Animal Man; Generation X (See Notes)

The Story: Spektor is in Rutland, Vermont for the annual Masque Macabre Halloween parade when the Dark Gods bring several statues to life.

Notes: The Statues brought to life are Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, Count Wulfstein, the Lurker, the Purple Zombie, Mr. Hyde, Simbar, and Ra-Ka-Tep. Though these are all statues brought to life, most are characters met Spektor already, so the presumption is that the others are also in the same reality as Spektor. This parade is a real annual event, but it appears often in comics. It’s considered one of the first intercompany crossovers because multiple comic book companies use it as a setting. This was an intentional attempt by comics writers to get past legalities and present that all the comics co-exist in the same reality. Because of writer’s intent, I’m inclined to allow the crossovers, even though I really hate to make the Horror Universe into a superhero universe. The compromise is to say that the above crosses are all in, but superheroes in the Horror Universe were more or less not as public as in their main comic book universes, and their careers only lasted from the 1960s to the mid 1980s at most. It was a weird quirky phenomenon in the Horror Universe and most people today have no recollection that super-heroes ever existed.

For more Batman crossovers, click here.

For more Donald F. Glut crossovers, click here.

For more Dracula crossovers, click here.

For more Frankenstein crossovers, click here.

For more Justice League crossovers, click here.

For more Thor/Avengers crossovers, click here.

And you can purchase the Horror Crossover Encyclopedia by clicking here.

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