Spider-Man in the Horror Universe: “OF SPIDERS AND SERPENTS” / “A KING COMES RIDING”

12 Aug

Every Friday… Who am I kidding?  Whenever I have time, probably every few weeks, 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.


Release Date: November – December 1981 (Contemporary Setting and circa 18,000 – 20,000 B.C.)

Series: Spider-Man; Devil-Slayer; Kull

Horror Crosses: Doctor Strange

Non-Horror Crosses: Defenders; Sub-Mariner; Hulk

The Story: Spider-Man rescues the Defenders from the Serpent Men. In the process, Spider-Man is poisoned, and the only cure can be found in the ancient past. Doctor Strange sends Spider-Man to the past where he meets Kull and gains his cure.

Notes: Two parter. The first featured Spider-Man and the Devil Salyer. Part two featured Spider-Man and Kull. Kull’s past has been firmly established to exist in the Horror Universe mainly due to Robert E. Howard’s tendency to include links to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos in his sword and sorcery stories. In the Horror Universe, I believe Spider-Man and other Marvel heroes did operate for a short time of about 25 years, from the 1960s to the mid 1980s. The Defenders team in this story is Doctor Strange, Sub-Mariner, Hulk, Devil-Slayer, Gargoyle, and Valkyrie. Doctor Strange has several crosses, most notably with Tomb of Dracula. The Sub-Mariner has crosses in both the golden age and the silver age. The Hulk here is the comics version, as opposed to the television series that was brought in via a reference in a Kolchak story. Since the comics version is Bruce and the television version is David, they could still both exist in the Horror Universe. The Devil-Slayer had his own series, which was a horror/super-hero type series. Gargoyle and Valkyrie are both original characters from the Defenders series.

For more Spider-Man crossovers, click here.

For more Hulk crossovers, click here.

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

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