The world of comics is a pretty weird place. Over the years, we’ve seen some unsightly things! We’ve already put together a list of our top WTF moments in comics, which featured some really weird stuff. But this got us thinking, which titles are just weird from start to finish?
In this list we’ll be going through some of the weirdest comics ever. Including the weirdest story arcs, specific issues, and comic runs from specific writers/artists. Expect entries from some of the weirdest DC Comics, Marvel Comics and also entries from some of the lesser-known weird graphic novels out there.
Here are The 15 weirdest comics ever!
1. Archie Meets the Punisher
As you’ll see in this list, the Archie writers definitely weren’t opposed to strange crossovers over with characters who are worlds apart both in tone and genre. One of the most unexpected team-ups/crossovers happened when they collaborated with Marvel Comics in August of 1994 to create Archie meets The Punisher.
The story sees The Punisher hunting down a drug dealer named Red. The only problem is Red is almost identical to Archie. So naturally, this lands Archie right in The Punisher’s crosshairs. Of course, eventually The Punisher realises what’s going on and they all team up to take on Red.
The Punisher in this story is pretty tame compared to his normal self. However, this is still an Archie/Punisher team-up, so to call it weird would be an understatement! To make things even weirder, there’s even a Wolverine cameo at the end teasing another weird crossover that sadly never happened.
2. Suicidal Sex Worms – World’s Finest Comics #289 (1977)
This is one of the weirdest DC comics storylines we’ve ever seen. This issue is just full to the brim with weirdness. Firstly, the story begins with Superman and Batman heading over to the fortress of solitude to talk about their feelings. I mean, really? Batman talking about his feelings?
Making things even weirder, a meteor containing worm-like aliens mysteriously crash lands right by them. These aliens reveal that they must reproduce in order to survive and to do this, they must first be “fed” with emotions. A process which must be repeated until Earth has nothing left to give.
However, after experiencing the beautiful emotions they encountered on Earth, the aliens have a change of heart and decide that they would rather die than destroy it. So, the heroes cry as they watch the “space-worms” engage in their bizarre mating-suicide ritual. Giving us one of the weirdest moments in dc comics history.
3. The Doom Patrol Omnibus by Grant Morrison
If we’re talking weird graphic novels, we can’t go long without mentioning Grant Morrison. Everything he writes has its own unique flavour of weird. So, naturally there were a lot of stories to choose from. However, we’ve decided to talk about one of his earlier works, Doom Patrol (DC Comics).
In recent years, Doom Patrol has seen a massive boost in popularity due to the brilliant HBO Max original show that focuses on the team. But if you’ve ever read Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol run, you’ll know that most of the weird and wonderful stuff on the show came from him.
There are so many things to unpack from his run! There’s Flex Mentallo, a superhero that can change reality by flexing certain muscles, Danny the Street, a male transvestite that is also a literal living street and let’s not forget the Sex Ghosts! These are just a few of the weird things found in his strange yet captivating run on Doom Patrol.
4. Basketful of Heads by Image Comics
Written by Joe Hill and released under DC Black Label’s horror imprint Hill House, Basketful of Heads is definitely one of the weirdest horror comics we’ve ever seen! The story is full of weird and wonderful characters but none weirder than the titular talking heads that the comic is named after…
So, how did they come to be you ask? Well, our main character June Branch beheaded them with a magic Viking axe that allowed them to keep living despite being separated by their bodies. Weird right? You know what’s even weirder? The heads don’t seem to be remotely bothered about the whole thing.
June then decides to carry these heads around with her in a basket as she collects even more from the unsuspecting villains trying to kill her. Why does she carry them in a basket with her? Your guess is as good as mine, but the comics sequel Refrigerator Full of Heads began in 2021, so it looks like she gets tired of carrying them all around at some point. (Fun fact: Joe Hill is actually Steven King’s son, Joseph King using a pseudonym)
5. What If? Vol 2 #34
Most fans will be familiar with Marvel’s What if? comic series after it was recently made popular by the Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ show of the same name. But for those of you who don’t already know, What if? is a series of one shot comics that ask “What If” certain events and facts in the Marvel universe were different? What greater effects would these changes have on the rest of the Marvel universe?
As you can imagine, these scenarios were often very weird, and What if? definitely deserves to have a top ten weirdest comics list of its own. However, if we had to pick one for this list it would probably have to be What if? Vol. 2 #34 (1992).
In this “all-star humor special” we see some pretty crazy short (in some cases single panel) stories. These included “What if Spider-Man had a son?” in which we saw Spider-Man as the father to a blue half-spider half-human baby, “What if Thanos changed Galactus into a human being?” in a story where we see Galactus transformed into a reincarnated Elvis Presley and let’s not forget “What if The Leader decided to buy a hat?” Seriously, this comic was a non-stop bombardment of weird and random stuff.
