List of Elseworlds publications

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This is a list of Elseworlds publications from DC Comics, grouped by main character, and in alphabetical order by title.[1] Each title was originally released as a one-shot comic book unless otherwise noted.

Batman Elseworlds[edit]

  • Batman: Thrillkiller – one three-part miniseries and one one-shot collected into one volume:
  • Batman & Captain America (1996) – Golden Age-era adventure teaming Batman and Robin up with Captain America and Bucky of Marvel Comics against the Joker and the Red Skull of Marvel Comics.
  • Batman/Demon: A Tragedy (2000) – Bruce Wayne is possessed by the demon Etrigan.
  • Tales of the Multiverse: Batman – Vampire (2007) – three graphic novels collected into one volume:
    • Batman & Dracula: Red Rain (1991) – Batman faces off against Dracula and must become a vampire to effectively face his nemesis. (HC, SC)
    • Batman: Bloodstorm (1994) – Batman fights an army of vampires led by the Joker in Gotham City while battling the hunger for blood that dooms him in the end. (HC, SC)
    • Batman: Crimson Mist (1998) – A now-fully vampiric and evil Batman is revived by a tormented Alfred and goes on a killing spree of all of his former enemies. (HC, SC)
  • Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop (1993) – Batman teams up with Harry Houdini to fight child-stealing vampires in 1907.
  • Batman/Lobo (2000) – In a severely twisted version of Gotham, the Joker hires the infamous "Main Man" Lobo to take out the Dark Knight. After Lobo kills everyone close to Batman, the Joker is forced to call him off after the revelation that the Joker is Batman's long-lost twin, Joey Wayne.
  • Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat (1992) – Batman and Robin in the American Civil War.
  • Batman: The Book of the Dead (1999) – The Waynes are a rich archaeologist family and the story revolves around a lesser-known but important Egyptian Bat-God. (two issues)
  • Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat (1995) – 50 years in the future, Batman is dead, and the planet is within the grip of a plague set off by Ra's al Ghul, who uses Bruce Wayne's various rejected costume designs to create a league of costumed assassins, and is confronted by Tallant, the son of Batman and Talia al Ghul.
    • Sequel: Batman: League of Batmen (2001) – Tallant's efforts to cure the plague with his own costumed Bat-force are hampered by a still-alive, but much more demonic, Ra's al Ghul. (two issues)
    • Prequel: Batman: KnightGallery (1995) – Collection of art on which the two stories were based.
  • Batman: Castle of the Bat (1994) – Based on the story of Frankenstein, young Dr. Bruce Wayne attempts to resurrect his father into an avenging Bat-Man to discover who killed his parents.
  • The Batman Chronicles (1995–2001) – A quarterly Batman title covering single and/or not necessarily within continuity stories. Two all-Elseworlds issues were published:
    • Issue #11 (winter 1998): Features the stories "The Berlin Batman"; "The Bride of Leatherwing" (a sequel to "Leatherwing" from Detective Comics Annual No. 7 (1994)) and "Curse of the Cat-Woman".
    • Issue No. 21 (summer 2000): Features the stories "Apocalypse Girl"; "Mystery of Citizen Wayne" (a sequel to "Citizen Wayne" from Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual No. 4 (1994)) and "Silent Tale of the Bat".
  • Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-woman (1999) A 1930s Batman teams up with Lord Greystoke/Tarzan to assist the priestess of an African cat-cult in protecting her people's treasures from the Two-Face-like mercenary, Finnigan Dent. (four issues)
  • Batman: Dark Allegiances (1996) – Batman, Catwoman, and Alfred Pennyworth (Robin) as OSS agents during World War II.
  • Batman/Dark Joker: The Wild (1993) – A fantasy tale of the evil wizard known as Dark Joker and his battles against the avenging Bat-Man. (HC, SC and ashcan)
  • Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty (1997) – A centuries-old feud between the Wayne family and the immortal Vandal Savage begins with Bruce Wayne's ancestor Sir Joshua of Wainwright, at the time of the Knights Templar, and ends with his descendant, Vice President Brenda Wayne, in the Gotham of the 25th century.
  • Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table (1998) – Batman as a knight in King Arthur's court. (two issues)
