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Marvel VS DC – Which is More Successful? Comic Company Comparison


The story of mythical heroes with extraordinary
powers saving their kin from villains dates back to ancient history. The Greek scribe Homer gave us earthly warrior
heroes battling with one-eyed monsters and women with snakes for hair. In the Middle Ages, the enduring tale of a
mythical hero was that of King Arthur, a man who wielded a magical sword to save his kingdom
from ruin. These days, the average person might be hard-pressed
to suspend belief in such gloriously bloody stories, but that hasn’t stopped us from
telling tales in which Good is pitted against monstrous Evil. The most prevailing of these modern heroic
tales have been the creations of storytellers whose medium is the comic book, and in turn,
the film industry. Today we’ll compare two of the champions
of the comic book genre, in this episode of The Infographics Show, Marvel vs. DC. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. First we’ll start with an introduction to
DC, which is often hailed as ‘the king of comics.’ DC, abbreviated from Detective Comics, was
an iteration of the company National Allied Publications that was founded by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
in 1935. That year, Doctor Occult came into existence,
and is still part of the DC Universe today. Arguably DC’s two most indisputable heavyweights
in the superhero milieu are Superman and Batman, which made their debut appearance in 1938
and 1939, respectively. Detective Comics wasn’t called that until
’39, so Superman was really the invention of a line of comic books called Action Comics. Cultural critics have often said that the
popularity of such comic books, the resurrection of the unassailably ethical character fighting
evil, was partly a consequence of the global disharmony at the time. And so it was, in 1939, Marvel also appeared
on the scene. Marvel was started by pulp fiction publisher,
Martin Goodman, and it was first called Timely Publications. Though Marvel introduced a handful of superheroes
before March 1941, it was on that date that possibly its most enduring hero came to life. His name was Captain America. If you’re not a comic book fan, we should
tell you who belongs to whom. Some of DC’s main characters are: Superman,
Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash. We should also remember DC’s formidable
villains, such as Batman’s nemesis The Joker and Superman’s arch-enemies Darkseid and
Lex Luther. Marvel’s band of super-famous superheroes
includes Spiderman, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Daredevil. Its memorable villains include Red Skull,
Doctor Doom, and Magneto. The main difference between the two universes
of DC and Marvel is a kind of inverse logic, in that DC’s characters are more God-like
but in the guise of humans, whereas DC characters are more human but given God-like superpowers. DC’s hero is endowed with almost immutable
virtue, whereas Marvel’s characters are often thrown into the superhero position by
accident and still deal with their all-too-human condition. Now we’ll take a look at business and how
these two giants rate in terms of success. We’ll start with comics and move on to the
movie business later. Not surprisingly DC got out of the gate fast
with its double team of Superman and Batman. Action Comics, which introduced DC’s Superman,
has sold over 600 million copies. Batman comics have sold around 460 million
copies. One issue of the Superman series, 1987’s
Superman number 74, sold over 3 million copies alone. Marvels biggest selling comic is the Spiderman
series, which has sold around 360 million copies, with X-men and Captain America in
second and third, selling 270 million and 210 million copies, respectively. The bestselling issue was Spiderman number
one, which sold over 2.5 million copies after its release in 1990. Marvel and DC regularly change places in topping
the sales rankings, demonstrated by Diamond Comics which publish sales figures for each
month. If we look at the top 100 sales figures for
April 2017, we can see that DC and Marvel own the market, with only a few appearances
of titles that are not published by the two giants, such as Image Comics’ The Walking
Dead and Dark Horse Comics’ American Gods. The top five selling comics for April, in
order, were Marvel’s Secret Empire, DC’s Batman number 21 lenticular edition, Marvel’s
X-Men Gold number one, Marvel’s X-Men Blue number one, and in fifth place DC’s Flash
number 21 lenticular edition. The list goes on in a similar vein. After suffering a slump in popularity, comic
books have made a comeback in recent years. In the mid-90s, Marvel almost went out of
business, only to reemerge from its broken state to become a multi-billion-dollar behemoth
– perhaps mirroring its own heroes’ rise and fall and rise again. Prior to that, in 1984, DC almost suffered
an ignominious death when its parent company, Warner Brothers, put a deal down on the table
to sell its characters to Marvel. Both titans suffered near-death experiences,
only to come back stronger than before. According to The Comichron, in June 2016 comic
books saw the biggest sales they had in 20 years. This was largely due to Marvel releasing its
Civil War II, and DC doing something they’d done before…killing off the most virtuous
of heroes, Superman. Some critics called his demise “pointless.” The resurgence of comic books pales in comparison
to the rise of the superhero movie industry. DC was the first to export their heroes to
a movie format, with the release of Superman and the Mole Men in 1951. That was followed by the first Batman movie
in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1978 that a superhero blew the roof off the movie industry
with the blockbuster, Superman, that earned 300 million dollars at the box office. Marvel heroes first appeared in film in 1977. Those were Spiderman and Doctor Strange in
films made for TV. Two successful Superman sequels appeared on
the big screen as well as a not very successful Supergirl movie, before Marvel heroes ever
made a splash in Hollywood. Marvel’s first character that made it into
a feature film was Howard the Duck, and the movie was considered a huge flop. Things would soon change, though. Currently the highest grossing superhero movie
of all time is Marvel Studio’s 2012 The Avengers. It is thought to have grossed 1.5 billion
dollars. Marvel takes second place with its 2015 ‘The
Avengers: Age of Ultron’ which grossed 1.4 billion dollars. Third place is Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which
grossed 1.2 billion dollars, and fourth place also goes to Marvel and its 2016 movie, Captain
America: Civil War, which grossed 1.1 billion dollars worldwide. DC does however get a spot on the top five
list with the 2012 brutal rendition of the Batman story, The Dark Knight Rises. The movie grossed 1 billion dollars worldwide. Also in the top ten in terms of sales are
two other Batman movies and three Spiderman movies. The highest grossing superhero movies of 2017
see another split between Marvel and DC, with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
coming in a squeak above DC’s Wonder Woman regarding ticket sales. If sales numbers alone don’t cut it for
you, then DC, while being pushed out of the rankings money-wise, is often credited with
having one of its creations being in the best reviewed superhero film of all time. That was Cristopher Nolen’s, The Dark Night,
which regularly comes at the top of critics and viewers top ten lists of superhero movies. Ultimate Movie Rankings, which gives a combined
score based on box office, reviews, and awards, puts DC’s The Dark Knight in first place. It is, however, followed by four Marvel movies:
Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spiderman 2. Will DC make a comeback to the days it ruled
the superhero movie scene? That’s debatable, and depends on how well
its upcoming features do. Soon to come from DC is its Avengers-esque
movie, The Justice League, as well as Aquaman, The Flash, and Green Lantern Corps. In the pipeline, Marvel has Spider-Man: Homecoming,
Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War. While DC arguably created the biggest legends
in the world of superheroes, it certainly looks as if Marvel is currently ruling the
roost. So, considering the past and present, which
of the two companies do you think deserves the credit for having created the best comic
book heroes of all-time? Let us know in the comments! And if you liked this video, be sure to check
out our other video called Robots vs Humans! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

