I was reading the entire comic book series of Venomverse (i.e. #1-5) which is literally the introduction of an entire Venom Universe and a Venom clan known as The Resistance.
In the first few pages of Vol. 1, though, it introduces a villain known as Jack-O-Lantern.
Now, isn't Jack-O-Lantern part of the DC Universe as opposed to the Marvel Universe in which Venom battles against him?
Massive DC fans would surely know about the Crisis Trilogy (composed of three comic book series):
- Crisis on Infinite Earths (April 1985 — March 1986);
- Infinite Crisis (December 2005 — June 2006); and
- Final Crisis (May 2008 — January 2009).
This is because around the time from the beginning of the trilogy, an entire DC Universe was being constructed. Given that there were so many different variations of DC characters, it grew into a DC Multiverse, I guess, but here it did not. There became a mainstream DC Comics universe.
But that is what confuses me. In the first comic book of the trilogy, I remember stumbling upon Jack-O-Lantern amongst a group of heroes that tried to save the world. I don't remember which country they were from, but he was definitely included in the DC Universe.
But now he is in the Marvel universe? (Pursuant to Venomverse). I think he looks different in the comic as opposed to when I first read about him, but doing some research, it turns out the first appearance of Jack-O-Lantern was in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #56.
So, he was first introduced in the Marvel Universe, then introduced in the DC Universe, and now he is back in the Marvel universe — and Spider-Man and Venom are enemies, so why are they fighting the same guy? Even later on in Venomverse, we get an idea of Venom's relationship with Spider-Man, and they aren't really what you would call "friends".
In fact, Venom murdered Jack-O-Lantern, and this was before he was teleported into the Venom Universe!
Please Note: I have not collected the other Venom editions just yet, so if there are any spoilers, please let me know.