Updated on 16 October, 2021
Amalgam Comics is a comic publishing imprint where both Marvel Comics and DC Comics merged their comics together to form a new series. The company was started in 1985 and lasted only for one year. The reason why it ended early was because of lack of interest by the readers, but it has gone on to become an important force in comic publishing. Today, it is one of the most popular publishing houses.
Amalgam Comics had a fairly short life span. It began life as Alllore, a joint venture between Marvel and DC. During this time, both comic publishers tried to outdo each other by creating more outlandish and outrageous comic series, drawing from various mythological stories. However, in the case of Amalgam, the concept was that there would be an endless series of super heroes where every character in the comic would have an adventure within the Amalgam Universe. From this concept arose the concept of what we now know as Amalgam, a comic universe where all of the major characters from Marvel's comics and DC's comics would cross over.
What separates Amalgam Comics from other similar comic creations is that it takes place outside of the main superhero universe. The reason why is because the writers wanted to make a superhero with the ability to go toe to toe with super villains. So, while Superman and Batman could take on the likes of Dracula and the Joker, they never got to fight each other in Amalgam, nor did any of the X-Men or any of the other famous superheroes. In fact, the only thing that the X-Men did in the amalgam universe was to blend in and blend the characters so that they didn't look like they were part of the Amalgam Universe. This was done by making each character have an 'owned' form, such as the Phoenix and the Savage Dragon.
For many people, the concept of Amalgam Comics is about a group of teenage X-Men, where they are all owned by the sinister organization called the Dark Claw. However, there are some elements within the comics that can be considered separate from the main storyline, such as the 'Savage Dragon' storyline. Even though the amalgam universe is not officially part of the X-Men comics, there are several references to it throughout the various series and one of these is the 'X-Men Dark Claw' series, which takes place between the issues of 'essions' and 'Apocalypse'.
A lot of the crossover between Amalgam Comics and the main X-Men series has to do with the idea that the X-Men are not real people in the real world. While some aspects of this idea are explored more in the later seasons of the comic, the basics are what started off the crossover conversation. There is also the fact that the X-Men are from the future does not look very good, as mutantkind is being wiped out at an alarming rate. This leads to a scramble for all those who have the power to do something about it, and this is where Amalgam Comics comes into play.
The most obvious character designs that you will find associated with Amalgam Comics are Spider-Boy and Wolverine. There is no reason why these two characters should not feature heavily within the crossover, as they are essentially the most popular and well-known characters within the Marvel Universe. While most of the stories set in the future take place in New York, some take place in the future of California, so there are various crossover locations. The main Amalgam Comics story is in fact a crossover between the X-Men: Omega and X-Men: Darkville teams, which has Cable serving as the mentor of Storm.
There was also an interesting bit of parallel storytelling, where both the X-Men: Darkville teams were once again faced with an impending nuclear war. This led to a major overhaul in both storylines, where the former became the X-Men, and the latter became the X-Men: Darkville. It did not take long for the crossover to be a huge hit among both readers and television audiences, and was later followed up by a second mini-series starring the original versions of both characters. It's possible that the writers of the Amalgam Comics series of Darkville, or the writers for the New York Avengers: Darkville, could tie in either one of these upcoming series to the next, as well.
One of the most interesting things about the Amalgam comics universe is that there are infinite Earths to explore. There was a crossover between the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and the Amalgam characters, which is interesting, considering the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are from an infinite planet. Also, there was an interesting take on the idea of evil villains and the protagonist, known as the Ghost Rider, from the DC comics. There is even an off-shoot series called Ghost Rider: Kill Rage that took place within the Amalgam continuity. It would be exciting to see what sort of spin-off ideas may arise from the immense popularity of the Amalgam television and film franchise.