How Marvel Beat DC at the Movies | Chad Williams

February 17, 2015 10:30 PM

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How Marvel Beat DC at the Movies | Chad Williams

In 1938, Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, first appeared in the pages of Action Comics #1. Action Comics #1 was published by National Allied Publications which would go on to become DC Comics. The debut of this issue was the inception of the superhero in the traditional sense. In 1939, Timely Publications published Marvel Comics #1 which featured Namor, The Sub-Mariner. Timely Publications would take on the namesake of this series and Namor would go down in history as Marvel's first superhero. Since then, Marvel and DC have become the two dominant companies in the comic book industry, prevailing over all other competitors. As such, the two exist in a state of constant competition; think Coca-Cola and Pepsi. So which one is the greater of the two? The subject has been a source of contention among comic book lovers for decades.

The question calls into consideration many factors and preferences and thus will never have a definitive answer. But, as someone well-versed in comic book lore, I would put Marvel forward as the better company. The reason being that Marvel in several instances has demonstrated a creative vision that...

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