  • Batman: Detective No. 27 (2003) – In 1938, Bruce Wayne becomes a secret crimefighter without donning a costume. The title is a reference to Detective Comics #27, the comic book in which Batman first appeared. (HC, SC)
  • Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham (2000) – Bruce Wayne is a 1920s pulp fiction adventurer fighting Lovecraft-inspired monsters. Written by Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy, in which similar villains appear. (three issues)
  • Batman: The Golden Streets of Gotham (2003) – Turn-of-the-century Gotham is full of greedy industrialists who gain profit by degrading and tormenting their workers. Bruno Vaneko is a railroad worker whose parents were factory workers killed in a fire akin to the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Desperate for justice, he dons a bat costume and joins a citywide worker strike.
  • Gotham by Gaslight (1989) – The first officially-published Elseworlds story, though it does not carry the Elseworlds logo. A Victorian era Batman fights Jack the Ripper.
    • Sequel: Batman: Master of the Future (1991) – The Victorian Batman faces off against a maniacal genius who is unwilling to allow the 20th century's technological advances to enter Gotham.
  • Batman: Gotham Noir (2001) – A film noir homage set in the late 1940s. Features James Gordon as a main character.
  • Batman: Haunted Gotham (1999–2000) Gotham has been taken over by the Dark Lords of Hell and escape is impossible. After watching his parents being killed by a werewolf, a grown-up Bruce Wayne becomes the Batman, as per his father's instructions from beyond the grave, and sets out to free Gotham with the help of a living skeleton named Cal and a shapeshifting gypsy seer named Cat Majik. (four issues)
  • Batman: Hollywood Knight (2001) Severe head trauma causes an actor who plays Batman in film serials to believe that he actually is the Dark Knight. (three issues)
  • Batman: Holy Terror (1991) – The first story to carry the Elseworlds logo and the second officially-published Elseworlds story. Reverend Bruce Wayne becomes Batman to fight corruption in a theocratic future world.
  • Batman: I, Joker (1998) – A futuristic Gotham City is led by a cult that follows Batman's descendant, a self-proclaimed god known only as the Bruce. The current Joker must find a way to survive long enough to face his nemesis and free Gotham from his influence.
  • Batman: In Darkest Knight (1994) – Bruce Wayne becomes a Green Lantern.
  • Batman: Manbat (1995) (three issues)
  • Batman: Masque (1997) – Set at the Gotham Opera in the 1890s. Inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, with Batman and Two-Face sharing the Phantom role.
  • Batman: Nevermore (2003) – Batman teams with then-newspaper reporter Edgar Allan Poe to solve a series of raven-themed murders. (five issues)
  • Batman: Nine Lives (2002) (HC, SC)
  • Batman: Nosferatu (1999) – Sequel to Superman's Metropolis which combines the Batman mythos with both The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Nosferatu; A Symphony of Horror.
  • The Batman of Arkham (2000) – Set in 1900, Bruce Wayne is an early psychiatrist and the head of Arkham Asylum, with Jonathan Crane as his assistant.
  • Batman: The Order of Beasts (2004) Batman attempts to break up a spy ring in England during World War II. Co-written and illustrated by Eddie Campbell.
  • Batman: Reign of Terror (1998) – Set during the French Revolution, with Bruce Wayne as a French nobleman who becomes a masked crimefighter carrying convicted innocents out of France, a la The Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • Batman: Scar of the Bat (1996) – A masked avenger helps Eliot Ness take on Al Capone in 1920s Prohibition Chicago.
  • Batman: Two Faces (1998) – A recasting of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as a Victorian era Bruce Wayne tries to purge both his own evil side, which is a version of the Joker, and that of Two-Face.
  • Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham (1999) – A heroic Catwoman (based in Kyle Manor) battles a psychotic Batman. (two issues)
  • Daredevil/Batman: Eye for an Eye (Marvel 1997) – Marvel/DC crossover, officially labelled an Elseworlds tale.
  • Robin 3000 (1992) – A teenage descendant of Bruce Wayne battles an alien invasion at the turn of the next millennium. (two issues)