6. Archie Vs. Predator
As we mentioned before, Archie Comics were definitely not afraid of strange crossovers. But Archie Vs. Predator? Made as a collaboration between Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics, Archie Vs. Predator makes Archie Meets The Punisher look like a Strawberry Shortcake crossover in comparison.
In what is no doubt the most violent Archie comic of all time, Predator hunts down the Riverdale Gang one by one. And trust me when I say this comic definitely does not pull any punches on the gory violence Predator fans have grown to expect either. The deaths in this comic are absolutely brutal. To put things into perspective, there’s one scene within which Predator stabs Sabrina Spellman through the torso, grabs her head and rips her spine from her body!
One of the things that makes this bloody violence even more disturbing and weird is the fact that the comic is drawn in the classic Archie Comics art style. And the craziest thing of all is that it doesn’t look out of place either. It actually fits in pretty well.
7. Chuck Austen’s X-Men run
The X-Men are one of Marvel’s most beloved teams and before the days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe the X-Men were easily the most popular team amongst Marvel fans boasting some of the greatest comic books stories of all time. However, Chuck Austen’s runs on X-men and Uncanny X-Men that spanned from 2002 to 2005 are labelled as some of the worst and downright weirdest comics of all time and for good reason too!
There are so many things to digest in his three year run… like the time when Angel (Warren Worthington III) had sex with a barely legal Husk in mid-air, right in front of her mother and the rest of the X-Men roster.
Another moment that springs to mind is the storyline that saw a group of radicals crucify Jubilee and various other X-Men as part of their weird plan to discredit the catholic church by making Nightcrawler the Pope and killing people with disintegrating communion wafers? It seriously bewilders me how Chuck Austen came up with this stuff.
8. Hitman, All-Star Section Eight
Created by John McCrea, Steve Dillon and the brilliant Garth Ennis, Section Eight is probably the weirdest DC Comics superhero team I’ve ever come across. Taking their name “Section Eight” from the military discharge category used when a soldier was deemed mentally unfit for active duty, Section Eight is just that. They are a team of rejects, with each team member being more messed up than the last.
Their team leader Six Pack is a drunken, powerless slob, prone to hallucinations and delusions. Forever fabricating tall tales of past glory during his drunken ramblings. He once claimed that he fought Doomsday and Bane at the same time (I mean have you seen the guy?). Then there’s Bueno Excellente, a stealth expert that “fights evil with the power of perversion” and only ever says two words, bueno and excellente. All of his battles appear off screen and heavily allude to him violating his foes (YIKES!).
Other members of the team include The Defenestrator, a discount Terminator knock off who carries around a window to throw people through, Dogwelder, a guy that fights crime by welding dead dogs to people’s faces, Friendly Fire, a pyrokinetic (someone with the ability to control and/or produce flames) with aim so terrible he often hits his allies instead of his enemies and Jean de Baton-Baton, who fights evil with the power of frenchiness whilst armed with a baton, a loaf of French bread, rings of garlic and onions. Definitely the weirdest DC Comics characters of all time!
9. Rainbow Batman Detective Comics #241
This next one is not only one of the weirdest batman comics, but it also gave us one of the weirdest comic covers we’ve ever seen. In this issue of Detective Comics, we see “The Rainbow Batman” wearing multiple different coloured Batsuits throughout the story. It’s a really strange story that begins with Robin saving someone in his civilian identity and breaking his arm in the process.
After this we just see Batman randomly changing the colour of his outfit every other panel. There’s no direct reference as to why he’s doing this until the very end when Batman reveals that he was doing this to distract everyone from seeing Robin’s injured arm and discovering his secret identity.
Of course, this logic makes absolutely no sense at all. People would still see Robin’s arm despite the fact “The Dark Knight” is dressed from head to toe in a rainbow coloured Batsuit punching people in the face. But this is 1950s comic logic so what can we say?
10. Marvel Swimsuit Special
The Marvel Swimsuit Special was an annual that ran from 1991-1995 and boy…these are probably some of the weirdest marvel comics in existence. I’m not sure who’s idea it was to run this title but it’s pretty much what it sounds like. Our favourite fictional heroes drawn in sexually suggestive spreads that were so cringeworthy they would make even Toad’s skin crawl.
These comics were just page after page of Marvel characters wearing next to nothing. As if the female superheroes costumes weren’t revealing enough already, they had to take it one step further and give us Medusa completely naked with only her most private parts covered up by her long red locks.
As if the images alone weren’t enough, they also wrote sexual innuendos to caption the images. In one image we see Storm creating a mini rain cloud over Kitty Pryde with the caption calling Kitty “one cat who likes to get wet”. But worse than all of this nothing can relieve my brain of the damage done by the image of The Punisher in a skull shaped mankini… Thanks for that Marvel!
