Whenever I tell someone that I like comics, they immediately ask, “Well who do you think is better? Marvel or DC?” While both companies have created some truly amazing content, someone obviously has to be doing better. According to the stats, just who exactly is leading the pop-culture universe today?
I am an avid comic book reader who enjoys engaging in content from both companies, whether it be animation, television, or print. We will first take a look at their recent comic book sales, then dive into the growing cinematic universes of both companies.
DC vs Marvel Relaunch
Without further ado… DC vs Marvel Relaunch, who’s doing it better? According to the sales, DC is blowing Marvel out of the water. Harley Quinn and DC Rebirth is gaining a lot of attention, whereas Marvel’s attempted reboot with Civil War II and Inhumans is just not getting the traffic Marvel would like to see.
For those who don’t read comics, thankfully both companies have created fantastic movies for the big screen. Many would argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is stealing the show with the growing Avengers franchise. However, after carefully looking at the numbers, I have to argue otherwise.
DC is fairly new to the cinematic universe, but already they are gaining a lot more traction than Marvel did at this stage of their development. Let’s compare the first two movies of each franchise and their sales.
Marvel Studios officially began phase one of their cinematic franchise with Iron Man. The Worldwide Box Office grossed over $500 Million in sales. As a stand-alone, this can be considered a success, but when you compare it to DC’s cinematic launch with Man of Steel, DC was slightly more successful with $668 Million in Worldwide sales.
As both franchises began to grow, DC saw an increase in profit with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Marvel Studios actually experienced a significant decline with The Incredible Hulk. The Incredible Hulk pulled in no more than $200 million in worldwide sales, whereas DC’s Batman vs Superman brought in a staggering $855 Million in sales.
Both companies have their highs and lows. For me personally, Marvel is what even sparked my interest towards comics the first place. Lately, I have to admit that the DC Company has really been reeling in that wow factor for me, and I’m immensely excited to see where they go from here. As for Marvel, I’ll stick with it, but they definitely have a bit of work to do.
Now all of this being said, both companies have some fantastic stories out there on the market. Take a trip to your local comic shop and explore your options! In the end, it’s really about where you find your connection. Whether you relate more to Rori Williams or Supergirl, the choice is yours. In the long run, the numbers don’t matter, as long as you are having a good time and getting your geek on.