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Two simple questions: would you pick DC or Marvel and why?
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answered:    November 10, 2010
Marvel. Marvel knows how to develop its characters while DC relies on the 'more powerful' gimmick to get sales. Marvel is also more grounded to reality while DC has this fantastical world that heroes are worshipped. DC is good for kids. Even the successful JLU series copied elements from AVENGERS and Defenders.
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November 10, 2010
I would say just the opposite. Marvel from its conception has relied on sales gimmicks, wild ideas, and flashier heroes. But this would also depend on what era you look at too. Marvel's ideas aren't usually as well fleshed out and their too eager to remake, reboot, and reinvent characters (look how many heroes have the same names). For me, from the late '30s through WWII, DC is the clear winner over Marvel (then Timely Comics). In the 1950s both publishers sucked. The '60s belongs to Marvel, but the late '60s also saw DC begin its revival. The '70s are a tie due to some really great storylines and new characters at both DC and Marvel. The '80s would have to go to DC because of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller. Then again in the '90s, both companies were pretty lousy. Marvel at the time was doing way too many multiple covers, holographic cards, and generally gimmicky merchandising and DC sort of relied on their animated series and action figure lines. Sadly, not much has changed since the '90s. Still, DC comes out slightly ahead statistically, at least for me, in terms of writing, art, characters, themes, etc.. Marvel wins in the creativity department though.
November 10, 2010
I don't really care much anymore for the 30's up to the 50's. 70's is definitely a toss up, but I am not so sure about the 80's. DC pretty much sucked then save for Byrne, Moore and Gaiman. DC actually began the reboot in the 80's not Marvel, right after Crisis.
November 10, 2010
I see your question as a general one--creativity wise. You should compare JLA to Avengers even to this day.
November 10, 2010
But Marvel has been rebooting characters and series left and right since the early '90s. DC to a lesser degree, although they are beginning to do it again of late (the new Wonder Woman and Superman are emo; WTF?!)
Regarding Justice League and Avengers, I've never been a big fan of either. In fact, with the exception of X-Men, most superhero teams kind of annoy me. I like the lone wolf characters more.
Still, if you look at DC during the '80s, you get Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke, Sandman, Saga of Swamp Thing, Batman:The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One and The New Teen Titans.
November 10, 2010
well, most of those are mini-series. I am thinking of consistency in title development. Well, X-men sucks rotten eggs these days, but peaked in the 80's. Don't forget in the 80's :Daredevil (Miller), Simonson's Thor. I see mini-series as in a writer coming in to sell an idea, it is not the brainchild of a company. DC got Watchmen, V because they hired Alan Moore after they won the bid (they do have deep pockets more than Marvel)--they hired Miller to do Dark Knight Returns after his success in Daredevil (those titles were just a phase and not a representation of the company). Now they have Straczynski after his success at Image and Marvel.
 
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