Queen Cleopatra VII can be found in every genre of animation.
Sometimes Cleopatra is the story’s hero, sometimes she is the villain; other-times she is a victim, more often than not she is the subject of another character’s romantic interest.
These animated depictions of Cleopatra(s), range from historically accurate in their representations (usually found in educational /documentary-style cartoon program and educational comic books) to the more fantastical, like those of the Golden and Silver Age of Comics (Marvel and DC) where Cleopatra has run-ins with a time-traveling Batman, a time-traveling Superman, a time-traveling Iron Man, and a time-traveling Dr. Strange (all in separate issues of course).
Adults may have bumped into Cleopatra in a variety of prime time animated series (“The Simpsons™” in a their annual Halloween special) or seen her crossing back over to the real-world in live-action adaptations of animated comics or series like “Batman (The TV Series)” or “The Muppets” (played by Miss Piggy).
Action Comics – Superman
Several Titles and One off issues
Detective Comics – Batman & Robin
Bodyguards to Cleopatra
When an ancient Egyptian frieze is unveiled at the Gotham Museum, the public is astonished by the depiction of the Bat-Signal in the frieze. In order to learn the mystery behind it all, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson ask Professor Carter Nichols to send them back in time to the ancient Egypt.
In the past, Batman and Robin witness the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza and also meet with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. The Dynamic Duo then solve the mystery of the murder attempts on Cleopatra’s life and during their investigations, they create a signal similar to the Bat-Signal on the pyramids in order to capture the killer. Upon returning to the present, the Dynamic Duo have learned the mystery behind the Bat-Signal of Ancient Egypt.
Cleopatra’s Official Biography in The Marvel Universe
In 41, B.C. Marc Antony, one of the triumvirs was given the Eastern sphere of the Roman Empire to rule. There, he met and fell in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, who was also a consort of Julius Caesar during his life. Despite marrying Octavius’s sister Octavia, Antony continued to lust after Cleopatra. This led to war with Octavius, which Antony lost, in part because Cleopatra withdrzw her fleet at a crucial moment. Aware that Antony was furious with her, Cleopatra sent him false news that she had killed herself because of him. Thus convinced of her love, Antony fell on his sword to join her in death. Hearing of this, Cleopatra committed suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by a poisonous asp.
Encounters with Time Travelers
She once felt strong feelings for Iron Man, who had been pulled back in time 2,000 years by her enemy, the mad King Hatap, who had rebelled against Cleopatra. Iron Man made his way to the court of Cleopatra and helped defend it against an attack by a Roman legion. Earning the gratitude and friendship of Cleopatra, Iron Man informed her of Hatap’s plans and helped her fight off his army. Fearing defeat at Iron Man’s hands, Hatap sought to use the charm to return to the modern era, but Iron Man squirted some oil on the charm, causing Hatap to drop it. Diving for the charm, Hatap inadvertently landed on an upturned sword, which apparently killed him. Hatap’s army fled, and Iron Man used the charm to return to his time, despite Cleopatra’s requests that he stay and rule by her side.
Silver Age Iron Man
(yellow Looking Robot before his updated look in the 70’s)
TRAVEL BACK TO TALES OF SUSPENSE #44 (AUG 1963)
Tales of Suspense 44 with the golden Iron Man flying through ancient Egypt, holding a Liz Taylor look-alike in his arm! “Time travel!” I shouted, nabbing that issue off the rack. I nearly bought two copies—one for me and one for Mom—but finances precluded that. I did, however, vow that Mom would get to read Liz Taylor’s exploits as soon as I’d had my fill of Tony Stark. I could only hope that the expression on Mom’s face would be as ecstatic as that on Cleopatra’s flying through the air on the cover or in the story’s preview on the splash page.
Panel from Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme
#33 (September 1991), script by Roy Thomas and Dann Thomas, pencils by Chris Marrinan, inks by Mark McKenna and “friends”, colors by George Roussos, letters by Pat Brosseau
Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica
Issue: 88 / YEAR: 1963
A reference to the popularity of Elizabeth Taylor’s hairstyle from the movie “Cleopatra.”
Cleopatra In Space
Cleopatra in Space is a book series written by Mike Maihack. They are graphic novels directed to children ages 8 to 12.
When Cleopatra finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian.
She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, avoid detention, and everything else that comes with being the future queen of the universe!
Antony And Cleopatra Comic
A comic illustrating various scenes from Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, “The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra”, set in a 1920’s inspired world of flappers and drugstore cowboys.
Classics Illustrated is an American comic book series featuring adaptations of literary classics such as Les Miserables, Moby Dick, Hamlet, and The Iliad.
New Age Noir Comics – Darkhorse Comics
HOUSE OF NIGHT – An imagined secret vampire history of Cleopatra and her relationships with two great Roman leaders–Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
Based on the best-selling novels from P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
References For the Big Panel