List of Elseworlds publications

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

Batman Elseworlds[edit]

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", a long running DC Comics series feature these two heroes. (2 issues)
  • Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl (1998) - In a world in which Bruce Wayne never became Batman and the infant Kal-El didn't survive the destruction of Krypton, the orphaned Barbara Gordon becomes Gotham's near-dictatorial protector and Kara Zor-El teams with Lex Luthor and the Justice League as Supergirl.
  • Superman & Batman: Doom Link (1995) - A cyberpunk story. This book was only available with Kenner Toys' Cyber-Link Superman & Batman Action Figure Two-Pack.
  • Superman & Batman: Generations (1998–1999) A retelling of the Superman & Batman mythos, with the heroes and characters in the DCU aging in real-time from a first meeting in 1929 and stretching onwards. (4 issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Superman & Batman: Generations II (2001), focusing on characters in the DCU besides Superman & Batman. (4 issues, collected)
    • Sequel: Superman & Batman: Generations III (2003), covering a 1000-year battle against Darkseid. (12 issues)
  • Superman and Batman: World's Funnest (2000) - Superman's extra-dimensional pest Mr. Mxyzptlk meets Batman's extra-dimensional pest Bat-Mite, and chaos ensues as they chase each other throughout the multiverse.
  • Superman/Batman: Saga of the Super Sons (2007) - Not labelled as 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. (in the title, Super Sons is spelled without a hyphen)

Justice League Elseworlds[edit]

  • JLA: Act of God (2000-1) - 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. (3 issues)
  • JLA: Age of Wonder (2003) - A Justice League created during the Industrial Age. (2 issues)
  • JLA: Created Equal (2000) - A cosmic plague hits Earth, killing all men except for Superman and Lex Luthor. (2 issues)
  • JLA: Destiny (2002) - In a world where Superman and Batman never existed, Thomas Wayne creates his own Justice League. (4 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 they stand for. (3 issues, collected)
    • Sequel: JLA: 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. (3 issues)
  • JLA: Riddle of the Beast (2001) - High fantasy story as young Robin Drake leads the armies of the World against Etrigan. (HC)
  • JLA: The Secret Society of Super-Heroes (2000) - Superpowered beings keep their existence quiet and the JLA becomes an unaccountable conspiracy. (2 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. (2 issues)
  • Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta (2002) - An alternate version of the Planetary team meet an alternate version of the JLA triumvirate - Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Justice Society Elseworlds[edit]

  • JSA: The Liberty Files (2004) - two two-issue mini-series collected into one volume:
    • JSA: The Liberty File (1999–2000) - The Justice Society as a special operations team during World War II. (2 issues)
    • JSA: The Unholy Three (2003) - Six years after the events of The Liberty File, the JSA is recalled to active duty with a new member on their team: Clark "Superman" Kent. (2 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. (4 issues, collected).[note 3]

