Which is More Successful Marvel or DC?
Mythical heroes with great powers who saved their relatives from criminals goes back to ancient history. The Greek writer Homer gave us worldly warrior heroes who fought one-eyed monsters and snake-haired women.
In the Middle Ages, the timeless tale of mythical heroes was the story of King Arthur, a man who wields a magic sword to save his kingdom from destruction. Today, the average person may be forced to stop believing such glorious and bloody stories, but that doesn’t stop people from telling stories where good defies terrible evil. The stories of modern heroes that are most widespread are the work of storytellers, the proponents of which are comics, and subsequently the film industry.
Let’s start with the introduction of DC, who is often referred to as the “King of Comics”. DC, short for Detective Comics, is a repetition of the National Allied Publications founded by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson in 1935. That same year, Dr. Occult was created and is still part of the DC Universe to this day. Perhaps DC’s most undeniable superpower in a superhero setting are Superman and Batman, who made their debut in 1938 and 1939, respectively.
“Detective Comics” wasn’t called until ’39, so Superman was indeed the creation of a comic series called “Action Comics”. Cultural critics have often argued that the popularity of such comics, the rise of a persistent ethical character in the fight against crime, was partly due to the global disharmony at that time.
And 1939, Marvel appeared. “Marvel” was created by pulp fiction publisher Martin Goodman and was first called “Timely Publication.” Although Marvel launched several superheroes before March 1941, it was on that day that perhaps the most immortal heroes came to life called “Captain America”.
Some of DC’s main characters are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash. We also have to keep in mind the fearsome villains in DC, such as the Batman enemy Joker and the arch enemies of Superman Darkseid and Lex Luther.
Marvel’s famous superhero group includes Spiderman, The Hulk, Captain America, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Daredevil. Notable criminals include Red Skull, Doctor Doom, and Magneto.
The main difference between the two DC universes and Marvel is a kind of reverse logic, as DC characters are more god-like but in human form, while Marvel characters are more human but given god-like superpowers.
DC characters are endowed with almost irreversible virtues, whereas Marvel characters are often accidentally thrown into the position of superheroes and still face their very human condition.
We will now look at business and how these two giants are judged in terms of success.
We’ll start with comics and then move on to the film business.
Unsurprisingly, DC got of to a great start with the double team of Superman and Batman. The action comic that brought DC to light Superman has sold over 600 million copies. Batman comics have sold around 460 million copies. One issue of the Superman series that was published in 1987, number 74, has sold more than 3 million copies.
Marvel’s best-selling comic is the Spiderman series which has sold around 360 million times. The X-Men and Captain America are in second and third place with 270 million and 210 million copies, respectively. The best-selling copy is Spiderman number one, which has sold more than 2.5 million times since its release in 1990.
Marvel and DC regularly change places in the Diamond Comics sales rankings, which publishes sales data every month.
If we take a look at the top 100 sales for April 2017, we can see that DC and Marvel dominate the market, with few appearances of titles not released by the two giants, such as Image Comics’ The Walking Dead and Dark Horses Comics American Gods. . The top five comics to sell in April are Marvel’s Secret Empire, DC’s Batman # 21, Marvel’s X-Men Gold # 1, Marvel’s X-Men Blue # 1 Blue, and DC’s Flash # 21 lenticular edition.
After their decline in popularity, comics have made a comeback in recent years. By the mid-1990s, Marvel had nearly gone out of business to return from being crushed to a billion-dollar company.
Prior to that, DC nearly died embarrassingly in 1984 when parent company Warner Brothers struck a deal to sell their characters to Marvel. The two giants had near-death experiences but came back stronger than before. According to The Comichron, in June 2016, the comic had the best-sales in the last 20 years. This is largely because Marvel started the Civil War II and DC did something they had done before … assassinating the most virtuous character, Superman. Some critics called his death “meaningless”.
The revival of comics fades when compared to the rise of the superhero film industry. DC was the first to export its characters in film format, with the release of Superman and the Mole Men in 1951. The first Batman films followed in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1978 that a superhero broke all records of the film industry with a blockbuster, Superman who earned $300 million at the box office.
Marvel characters first appeared in the film in 1977. They were Spider-Man and Doctor Strange in a film made for television. Two Superman sequels hit the big screen, as well as the less successful SuperGirl film before the Marvel character ever hit Hollywood.
The first Marvel character to turn it into a feature film was Howard the Duck, and the film was seen as a huge flop. Everything did change later. Currently, Marvel Studio 2012’s “Avengers” is the highest-grossing superhero film of all time. It is estimated that it grossed $ 1.5 billion.
Marvel is also in second place with Avengers: Age of Ultron released in 2015, it made $ 1.4 billion. Third is Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which made $ 1.2 billion, and fourth is again Marvel’s 2016 film “Captain America: Civil War,” which made $ 1.1 billion worldwide.
However, with the brutal screening of Batman’s story in 2012, DC took a place in the top 5 of the list. The Dark Knight Rises grossed $ 1 billion worldwide. Also in the top ten in terms of sales are two more films about Batman and three more films about Spider-Man.
The top-grossing superhero film of 2017 saw another race between Marvel and DC, with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came up beating DC’s Wonder Woman over ticket sales.
If sales figures alone don’t convince you, DC, despite being pushed off the list of moneymakers, is often credited with one of his creations in the top-rated superhero film of all time. Christopher Nolen, The Dark Night, which regularly tops critics’ lists and viewers’ top ten superhero lists.
The Ultimate Movie Rankings, which provide aggregate ratings based on box office, reviews, and awards, puts The Dark Knight of DC in the first place. However, four Marvel films follow Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider-Man 2.
While DC may have created the greatest legend in the superhero world, it seems that Marvel is currently ruling the night.