DC vs Marvel: On His Worst Behaviour, Ra’s Al Ghul Blackmails Kingpin With Vanessa’s Cancer To Sink New York

DC VS MARVEL

Writer(s)

J.M. DeMatteis


Penciler(s)

Graham Nolan


Publisher

Marvel Comics/DC Comics


Publication Date

January 1997

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

TALIA AL GHUL AND KINGPIN MAKE A DEAL

In Batman and Spider-Man (1997) #1, Kingpin makes a deal with Talia Al Ghul. On Earth-7642, Kingpin and Talia’s organization have been working together. For months, they have been assisting each other’s operations, increasing wealth. But, Talia continues to keep her organization’s head a secret. Strangely, she proposes to import cargo into New York without customs’ interference.

Visibly, Kingpin reveals the terrorist organization’s plan to extend its operations to NYC. Angrily, Fisk declines her proposition. However, Talia offers to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Outside, Batman is spying on the criminals with goggles. Suddenly, Spider-Man comes in and shares intel. When Spider-Man questions if Talia works for a crime cartel, Batman says no. After a brief scuffle, both superheroes agree to work together.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk's cancer.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND SPIDER-MAN SHAKE HANDS

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

KINGPIN MUST ENTER SATELLITE CODES TO SINK NYC IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ANTIDOTE

Surreptitiously, Ra’s Al Ghul lures Kingpin into his lair in Nanda Parbat, Tibet. There, Kingpin learns that Ra’s is long-lived. In fact, the secret of his longevity is the Lazarus Pit. Surprisingly, Ra’s Al Ghul blackmails the Kingpin in order to cure Vanessa’s cancer. In exchange, Kingpin must swear allegiance to Ra’s, the new leader of the world. As a test, Kingpin must punch in the satellite codes to activate devices that will sink NYC.

At that moment, Spider-Man storms into the cave. Violently, a fight follows with Ra’s men. Interestingly, Ra’s senses “The Detective” is not far behind.1 Summarily, the eco-terrorist orders Kingpin to punch the code. When he does, the satellite explodes. Then, it is revealed that Wilson Fisk re-programmed the satellite. Previously, he had amassed a “formidable dossier” on Ra’s in addition to “schematics on his stronghold and operating systems.”1

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra’s Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THE DEMON DOUBLE-CROSSES THE CRIME LORD

In fact, Batman reveals Ra’s Al Ghul manipulated the Kingpin. In reality, the demon caused Vanessa’s cancer to lure Fisk into his plan. When Kingpin found out, he joined forces with Batman. Furthermore, Batman and Spider-Man boarded Fisk’s plane to Tibet. Visibly amused, Ra’s proposes to let the heroes to walk out alive. Even, he offers them transport.

Really, Spider-Man is surprised at Ra’s arrogance. But Batman states the heroes should accept their victory and leave. In fact, none of them would leave alive if Ra’s wanted to. Resolutely, Fisk asks for the antidote to his wife’s cancer. Shockingly, Ra’s lies that there is no antidote. Privately, Talia tells Batman she chooses to both love him and be at his father’s side. In secret, she commissions the antidote to Batman. Finally, Batman gives the antidote to Spider-Man, who delivers it to Fisk.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa's cancer to Wilson Fisk.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa’s cancer to Wilson Fisk. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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REFERENCES

Batman and Spider-Man Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Earth-7642 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman and Spider-Man #1.

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