DCU 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. (3 issues)
  • Elseworlds 80-Page Giant (1999) - See link for details.
  • Flashpoint (1999) - A world where the Flash was the only superhero until he lost the use of his legs. (3 issues) Not to be confused with the 2011 storyline of the same name.
  • Green Lantern: Evil's Might (2002) - Featuring Green Lantern; set in New York City around 1888. (3 issues)
  • Green Lantern: 1001 Emerald Nights (2001) - A Green Lantern story in classical Arabic setting.
  • Kamandi: At Earth's End (1993) - A grown Kamandi finds himself caught in a battle between Mother and Superman. (6 issues)
  • Kingdom Come (1996) - See link for details. (4 issues) (HC, SC)
    • Associated: The Kingdom (1998) - Not technically Elseworlds, but a loose sequel to Kingdom Come. The collected set of 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 he deems heaven sent, but when he learns of his savior's transgressions, his worldview shatters, and the group of demi-gods 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.
      • Nightstar (1998) - Focusing on the daughter of Dick Grayson (Nightwing) and Starfire, and her efforts to save the child.
      • Son of the Bat (1998) - Ibn al Xu'ffasch, son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, tries to restore the balance to his reality by recruiting various former villains to his aid.
      • Offspring (1998) - The son of Plastic Man attempts - in his rather comical way - to prevent the end of the world he knows.
      • 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.
      • 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; heroes that may or may not have existed.
      • The Kingdom #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.
  • Teen Titans: The Lost Annual (2008) - The original Teen Titans go into space to save John F. Kennedy. It was originally planned for release in 2003 as the Teen Titans Swingin' Elseworlds Special, but its release was cancelled even though the book was finished. An interview on Newsarama revealed that DC would release the book in January 2008 as part of their "Lost Annual" series, which they did.[1]
  • Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone (1997) - A futuristic manga-style Teen Titans tale. The story was originally intended as the Titans' installment of the Legends of the Dead Earth annuals, but was reworked as a standalone Elseworlds special.[citation needed]
  • Wonder Woman: Amazonia (1997) - A Victorian era Wonder Woman battles Jack the Ripper and the society that created him. This is the only Elseworlds title to date published in an oversized 8" x 11" "Graphic Album Format" rather than standard comic book size.[citation needed]
  • Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon (2003) - Sequel to Superman's Metropolis and Batman: Nosferatu, based loosely on The Blue Angel and Doctor Mabuse, and featuring Wonder Woman.

Elseworlds Annuals (1994)[edit]

The annuals in 1994 featured Elseworlds stories.

  • Action Comics Annual #6 - "Legacy" - A Kryptonian named Gar-El flees Krypton and conquers 18th century Earth. Two hundred 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 in the fifth dimension, and having grown to adult size, begins unintentionally wreaking havoc on its denizens until it is stopped by King Mxyzptlk.
  • Adventures of Superman Annual #6 - "The Super Seven Part I: The Longest Night" - Long after Earth has been conquered by aliens, only seven superheroes remain.
  • Batman Annual #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 #4 - "Citizen Wayne" - Batman as Citizen Kane.
  • Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual #2 - "The Tyrant" - In a totalitarian Gotham, Batman prevents crime by suppressing all dissent. Anarky leads the resistance.
  • Catwoman Annual #1 - "The Last Man" - Talia al Ghul as a 14th-century werecat fighting Crusaders.
  • Deathstroke, the Terminator Annual #3 - "Journey's End" - Deathstroke survives into a post-apocalyptic world.
  • Detective Comics Annual #7 - "Leatherwing" - Batman translated into a traditional tale of piracy on the high seas.
  • Flash Annual #7 - "The Barry Allen Story" - A crippled Wally West sells Barry Allen's story to a film studio.
  • Green Lantern Annual #3 - "Ring of Evil" - Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner as Nazis with John Stewart leading the resistance.
  • Justice League America Annual #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 #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 #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", "LEGION by Gaslight", "WomanMan with Girl the Boy Wonder", "Elseworlds Rejects".
  • Legionnaires Annual #1 - "Castles in the Air" - The Legion as a futuristic version of the Knights of the Round Table.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #5 - "The Long Road Home" - The Legion in The Wizard of Oz.
  • Lobo Annual #2 - "A Fistful of Bastiches" - Assorted Western tales.
  • New Titans Annual #10 - "Facets" - Heroic fantasy version of the battle against Trigon.
  • Robin Annual #3 - "The Narrow Path" - In feudal Japan, the apprentice of the Bat ninja learns his true destiny.
  • Steel Annual #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 #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 #3 - "Unforgiven" - Jor-El convinces the Science Council to relocate selected Kryptonians to Earth. Twenty years later, his son must help humans and Kryptonians live in harmony.
  • Team Titans Annual #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.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This title was solicited as an Elseworlds issue, but was not officially branded as such, despite including all-Elseworlds stories.
  2. ^ Although not officially labelled an Elseworlds tale, the story nevertheless refers back to Daredevil/Batman: Eye for an Eye (Marvel Comics, 1997) which was labelled as such. That the two are in the same continuity clearly marks this as an Elseworlds tale.
  3. ^ The current TPB of this story retitles it as JSA: The Golden Age.

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