Superman Elseworlds[edit]

Superman/Batman Elseworlds[edit]

  • Elseworld's Finest (1997) – Batman and Superman in a 1920s pulp adventure; a play on the phrase World's Finest, which was the title of a long-running DC Comics series that featured these two heroes. (two issues)
  • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl (1998) – In a world in which Bruce Wayne never became Batman and the infant Kal-El did not survive the destruction of Krypton, the orphaned Barbara Gordon becomes Gotham's near-dictatorial protector as Batgirl and Kara Zor-El joins the Justice Society as Supergirl.
  • Superman & Batman: Doom Link (1995) – A cyberpunk story. This book was only available with Kenner Toys' Cyber-Link Superman and Batman Action Figure Two-Pack.
  • Superman & Batman: Generations (1998–1999) A retelling of the Superman and Batman mythos, with the heroes and characters in the DC Universe aging in real-time from a first meeting in 1929 and stretching onwards. (four issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Superman & Batman: Generations II (2001), focusing on characters in the DC Universe besides Superman and Batman. (four issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Superman & Batman: Generations III (2003), covering a 1,000-year battle against Darkseid. (12 issues)
  • Superman and Batman: World's Funnest (2000) – Superman's extra-dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk meets Batman's extra-dimensional imp Bat-Mite and chaos ensues as they chase each other throughout the DC Multiverse.
  • Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons (2007) - Not labelled as an Elseworlds, but collects the imaginary stories from World's Finest featuring the teenage sons of Superman and Batman and includes the "Superman Jr. Is No More!" story from the cancelled Elseworlds 80-Page Giant No. 1 (in the title, Super Sons is spelled without a hyphen).

Justice League Elseworlds[edit]

  • JLA: Act of God (2000–2001) – When a strange energy hits Earth, heroes and villains alike lose their superpowers. Some refuse to give in to defeat, while some disappear into the woodwork and others undergo a rebirth as the Phoenix Group. (three issues)
  • JLA: Age of Wonder (2003) – A Justice League created during the Industrial Age. (two issues)
  • JLA: Created Equal (2000) – A cosmic plague hits Earth, killing all men except for Superman and Lex Luthor. (two issues)
  • JLA: Destiny (2002) – In a world where Superman and Batman never existed, Thomas Wayne creates his own Justice League. (four issues)
  • JLA: The Island of Dr. Moreau (2002) – Set in the 1880s, the League is combined with Dr. Moreau's animal-men.
  • JLA: The Nail (1998) – The world is without Superman after a punctured tire prevents the discovery of baby Kal-El by the Kents. The Justice League is a group of heroes whom the media deem as dangerous aliens as a lethal conspiracy seeks to undermine all that they stand for. (three issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004) – With the discovery of Superman and his addition to the Justice League, the heroes must maintain their good face to the public. (three issues, collected)
  • JLA: Riddle of the Beast (2001) – High fantasy story as young Robin Drake leads the armies of the world against Etrigan the Demon. (HC)
  • JLA: The Secret Society of Super-Heroes (2000) – Superpowered beings keep their existence a secret and the Justice League is an unaccountable conspiracy. (two issues)
  • JLA: Shogun of Steel (2002) – Set in feudal Japan.
  • Justice Riders (1997) – The JLI as a group of marshals, gamblers, inventors and various other characters in the Wild West.
  • League of Justice (1996) – A quartet of teenagers find themselves joined up with fantasy fiction versions of the Justice League members. (two issues)
  • Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta (2002) – An alternate version of the Planetary team meet an alternate version of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

