Our favourite fear­some shared uni­verses from f ilm, TV and comics…

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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.

The Mun­sters

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.

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