The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a series of comic book initially centered on Victorian era characters from early science fiction/horror/adventure literature. It is written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O’Niel. Moore’s initial concept was that of a Justice League of the Victorian era, using characters that have lapsed into public domain. Subsequent editions expanded in an attempt to include almost all of fiction.
The first two volumes were 6 issue mini-series. The latest edition is being released as three separate graphic novels. The first one was released in 2009.
Volume One, originally puin 1999, featured the team of Mina Murray (From the Dracula Novel), Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo battling Sherlock Holmes villian Moriarty.
Volume Two had the same team, with the aid of Dr. Moreau, fight off the Martian invasion from War of the worlds.
The first part of Volume III has a turn of the century league investigates an occult menace.
Between volume’s 2 and 3 was The Black Dossier, a sort of guidebook to the world of the League,revealing it’s long history and inclusion of many characters.
Other characters/works appearing, or at least referenced in the League include; Conan, Chtulu, James Bond, Fu Manchu, Popeye, Time Traveler, Frankenstein, Lupin, Lost World, Characters from Beatnik Literature, Shakespearean Characters, 1984, Dan Dare, Beowulf, Robin Hood, Gulliver, Batman, Fantomas, Phantom of the Opera, Metropolis, and countless others.
It should also be noted that there was a League movie in 2003, starring Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain. Tom Sawyer and Dorian Gray were part of the fictional cast. It was mostly unpopular with fans, hence planned sequels were never made.
In a sense The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is the Ultimate Crossover or sorts. In it’s own way it is that which I have always dreamed, one fictional world containing huge quantities of popular fictional characters.
Here are some League Links
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Very thorough site on the League. Details the various incarnations/memberships of the League as well as their missions of the centuries. Also has news on upcoming tales.