Justice Society Elseworlds[edit]

  • JSA: The Liberty Files (2004) – two two-issue miniseries collected into one volume:
    • JSA: The Liberty File (1999–2000) – The Justice Society as a special operations team during World War II. (two issues)
    • JSA: The Unholy Three (2003) – Six years after the events of JSA: The Liberty File, the JSA is recalled to active duty with a new member on their team: Clark "Superman" Kent. (two issues)
  • The Golden Age (1993) – A story set at the end of the Golden Age of Comics as superheroes become targets for an ambitious hero-turned-senator and his protégé new-age hero. (four issues, collected).[note 2]

DC Universe Elseworlds[edit]

  • Conjurors (1999) – In a magic-centric reality, the machinations of Jonathan Arcane set those who control magic against those from whom it was stolen. (three issues)
  • Elseworlds 80-Page Giant No. 1 (1999) – See link for details.
  • Flashpoint (1999) – A world where the Flash was the only superhero until he lost the use of his legs. (three issues)
  • Kamandi: At Earth's End (1993) – A grown Kamandi finds himself caught in a battle between Mother and Superman. (six issues)
  • Kingdom Come (1996) – See link for details. (four issues) (HC, SC)
    • Associated: The Kingdom (1998) – Not technically Elseworlds, but a loose sequel to Kingdom Come. The collected series of comic books consists of:
      • New Year's Evil: Gog (1998) – A young boy saved from the Kansas attacks by Superman becomes a prophet to the hero that he deems Heaven-sent, but when he learns of his savior's transgressions, his worldview shatters, and the group of demigods known as the Quintessence attempt to give him a new purpose.
      • The Kingdom #1 (1998) – With Gog on a time-travelling rampage against Superman, the future heroes must band together to save the child of Superman and Wonder Woman. In addition, the Linear Men select a group of younger heroes to assist in the effort.
      • The Kingdom: Nightstar (1998) – Focusing on the daughter of Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Starfire, and her efforts to save the child.
      • The Kingdom: Son of the Bat (1998) – Ibn al Xu'ffasch, the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, tries to restore the balance to his reality by recruiting various former villains to his aid.
      • The Kingdom: Offspring (1998) – The son of Plastic Man attempts – in his rather comical way – to prevent the end of the world that he knows.
      • The Kingdom: Kid Flash (1998) – Iris West, daughter of Wally West (the Flash) combats her feelings of abandonment from her father, the apathy of her brother, and the crisis that could destroy her reality.
      • The Kingdom: Planet Krypton (1998) – A young runaway working as a Supergirl waitress at Booster Gold's hero-themed restaurant "Planet Krypton" starts seeing ghosts of other realities; superheroes that may or may not have existed.
      • The Kingdom No. 2 (1998) – Circumstances force the future Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to recruit the help of their younger, modern-day selves to save the most powerful child in Hypertime in the final clash with Gog.
    • Associated: Justice Society of America Kingdom Come Special: Superman (2008) – Part of the "Thy Kingdom Come" storyline, and not an actual Elseworlds. It fills in details about Lois Lane's death at the hands of the Joker as mentioned in Kingdom Come.

Green Lantern Elseworlds[edit]

Teen Titans Elseworlds[edit]

Wonder Woman Elseworlds[edit]

Elseworlds Annuals (1994)[edit]

The DC Annuals in 1994 featured Elseworlds stories.

