DC vs Marvel: which super heroes universe do you prefer ?


DC vs Marvel

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DC Comics and Marvel have dominated the comic-book industry for over 6 decades. Which of the two fiction universes do you prefer? Check out our top 25 super heroes and villains lists. 

Together they account for over 80% of the American comic-book market. DC Comics and Marvel Comics have been the leading comic-book companies for over 6 decades. Both have created unique characters, and universes that have expanded beyond comic-books into the cinema, TV, video games and toy industries. Thanks to excellent comic-writers and Hollywood super heroes are nowadays undergoing a new golden age. Their impact on popular culture shouldn't be understated.

Marvel and DC comics

The Marvel story started in 1939. By that time, the company was named Timely Publications, but the first comic edited was precisely a work titled “Marvel Comics”. The company was later known as Atlas Comics, before choosing the name Marvel in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four, along to various superhero titles created by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and other authors. Since 2009, Marvel belongs to The Walt Disney Company. The Marvel universe hosts Spiderman, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Wolverine and X-Men among many others. Both DC and Marvel host also great superhero teams.

Started in 1934 as National Allied Publications, DC Comics took his current denomination in 1937. The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics. The company published the first Action Comics in 1938 (featuring Superman), before introducing Batman in Detective Comics in 1939, with great success. DC Comics belong to the Time Warner group. The DC universe includes characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Sandman, Swamp Thing and Superman, whose Action Comics series has passed the landmark of 1000 issues.

DC vs Marvel

Since both comics company control such a huge share of the market, they are natural competitors. At the same time, most of their superheroes have their own legions of fans, and the rivalry between both universes is a classic subject of debate. However, in 1996, both companies did a curious collaboration, publishing a crossover name “DC vs Marvel Comics”, where the main characters of each universe fought in a series of duels, with interesting outcomes such as Superman defeating the Hulk while Spider-Man defeated Superboy.

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Lists of top 25 DC and Marvel super heroes and villains

Top 25 DC heroes

This is a non scientific list of arguably the most popular and charismatic DC super heroes (we have not included several incarnations of the same hero):

  1. Batman
  2. Superman
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Green Lantern
  5. Flash
  6. Shazam
  7. Aquaman
  8. Nightwing
  9. Robin
  10. Rorschach
  11. Swamp Thing
  12. John Constantine
  13. Catwoman
  14. Green Arrow
  15. Martian Manhunter
  16. Sandman
  17. Hawkman
  18. Hawkgirl
  19. Cyborg
  20. Black Canary
  21. Supergirl
  22. Demon
  23. Beetle
  24. Captain Atom
  25. Zatanna

Top DC villains

Let's look at the evil guys populating the DC universe:

  1. Joker
  2. Lex Luthor
  3. Darkseid
  4. Two-Face
  5. Brainiac
  6. Deathstroke
  7. Doomsday
  8. Harley Quinn
  9. Sinestro
  10. Black Adam
  11. Poison Ivy
  12. Penguin
  13. General Zod
  14. Bane
  15. Ra's al Ghul
  16. Cheetah
  17. Scarecrow
  18. The Riddle
  19. Anti-Monitor
  20. Captain Cold
  21. Clayface
  22. Krona
  23. Black Manta
  24. Reverse-Flash
  25. Vandal Savage

Top Marvel heroes

And here we move into the Marvel mighty good guys:

  1. Spiderman
  2. Thor
  3. Wolverine
  4. Captain America
  5. Iron Man
  6. Daredevil
  7. Hulk
  8. Silver Surfer
  9. Thing
  10. Punisher
  11. Hawkeye
  12. Nick Fury
  13. Doctor Strange
  14. Cyclops
  15. Mr Fantastic
  16. Luke Cage
  17. Jessica Jones
  18. Black Panther
  19. Ant-Man
  20. Ghost Rider
  21. Black Widow
  22. Vision
  23. Professor X
  24. Invisible Woman
  25. Elektra

Top Marvel villains

Finally here the Marvel's most notorious super villains:

  1. Magneto
  2. Doctor Doom
  3. Loki
  4. Green Goblin
  5. Red Skull
  6. Galactus
  7. Ultron
  8. Thanos
  9. Kingpin
  10. Apocalypse
  11. Doctor Octopus
  12. Kang
  13. Mephisto 
  14. Venom
  15. Sabretooth
  16. Mystique
  17. Juggernaut
  18. Super-Skrull
  19. Mr Sinister
  20. Sentinels
  21. Morgan Le Fay
  22. Lizard
  23. Bullseye
  24. Onslaught
  25. Magus

Today it’s your turn to choose your favorite universe. Would you be a member of the Justice League or an Avenger? Batman or Spiderman? Thor or Superman? Wonder Woman or Wolverine? Which are the best comic-books and superhero movies? Pick a side and tell us why.

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