Our favourite fearsome shared universes from f ilm, TV and comics…
The Universal Monsters
grandaddy of all horror crossovers began when Lon Chaney Jr’s lycanthropy-plagued Lawrence Talbot tangoed with Bela Lugosi’s Frankenstein monster. The two went on to meet Count Dracula, the Mummy and the Invisible Man.
The Toho Universe
Japan’s Co, Ltd reigned for decades as the world’s leading purveyor of giant monster movies, the ultimate of which — director Ishirô Honda’s Destroy All Monsters — featured a then record eleven kaiju, among them Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah.
Though some may prefer its more highbrow contemporary The Addams Family, ’ 60s scare- com The Munsters gave us a world in which the Frankenstein monster could marry a vampire and raise a werewolf… not to mention a pet dragon.
The Marvel Monster Universe
Like its superheroes before them, Marvel’s monsters have crossed over into one another’s titles, among them artist Mike Ploog’s
Werewolf By Night and The Monster Of Frankenstein ( written by Gerry Conway and Gary Friedrich, respectively), and Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman’s Tomb Of Dracula.
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League Of
Extraordinary Gentlemen, like Penny Dreadful, unites characters from throughout Victorian literature, but its monsters are its most memorable element – including particularly chilling versions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Mr Hyde and HG Wells’ Invisible Man.