  • Action Comics Annual No. 6 – "Legacy" – A Kryptonian named Gar-El flees Krypton and conquers 18th century Earth. 200 years later, his descendant Kal fights against his rule. Written and drawn by John Byrne.
    • "Doomsday for the Fifth Dimension": A short story which was published alongside "Legacy". Written by Dennis Janke and Louise Simonson, and illustrated by Janke, the story shows baby Kal-El's rocketship landing not on Earth, but in the Fifth Dimension, and having grown to adult size, begins unintentionally wreaking havoc on its denizens until he is stopped by King Mxyzptlk.
  • Adventures of Superman Annual No. 6 – "The Super Seven Part I: The Longest Night" – Long after Earth has been conquered by aliens, only seven superheroes remain.
  • Batman Annual No. 18 – "Black Masterpiece" – Leonardo da Vinci's apprentice uses his master's hang-glider design to fight crime.
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Annual No. 4 – "Citizen Wayne" – Batman as Citizen Kane.
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual No. 2 – "The Tyrant" – In a totalitarian Gotham, Batman prevents crime by suppressing all dissent. Anarky leads the resistance.
  • Catwoman Annual No. 1 – "The Last Man" – Talia al Ghul as a 14th-century werecat fighting Crusaders.
  • Deathstroke the Terminator Annual No. 3 – "Journey's End" – Deathstroke survives into a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Detective Comics Annual No. 7 – "Leatherwing" – Batman translated into a traditional tale of piracy on the high seas.
  • Flash Annual No. 7 – "The Barry Allen Story" – A crippled Wally West sells Barry Allen's story to a film studio.
  • Green Lantern Annual No. 3 – "Ring of Evil" – Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner as Nazis, with John Stewart leading the resistance.
  • Justice League America Annual No. 8 – "The Once and Future League" – A century after the League was destroyed by Felix Faust, a new version is formed.
  • Justice League International Annual No. 5 – "No Rules to Follow" – On an alternate Earth where metahumans are shunned and feared, several of them (Superman, the Shark, Fire, the Flash, Dr. Light, Dr. Polaris, Power Girl, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle) come together as the Justice League.
  • L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual No. 5 – "The Man From L.E.G.I.O.N. 007" – Lobo as a James Bond parody and other spoofs: "L.E.G.I.O.N. Archives", "L.E.G.I.O.N. 90210", "L.E.G.I.O.N. by Gaslight", "WomanMan with Girl the Boy Wonder", "Elseworlds Rejects".
  • Legionnaires Annual No. 1 – "Castles in the Air" – The Legion as a futuristic version of the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual No. 5 – "The Long Road Home" – The Legion in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
  • Lobo Annual No. 2 – "A Fistful of Bastiches" – Assorted Western tales.
  • New Titans Annual No. 10 – "Facets" – Heroic fantasy version of the battle against Trigon.
  • Robin Annual No. 3 – "The Narrow Path" – In feudal Japan, the apprentice of the Bat-Ninja learns his true destiny.
  • Steel Annual No. 1 – "Crucible of Freedom" – John Henry Irons as a plantation slave who fights for his family's freedom before the American Civil War.
  • Superboy Annual No. 1 – "The Super Seven Part II: The Men of Steel" – Continuing the story from Adventures of Superman Annual #6.
  • Superman Annual #6 – "The Feral Man of Steel" – In 19th century India, Kal-El is raised by wolves. Loosely based on Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories, with added elements of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan novels.
  • Superman: The Man of Steel Annual No. 3 – "Unforgiven" – Jor-El convinces the Science Council to relocate selected Kryptonians to Earth. 20 years later, his son must help humans and Kryptonians live in harmony.
  • Team Titans Annual No. 2 – "Into the Light" – A space opera version of the battle against Lord Chaos.
  • Superman/Batman: Alternate Histories (1996) – reprints the stories "Leatherwing", "Legacy", "Crucible of Freedom" and "Citizen Wayne" from the above.

Legends of the Dead Earth Annuals (1996)[edit]

Earth is dead. Those who once might have called it home are long scattered to the endless stars. But in that scattering, on a thousand different worlds, by a thousand different ways...Earth's greatest legends live on.

