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Batman versus Predator is a three-issue limited crossover comic book series that was first published by DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics from December 1991-February 1992. It was written by Dave Gibbons, pencilled by Andy Kubert, inked by Adam Kubert, colored by Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh, lettered by Adam Kubert, and edited by Diana Schutz, Denny O'Neil, Randy Stradley, Kelley Puckett and Jenette Kahn. The series was simultaneously published in both regular and prestige formats; the covers for the regular series were by Chris Warner and Gregory Wright, while the covers for the prestige version were by Arthur Suydam.
An immense success at the time of its original release, the series was eventually followed by two sequels, Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch, from December 1993-March 1994, and Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties, from December 1997-February 1998.
Batman versus Predator was the first comic book produced by Dark Horse that crossed the company's Aliens/Predator/Aliens vs. Predator properties with another franchise. It began a series of franchise crossover comics that has continued irregularly ever since, involving both other Dark Horse properties and those from other major publishers. In the overall Dark Horse crossover comics line, Batman versus Predator was followed by Predator versus Magnus, Robot Fighter.
The prestige version of the comic featured different cover art, was printed on different paper stock and came with a selection of trading cards. These trading cards featured work by artists John Byrne, Matt Wagner, Chris Warner, Tim Sale, Gregory Wright, Mike Mignola, Sam Kieth, Steve Rude, Jackson Guice, Chris Chalenor, Lovern Kindzierski, Art Adams, Adam Hughes, Michael W. Kaluta, Walter Simonson, Richmond Lewis, Tom Yeates, John Higgins, Joe Kubert and Sam Parsons. The trading card images were also featured as pin-ups in issue #2.
#1: The hunter becomes the hunted as Batman, Earth's ultimate detective, is pitted against Predator, the galaxy's most ruthless hunter! Neither is known for their ability to compromise, assuring readers a break-neck paced three-issue series!
#2: The hunter becomes the hunted as the tale of Batman, Earth's ultimate detective, is pitted against Predator in the second installment of this blockbuster comics event.
#3: The final showdown takes place in the Batcave, as the wily Predator hitches a ride on the Batmobile. But man versus alien it isn't, as Batman discovers that Predator is not alone!
The comic was collected and released as a trade paperback in April 1993, with the title Batman versus Predator: The Collected Edition. The release was edited by Kij Johnson and Bob Kahan and featured a new cover by series writer Dave Gibbons.
Batman versus Predator was collected again as part of the DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics: Batman vs. Predator trade paperback, alongside the sequel stories Batman versus Predator II: Bloodmatch and Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties. The collection was released in June 2017. The cover art, by Mike Mignola, was taken from one of the trading cards included with the prestige edition of the original comic.
Behind the Scenes
The overwhelming success of Batman versus Predator would pave the way for numerous other crossover series involving Dark Horse Comics' various properties, the Aliens and Predator lines in particular, with other Dark Horse franchises as well as those from other companies. The comic would also inspire the popular and influential 2003 fan short film Batman: Dead End.
Brother comic book illustrators Andy and Adam Kubert are the sons of famed comic book illustrator and educator Joe Kubert — founder of the Kubert School of Cartooning in New Jersey, from which many successful comics have emerged. Both brothers would go on to successful careers as comics illustrators in their own right, in such high profile titles as Marvel's X-men, DC's Batman and countless others.
Writer Dave Gibbons is also a famed comic book illustrator who was co-creator as artist with writer Alan Moore of DC's groundbreaking Watchmen, which was later turned into a theatrical film of the same name.
- Several sets of the original run of three issues were given away as part of a contest run in Aliens magazine, Vol. 2 #2.
- "Hasslein Blog - The Alien/Predator Comic Strips, Part Two". Retrieved on 2015-06-15.
- Sandy Collora, Daren Hicks, Simon Tams, Gregory Ramoundos. The Making of 'Batman: Dead End' (2003), Sharpline Arts [YouTube].