Unless you’re living under a rock, you have probably heard some talk in recent years of The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and possibly Tony Stark. The “comic book” genre has been taking over the summer blockbuster and has even started to infiltrate live action television. The main two players in this game are, of course, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. Between both of these companies, they control 80% of the comic book industry, and they have both become generators of pop culture phenomena.
Though there is a rivalry between the two companies, I’m not here to get into that fight.
Honestly, I don’t have a ton of comic book cred (I mostly buy philosophy comics, no, really), but I do watch a ton of TV (and *ahem* cartoons) and movies. And I am obsessed with the comic book genre.
In general, it seems that DC’s TV game is stronger than Marvel’s and Marvel’s movie game is stronger than DC’s (the exception, of course, being Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy). With the influx of Marvel movies coming out in the next few years, a new TV series featuring The Flash, and Batman’s 75th birthday last week, if you aren’t in the know, you’re going to be left behind.
What I present to you here is a who’s who of the major players in the comic book genre today, which players belong in which camp, and where you can see them.
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