This is the most anticipated question on the internet, Marvel vs DC, two comic book companies which are unique in their own way and were established decades ago.
Marvel Comics is the common name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group and it is acquired by Disney for $4 billion on August 31, 2009.
Marvel started in 1939 as Timely Publications by Martin Good, and by the early 1950s. The Marvel branding began in 1961, the year that the company launched The Fantastic Four and other superhero titles created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many others.
DC comics is founded in 1934, DC Comics, Inc. It is an American comic book publisher and is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, DC produces a wide range of comics and superhero series, just like Marvel Comics.
As said before, they are pretty old publishing companies, dominating the industry for a long time. When the publishers of both companies understood that the fight between DC characters and Marvel characters is what their readers and fans were looking for, these surprisingly made a move, they worked together and released a comic book series called DC vs. Marvel.
Comic book Information
DC versus Marvel Comics: ISBN 1-56389-294-4
Publication date: April – May 1996
No. of issues: 4
Marvel vs DC
This a limited edition comics as the no. of issues is only 4. DC vs. Marvel Comics (issues #2–3 titled Marvel Comics vs. DC) published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics from April to May 1996.
Two powerful entities or brothers become aware of each other’s existence and toss up a fight to prove, who’s superior and more powerful. The powerful entities being from Marvel and DC universe. The battle involves superheroes from respective universes.
The losing team ceases to exit. This comic has ‘out of universe’ theory making the story logical and meaningful. Superheroes, who have equal strengths when compared, fight with each other.
Who actually won?
Unlike other comics, this comic had battles individually and there were eleven battles fought between the two universes. These fights were as follows –
Aquaman(DC) vs. Namor (Marvel)
Who won: Aquaman
Aquaman wins the battle by landing a large whale on Namor, making him unmovable.
Elektra(Marvel) vs. Catwoman (DC)
Who won: Elektra
Electra wins by cutting Catwoman’s whip, which she uses to hang on a construction building. But eventually, Catwoman survives as she lands on a sand pit.
Flash(DC) vs. Quicksilver (Marvel)
Won by: Flash
Superior speed allows flash to win over Quicksilver.
Robin(DC) vs. Jubilee (Marvel)
Won by: Robin
Robin ties up Jubilee using his cape as a decoy.
Silver Surfer(Marvel) vs. Green Lantern (DC)
Won by: Silver Surfer
No doubt, Silver Surfer is stronger, when they both collide, they release huge explosions and Silver Surfer remains unfazed, knocking out Green Lantern.
Thor(Marvel) vs. Captain Marvel (DC)
Won by: Thor
Captain Marvel was actually from DC comics, later was trademarked by Marvel.
Thor wins over Captain Marvel, who is forced to change into his alter ego – Billy. When Billy tries to change back, Thor stops it by using Mjolnir by intercepting the lighting-blot, which helps Billy to change back, in conclusion, Thor’s hammer is lost in the process.
Superman(DC) vs. Hulk (Marvel)
Won by: Superman
This is the most enormous fight in the series, between two huge power blocks. They punch each other and eventually Superman is proved more powerful than Hulk.
Spider-Man(Marvel) vs. Superboy (DC)
Won by: Spider-Man
Spiderman uses his spider-sense and webs Superboy and electrocutes him with high voltage.
Wolverine(Marvel) vs. Lobo (DC)
Won by: Wolverine
Lobo is defeated in a large off-panel fight by Wolverine. The fight is more brutal than you expect.
Storm(Marvel) vs. Wonder Woman (DC)
Won by: Storm
Strom repeatedly hits Diana with her lighting after a brief melee encounter, when Diana drops Thor’s hammer in order to allow the fight to go on.
Batman(DC) vs. Captain America (Marvel)
The battle initially starts off uncertain, but later on, is matched up after hours of fight. A sudden flushing of sewer knocks captain America as Batman manages to strike him back with a Batarang.
Eventually, Batman rescues captain America from drowning to death, Because Cap falls unconscious due to drowning, and Batman wins.
With majority battle wins – Marvel apparently defeats DC, according to the book. But in the end, writers created a new entity called Access.
Access is a being capable of traversing the two universes, infuses Batman and Captain America with fragments of the true universes before the Spectre and the Living Tribunal attempt to create a compromise by fusing the two universes together.
And eventually, in the end, both universes withdraw their fight thinking it as a pointless move. That’s how Marvel vs DC ends.
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