11. The Widening Gyre – Batman pees himself
Ask fans about Kevin Smith and you’ll get mixed responses. Personally, he holds a special place in my heart for his run on Daredevil (The Guardian Devil storyline) that kicked off an era which in my opinion produced the best Daredevil comics of all time. However, his Batman comics do not hold up to this reputation. In fact, many have deemed them as some of the worst Batman comics ever, and if we’re talking about The Widening Gyre, I agree!
This story arc gave us some of the weirdest batman comics ever. Batman was just not Batman at all. It’s filled with so many outrageous ideas and weird moments that it’s not even considered canon anymore. I don’t even know where to begin! It’s an endless parade of innuendos, drug jokes and toilet humour. Things like Aquaman’s dolphins eavesdropping on Batman whilst he has sex in the ocean.
At one point Batman gets high with Poison Ivy, I mean really? There’s another scene where Batman assaults his new girlfriend and rips her hair out because he thinks she might be a robot. But the most famous and maybe the weirdest is when Batman admits to peeing himself during one of the most pivotal moments at the start of his crimefighting career.
12. Spider-Man: Reign
Spider-Man: Reign is one of the weirdest Spider-Man comics story arcs I’ve come across. It was a 4-part miniseries that began releasing in 2006. Written and drawn by Kaare Andrews, Spider-Man: Reign was intended to be Marvel’s answer to Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. In it we see a 70 year old widowed Peter Parker who jumps back into action to stop the Sinner Six (apparently the Sinister Six change their name in this alternate future), Venom and Reign (the dystopian government of New York City).
Alone this would’ve been a pretty cool premise and it is a pretty well told story too but it’s just full of weird moments that bring it down. Moments that were intended to be edgy like Batman: The Dark Knight Returns but just come off as weird and incredibly creepy.
There are a few things moments we could mention but all of them pale in comparison to the moment when Peter embraces Mary Jane’s decomposed skeleton in tears and reveals that she died because his radioactive sperm gave her cancer! The original first print run also included an image showing Old Man Peter naked on the edge of his bed with his “web shooter” on full display.
13. Ultimates 3
Ultimates 3 was a five part story set in the Marvel Ultimate Universe that was written by Jeph Loeb and published in 2008. This is a notoriously bad comic full of things you’ll wish you has never saw. Which is a shame because Ultimates 1 and Ultimates 2 are the complete opposite. Some say that it may even be the reason they decided to end the Marvel Ultimate Universe (yeah it was that bad).
One of the most famous and also hands down the most disgusting thing to happen in this comic is the incestuous relationship between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Even it had served some sort of purpose it still should not have been included but it didn’t even serve a purpose. It was just a meaningless character assassination and a disgusting one at that.
That alone would be enough for it to make this list but that wasn’t the only thing, there’s more. Iron Man and Black Widow make a sextape that the whole group watch in The Avengers Mansion, Ultron randomly references sex toys during a villainous monologue or there’s the fact that Black Panther joins the team out of nowhere, says nothing the whole book and turns out to be Captain America impersonating him for no apparent reason. Just, why?
14. Detective Comics #222
Detective Comics #222 has one of the weirdest comic covers I’ve ever seen. The story that accompanies it is just as weird. It was written in the 50s, which was a pretty weird time for Batman comics. The story involves a crime syndicated call The Brotherhood of Batmen who for some reason wear Batman masks and suits at the same time.
The story starts with a wealthy yachtsman Ned Judson meeting The Brotherhood of Batmen who convince him that Batman is actually four different people. They then tell him that the fourth Batman died and that they want him to become the new Batman Number Four. They begin to train him then they start asking him for money to fund his “Bat Gadgets”.
Of course, this all turns out to be some kind of ruse to take advantage of Ned’s admiration of Batman in order to steal his money. But this is such a random, contrived plot. It makes no sense at all. Of all the schemes they could’ve come up with they pick this? Why? And Why are they all wearing suits with Batman masks? My head hurts.
15. The New Adventures of Hitler
This is another entry from the brilliantly weird Grant Morrison and WOW, just from the title you can tell this one is going to be a strange one. It’s actually based on the claim that Adolf Hitler had lived with his half-brother Alois Hitler in Liverpool, UK from 1912 to 1913. The book was obviously intended to be comedic satire but that doesn’t take away from its weirdness.
The main plot involves Hitler looking for the holy grail in England. It really is as weird as it sounds. Throughout the book Hitler suffers from weird hallucinations and is driven by his delusional fantasies. In one hilarious panel we see Hitler opening a cupboard to find Morrissey singing “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”.
Just imagine a down on his luck, delusional Adolf Hitler hallucinating and stumbling around the streets of Liverpool, consulting with fortune tellers in search of the holy grail. All while his family talk about how embarrassing he is and how he’ll be sponging of them forever. Are you smiling yet?