What's The Difference?

Some of you may not even realise this, but when it comes to superheroes, there are two very distinct breeds. Not only meaning the actual heroes themselves, but also their fans. There are two major camps that real comic, cartoon, t.v and movie superhero fans fall into. Die-hard fans rarely blur the lines when it comes to the important business of being a Marvel supporter or standing firmly in the DC camp. If this means nothing to you, then maybe we should run a little test to make things clearer.

If you had to choose between Superman or Spiderman, who would it be? How about Batman VS Captain America?, Is Silver Surfer your kinda guy or does Green Lantern light your life? If you decided Batman, Superman and Green Lantern...Then "Holy haberdashery, Batman!" you are a DC fan. If it is Spiderman, Captain America and Silver Surfer that do it for you...Then "Avengers assemble", you've got Marvel tendencies.

Marvel Comics

Wolverine MarvelCredit: Photo Credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/75933558@N00/3620405324/">BlackCat Nala</a> via <a href="http://compfight.com">Compfight</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>Founded in Oct 1939, and at that time known as Timely Publications, Marvel Worldwide Inc more commonly known to us as Marvel comics came to life. Linked to The Walt Disney Company, who purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Marvel has produced a long history of successful heroes and villains that have kept generations amused for over 70 years. Marvel comics episode #1 starred The Human torch and his rival The Sub-Mariner and was a huge success. The Human Torch later went on to become one of the members of Marvels first "Superhero Team" known as The Fantastic Four. This team of heroes also includes Mr Fantastic, The Invisible Woman and Thing. The Fantastic Four all gained their super powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a scientific mission in outer space.

The Most Marvelous Marvel Heroes and Villains

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Perhaps the most famous and notable heroes in the Marvel camp are Spiderman, Ironman, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Daredevil and Wolverine. Wolverine actually comes from the highly successful superhero team...The X-Men. Other members of this mutant hero group as of 2013 include Cyclops, Iceman ,Arch Angel, Beast, Mimic, Storm, Sprite/Ariel/Shadowcat, Rogue, Phoenix/Marvel Girl, Karma, White Queen/Emma Frost and Dr Celia Reyes...just to name a few.

Marvel's Baddies

For every good superhero there has to be an almost equally as powerful supervillain. Marvel came up with these masterful criminals... Green Goblin, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Thanos, Loki, Dark Phoenix, Venom, Apocolypse, Red Skull and arguably the worst and truly awful character... Norman Osborn

DC Comics

Batman DCCredit: Garhoul @deviantart http://fav.me/d1ue8w1 CC-3.0DC Comics was founded in Manhatten, America releasing it's first comic in February 1934, then known as National Allied Publications. This makes DC five years older than Marvel, but does that make it any more impressive? As Marvel is linked to Disney, DC is linked to Warner Brothers (Time Warner). The initials DC come from a series that the company ran called Detective Comics, which is where the world saw the debut of Batman.

Even though DC had been running since 1934, the characters that we commonly refer to as "superheroes" didn't really come about until June 1938, which is when DC released Action Comics #1 starring none other than the man himself... Superman. Arguably DC's biggest star, "Superman" was not actually born at DC Comics, but bought in. Created in 1932 by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Superman had a life before arriving at DC, but maybe no one really realised the super star status that he would gain upon arriving at his new home. It was his popularity that really set the whole "Superhero" ball rolling.

To Eternity and Beyond: Delectable DC

So other than Superman and Batman, who would make you DC All-stars list? Chances are you would find them appearing at some stage as members of DC's superhero team known as "The Justice League". Over the years it has rotated it's personnel on many occasions. Originally comprising of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter. Other heroes like Green Arrow, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman, Elongated Man, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, and many others have all taken different shifts within this crime fighting group.

DC'S Bad Guys

As far as villains go, DC seems to have done a particularly good job at creating some extremely nasty characters. The most famous and particularly bad include The Joker, Harley Quinn, Doomsday, Scarecrow, Larfleeze, Captain Cold, Bane and Two Face. DC's evil villains certainly hold just as much celebrity status as their hero counterparts.

When Companies Peacefully Collide

Whilst it is not common, on rare occasions DC and Marvel have got together for what is known as an "inter-company crossover". This has seen a few comic books produced featuring characters from both companies...for example in 1976 Superman VS The Amazing Spiderman was released with Doctor Octopus and Lex Luthor cast as the villains. In 1981 Marvel released another Superman and Spiderman edition, whilst the same year saw DC release Batman VS The Incredible Hulk.

The Most Famous Superheroines

I guess it goes without saying that Wonder Woman holds the mantle for most famous superheroine. With writers often opting to throw in an equal female opposite, next to their already famous male counterparts, it can often seem that, when it comes to the girls... a little more imagination is needed. Personally I believe that Marvel has done a much better job at creating interesting heroines, but there are some notable female crime fighters throughout the history of both DC and Marvel comics. More recently, characters such as Elektra and Storm have gained huge popularity after being portrayed by a couple of the most beautiful actresses in the industry, Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry.




Invisible Woman

Wonder Woman


Super Girl


Aqua Girl

She Hulk

Bat Girl

Emma Frost

Hawk Woman

Ms. Marvel

Black Canary


Power Girl

Phoenix /Jean Grey

Big Barda

The Winner Is ...

The discussion about who produces the better or most loved superheroes obviously can't ever be truly measured. Speaking to people about this subject brings up some interesting viewpoints that I hadn't really thought about until people mentioned them. Many say that Marvel are more like the underdogs...most of their heroes gained their superpowers via unfortunate (fortunate) accidents, whereas DC's heroes are almost born into fame. Someone even mentioned that they think of Batman as a rich kid with the money to play around with powerful toys...not a REAL superhero at all. Maybe this tends to make Marvel characters more relatable for us? The opposite side of the coin shows DC as the face of probably (commercially) the biggest stars of them all with Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman...

So after reading this, do you find that you have a preference, but didn't actually realise it until now?