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100 thoughts on “Marvel VS DC – Which is More Successful? Comic Company Comparison

  1. I’m just happy to see true fans of the comics in here all agreeing on DC>Marvel / DCEU<MCU instead of dissing dc and dick riding marvel like the normies who only go to the movies do. I love all of you guys.😢

  2. At $3.2 million, the iconic Superman reigns supreme. Marvel may rule the Cinematic Universe (for now), but that doesn’t change the fact that the Man of Steel has been a recognizable face since Action Comics 1 first published in 1938.

  3. My friend likes DC and I've no problem with that but she said, "Stan Lee is pointless, so glad he died. The world is now a better place without him!"
    I couldn't stop crying
    R.I.P STAN LEE
    WE LOVE YOU 3000

  4. Even though DC came first, it can never beat Marvel. I feel like Infinity War and Endgame are great examples of this.

  5. Every one saying marvels movies better Dc movies are way better marvel movies don’t have that many action in the movies but dc keeps the action in all the movies that’s that one

  6. Marvel is better than DC, because of one thing… total profit.
    I heard DC has better comics, animated films, and games, but those things combined can't touch the behemoth industry that is the hollywood film industry. Oh, and the merchandises.
    It's all about the number, and Marvel is WAY ahead of DC.
    Having said that, I like DC chars and Dark Knight film way more than any marvel movies. Sadly, I'm one of the minorities.

  7. Movies are not the only factor to govern which is better, clearly DC creates better comix and TV shows than marvel

  8. This is the hardest decision ever
    I love marvel and I love DC just the same
    They are both amazing, it doesn't matter to me to compare the 2 companies, what I care about is to enjoy

  9. Comics: Marvel < DC
    Movies: DC < Marvel
    Animated Movies: Marvel < DC
    Video Games: Marvel <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< DC
    Story: Marvel = DC

  10. I'm a long time Marvel fan, ever since I was small the first hero that was introduced to me was spiderman, and so you can see why I was a long marvel fan let's say for 15 years, but tbh for the past year I'm starting to turn into a DC fan , I think that their comics are just better now in general and although marvel makes some interesting events be it Cosmic or earth based, I think that DC is the one winning when it comes to the amount of events being published in DC rebirth, its just crazy how busy they are leaving Marvel in the dust, I also think that DC right now, has the better art talent at its disposal.

  11. Marvel overall better for my opinion I just hate the superhero’s in DC without Batman and Marvel make better comics and movies

  12. 2:15 "godlike superpowers"🤣like swinging, web shooting, shooting tank missile, having a mighty shield. NO, in the justice league only batman doesnt have superpowers the others have flying superspeed controlling sea animals and water shooting lasers making anything using your imagination and much more in the original avengers (thor, hulk, ironman, captain america, hawkeye, black widow) only thor and hulk have superpowers, captain america has super strength but doesnt often use it, and hulk is bruce banner and when he gets angry he turns into hulk so only thor is non-human.

  13. I really like both but this is how I see it

    Marvel – movies

    DC – everything else I give dc the credit for make the world better for superheros

  14. Marvel PHASE 4!!! But dc has better live action tv shows tho, why?
    Ratings:
    Doom patrol-95% rotten tomatoes, and 8/10 IMDb

    Angents of s.h.i.e.l.d( has better ratings than daredevil? I hate this show but majority wins) – 95% rotten tomatoes and 7/10 IMDb.

    Can't wait fo phase 4! Also dc has better comics and animation.

    What about" into the spiderverse"? ( sony should desrve all the credits, becuz it was release by sony pictures and spider man is marvel and marvel was supposed to be owned by disney😂)
    Also:
    Hero developments: MARVEL
    villain developments: DC

  15. i know why its called d.c. heoroes because…

    they decided to name it after whashignton d.c. district of columbia

  16. ummmm marvel has norse gods and greek gods so uh yeah also captain marvel doc strange vision scarlet witch the avengers are much bigger than the 6 JL members they also have things called infinty stones

  17. The bottom line is that Superman and Batman are way ahead of everybody in terms of worldwide popularity and recognition that even Marvel in some of their movies have referenced them even though they're from DC..

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