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Comics A.M. | In battle between DC and Marvel, who wins?

DC Versus Marvel Comics #1

DC Versus Marvel Comics #1

Publishing | Douglas Wolk uses a classic comics trope — who would win in a fight between Marvel and DC Comics, or rather, Batman and Iron Man? — to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the two companies and how their business models have evolved. [Slate]

Comics | Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater and writer and artist Dan Parent talk about the latest story arc, which takes the Riverdale gang to India for an encounter with Bollywood. [The Times of India]

Manga | Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, spoke about manga and the importance of freedom of expression at the most recent Comiket, the world’s largest comics event, in Tokyo. [CBLDF]

Jaime Hernandez

Jaime Hernandez

Creators | Jaime Hernandez talks about why he thinks real life makes for a more interesting comic than superheroes, why he likes female characters, and the challenge of making them age. Hernandez is in Minneapolis for the Autoptic indie-arts festival and an exhibit of his work at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he will speak this evening. [Minneapolis StarTribune]

Creators | Graeme McMillan admits he didn’t like Jack Kirby’s art as a child, but he now appreciates both the beauty and the larger significance of his work: “At his peak, Kirby created popular culture as we know it today. So many of the ideas and characters that fill today have been shaped in some basic, important way by Kirby’s work. It didn’t matter that his work wasn’t slick enough for kids like me in the 1980s; Kirby transcended that kind of thing. It’s not just that quality will out, because he transcended that, as well. Decades earlier than they happened, Jack Kirby drew the 21st century.” [Time]

It Came!

It Came!

Creators | Dan Boultwood discusses his homage to 1950s B-movies It Came!, which debuted this week from Titan Comics. [WhatCulture!]

Creators | Chris Bell and Bill Giancoli went to the same high school and college, but it wasn’t until years later that they realized they had a common dream — to create a comic. The two collaborated on Gears, the story of a robot and a monkey, which they self-published with funding through Kickstarter. [Star Gazette]

Comics | Jennifer Heddle pens an appreciation of Marvel’s much-maligned Star Wars comics. [Star Wars Blog]

Digital comics | Jeffrey L. Wilson posts a thorough review of comiXology’s Comics reader for Android devices. [PC Magazine]

Conventions | The Latino Comic Expo is expanding from its original base in San Francisco to a new event at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. [Patch.com]

Conventions | Florida Supercon is moving to bigger quarters in the Miami Beach Convention Center next year, and organizers have already announced their first guests: John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr. [Florida Supercon]

Retailing | Jeff Blevins got tired of being a manager at Wal-Mart, so he opened Punk Monkey Comics in Forest Acres, South Carolina. While he acknowledges that comics these days are made for men aged 16-50, Blevins hopes to have an all-ages friendly store and he is instituting Friday night gaming events. [Columbia Star]

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Mister Destructo

August 16, 2013 at 8:07 am

Honestly my first thought upon seeing the headline was ‘Image?’ Today’s market allows for the greatest amount of creator owned books we’ve ever had in comics and I feel like a rivalry between the big two has almost inadvertently aided that. With marketing techniques like event comics, exclusivity contracts and attempts to create the next ‘big thing’ companies like Image with a simple dedication to telling new and unique stories by creators that are fully invested in their creations provide a very tempting out to those wary of corporate run comics.

In battle between DC and Marvel, who wins?

Image, Dark Horse and IDW.

Enjoyed the Marvel vs. DC article at Slate. Thank you.

Brian from Canada

August 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

The Slate article is good but it makes a notable error and two glaring omissions.

The error? Captain Marvel was not bought after 1968, it was won in a lawsuit against Superman clones — one, if you can believe Michael Chabon, Stan Lee and a number of other creators lied in to keep their characters.

The omissions? TV and fringe comics. Complain all you want about DC’s gutting Vertigo, but films like R.E.D. and series like The Watchmen demonstrate DC’s not a one-trick pony like Marvel. Even Agents Of SHIELD is a clone of the movies, while DC’s offering both Arrow and Teen Titans Go! shows they are willing to expand the line in different ways. When Marvel’s gas runs out, and it will inevitably, DC will be there to pick up the slack; and Marvel’s already running into DC syndrome with Amazing Spider-Man, as you can’t just restart the series that everyone remembers without making some people upset.

Oh, actually, there’s a THIRD omission that everyone should remember: in the end, Marvel vs DC was decided in the 90s. It’s called a tie (though some matches are imbalanced and some grossly wrong). Each universe has a lot to offer.

There’s plenty about the article that misses the goal, I think. No mention of DC’s New 52 initiative that sent its comics sales soaring, and overall jump-started comics sales two years ago. Love or hate the New 52, it seems to have expanded the audience for comics, and not just for DC.

Also, I don’t think it’s fair to say Vertigo’s been “gutted”. It may have “guttered” following Karen Berger’s departure, dropping down to just a handful of titles a few months ago. But with all the series that have been added, and are being added, to Vertigo from May to December of this year, Vertigo is a bit of a rising star at present. Marvel has nothing similar.

And there is no mention of DC’s television presence. Smallville ended its ten-year run just a couple years ago, and Arrow came on just one year later. They are now talking about spinning off a Flash series, and they still seem interested in a Wonder Woman series operating in the same TV universe. DC’s behind the curve in their movie universe development, but they at least have control of all their properties. Products like Human Target (even if the show didn’t last) also demonstrate that DC’s willing to go beyond their superheroes for TV (or cinematic) source material.

@Brian
while i dont think MCU would runs out of gas any time soon,but if it to be happen it would not gonna be exclusive to Marvel,rather an entire tight/cape superheroing as a movie genre,so no,i dont think DC would pick up the slack if it happen,since they would be in similar position.General Audiences didn’t view differently to DC-Marvel.
beside with the announcement of that Batman/Superman movie,its DC the one whose one-trick pony,as they unwilling to go beyond those 2 guy after all these years,atleast Marvel willing to give us GOTG & Antman.

“The error? Captain Marvel was not bought after 1968, it was won in a lawsuit against Superman clones — one, if you can believe Michael Chabon, Stan Lee and a number of other creators lied in to keep their characters.”

That’s not true. When Fawcett settled the lawsuit regarding Captain Marvel in 1953, it agreed to stop publishing comics featuring the character(s). DC began leasing the rights to the property about two decades later before eventually buying them outright.

@edge

Yeah dc is such a one trick pony they cant even give us movies of the watchmen, v for vendetta and Constantine. Oh wait…..

@Cory
It could be argued that’s those are stand alone projects&not part of DCU proper,similar to Kick-Ass
,But if you want to count non DCU/MCU too,there’s also Big Hero Six from Marvel.
In the end I think both have produced equally diverse&varied things.

You cannot count things that do not as of now exist, such as Big hero six of Flash (as far as we know one of those projects could end superhero stuff forever) Marvel owns film right now, but there T.V projects have taken a hit canceling Earths Mightiest Heroes to replace it with that boring show was a mistake. while Arrow and Teen Titans Go are both fun and worth watching (Beware the Batman is Schlock) as far as comics DC is kicking a$$ both in sales and worth while content

lol,on contrary DC also cancelling YJ for lame ass TT Go! and i wouldn’t rank Arrow on same stat with Smallville yet(just look at its rating,compare it with shows like Revolution or The Following),so they are equally have good&bad product currently
& i dont think DC owns comic sales either,just look at last month sales chart,while they have top position,but Marvel have 13 titles of the top 20,while DC only 6

The interview with Jaime Hernandez was excellent, thank for linking it.

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