It is a worldwide battle as old as time itself…. ok so maybe just since the 50’s and pretty much just in the US, but there comes a time in each young nerdlings life where he or she must choose a route, a team to play for. The must dedicate their fandom to either Marvel or DC comics.
It’s not really a life altering decision like choosing a college or career but in the world of nerds it is a pretty epic division.
When I was a kid, every 4 months or so, my dad would drag out my grandpas old Air Force footlocker and the free for all began! It was filled to the brim with comics. Initially, when I could not be trusted to handle the goods, I was a HUGE fan of Harvey comics like Hot Stuff, Casper and Wendy the Witch because those were comics that also had cartoons on TV!
It was around my 8th birthday that my eyes were opened to the world of REAL superheros, I was finally allowed to touch the coveted collection, those comics that could only be handled by clean, dry and non-sticky hands. I got to read my first Golden Age Comic it was an older Superman that my dad had purchased when he was an adult and that was it, I was hooked!
After that I was immediately drawn to more of the Silver age comics (occasionally going back to my Harvey’s) but for the most part I was ensnared in these universes of aliens. gods, mutants and super assassins. I liked all of them, some more than others. Now, I had seen all of the Superman movies and gone through the beginning of what would be known as the Burton and Schumacher franchise of Batman and to be honest none of them did anything for me ( I did and always will love the 1966 Batman movie, shark repellant and dehydrated dignitaries, C’mon!). Then it happened, Marvel took what had been one of my favorites and made it into a Saturday Morning cartoon.
But seriously, lets get down to brass tacks! Aside from those listed about there is one major reason I prefer Marvel over DC. The teams! I love the X-men, I love the Avengers, hell I even love the Fantastic Four. These groups of extraordinary individuals, who could be fine on their own, team up with others in an continuing effort to keep Earth safe. DC’s answer to these teams was to form the Justice League*… ok…. so you took all of your BEST characters (and Aguaman) cool.