While these annuals were not labelled or advertised as being Elseworlds, they have been considered by some as Elseworlds due to their theme.[citation needed] In some instances (such as Starman Annual No. 1 and Legionnaires Annual #3) stories and events shown within them were part of DC continuity.

  • Action Comics Annual No. 8 – "A World of Hurt"
  • Adventures of Superman Annual No. 8 – "Superman Forever"
  • Aquaman Annual No. 2
  • Azrael Annual No. 2 – "Night's Fall"
  • Batman Annual No. 20 – "Fables of the Bat-Man"
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #4
  • Catwoman Annual #3
  • Detective Comics Annual #9 – "War-Bat"
  • Flash Annual #9 – "Silent Running"
  • Green Lantern Annual #5 – "The Value of I, Nobler in the Mind...!"
  • Guy Gardner: Warrior Annual #2 – "Hypersensitive"
  • Impulse Annual No. 1 – "Speed Force!"
  • Justice League America Annual No. 10 – "The Alliance"
  • Legends of the Dark Knight No. 6
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual No. 7
  • Legionnaires Annual No. 3 – "The Long Road Home" (shows XS' time travel journey back to her own time, thus in continuity)
  • Power of Shazam Annual No. 1 – "True Believers" (character later appears in mainstream continuity)
  • Robin Annual No. 5 – "The Iron Sky"
  • Sovereign Seven Annual No. 2 – "Memento Mori"
  • Starman Annual No. 1 (stories referred to in regular series; thus in continuity)
  • Superboy Annual No. 3 "Fathers and Suns"
  • Supergirl Annual No. 1 – "Surrogate", "The Legend Lives On", "Shootout at Ice Flats"
  • Superman Annual No. 8 – "The League of Supermen"
  • Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #5 – "The Never Ending Battle"
  • Wonder Woman Annual #5 – "The Unremembered"

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Elseworlds: Batman Volume 1 Batman: Holy Terror, Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat, Robin 3000 #1–2, Batman/Dark Joker: The Wild, Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop, Batman: Castle of the Bat, Batman: In Darkest Knight, Batman: Dark Allegiances April 26, 2016 9781401260743
Elseworlds: Justice League Volume 1 Elseworld's Finest #1–2, Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl, Justice Riders, League of Justice #1–2, Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone, Wonder Woman: Amazonia July 19, 2016 9781401263775
Elseworlds: Batman Volume 2 Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm, Batman: Crimson Mist October 11, 2016 9781401269821
Elseworlds: Justice League Volume 2 JLA: Act of God #1–3, Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1, Superman's Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu, Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon July 25, 2017 9781401268558
Elseworlds: Superman Volume 1 Superman: Speeding Bullets, Superman: Kal, Superman: Distant Fires, Superman: A Nation Divided, Superman, Inc., Superman: War of the Worlds February 13, 2018 9781401271183
Elseworlds: Batman Volume 3 Batman: KnightGallery, Batman: Brotherhood of the Bat, Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table #1-2, Batman: Scar of the Bat, Batman: Masque June 19, 2018 9781401265960
Elseworlds: Superman Volume 2 Son of Superman, Superboy's Legion #1–2, Superman: True Brit, Supergirl: Wings April 16, 2019 9781401288938
Elseworlds: Justice League Volume 3 Conjurors #1–3, Flashpoint #1–3, Superman and Batman: World's Funnest, JLA: Created Equal #1–2, Green Lantern: 1001 Emerald Nights February 26, 2019 9781401287917

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Although not officially labelled an Elseworlds tale, the story is a sequel to Daredevil/Batman: Eye for an Eye (Marvel Comics 1997), which was labelled as an Elseworlds tale.
  2. ^ The trade paperback of this story retitles it JSA: The Golden Age.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Booker, M. Keith (2014). Comics through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. ABC-CLIO. p. 1293. ISBN 0313397511. Retrieved March 5, 2016.

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