Personal Perspective: Why DC is Better Than Marvel


Beatrice Byrd, Cub Reporter

Beginning with the first release of a DC comic in 1934, quickly followed by the premiere of Marvel comics, also known as Atlas Comics, in 1939, Marvel and DC have been two of the most well known comic companies of all time. Both have been close rivals in the industry, at times mirroring each other’s stories and characters, but when it comes the the overall superiority of one over the other, there is a clear winner. While Marvel may have the upperhand when it comes to cinematics, DC has it beat because of its characters and impact on the world.

The main reason why DC comics outshine Marvel comics is because the characters in the universe are more unique and more empowering. One of the most popular heroes in the DC universe is Bruce Wayne, otherwise known as Batman. One reason he is so popular with fans is because he is a regular human who has trained himself to be great. He is also a vigilante. While Marvel may have vigilantes, none of them are as popular as DC’s vigilantes, which include Batman and Green Arrow. Vigilantes are characters who work outside the law, which can be empowering to societies because it supports the idea of fighting for changes to things that are unjust in your own society. One hero that is very empowering is Superman. While some may believe he is overpowered, I believe that Superman has some of the most difficult villains to fight, therefore he should have lots of powers. Superman is one of my favorite heros because of how inspiring he is. The same goes for Supergirl.

Another reason DC is better than Marvel is because the massive impact it has had on society. One good example of this is Wonder Woman. A large reason why Wonder Woman was created and published in 1941 was because of World War II. She was made to support the allies, and inspire the people during the war. Comics during this time showed victories against the foes fought by Wonder Woman herself. She was also made to inspire the women that stayed home during the war. She pushed that society should be supporting those in the war and expressing nationalism as a way to promote victory in the war. This is one of the reasons DC comics are so special, because they create a mirror to what was happening in society during their time by having the heroes beat the odds and come out victorious.

Although DC may be superior in the comic area, Marvel has it beat when it comes to movies. Marvel has made many good movies that do their fun characters justice. While they may not all be the most inspiring stories, they are very good entertainment, and supply audiences with good jokes and good storylines. While DC has made a few great movies including Wonder Woman and The Dark Knight, overall, their storylines can be difficult to follow because of how action-packed they are. Marvel Cinematic Studios has DC beat because they are consistent in delivering good movies.

While Marvel excels when it comes to delivering quality films, DC is superior to Marvel overall because it has created excellent characters, and inspiration to the real world. Although Marvel has some excellent characters itself including The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, and the X-Men, DC not only has characters like these, but they also have used those characters to empower society and in a sense, fight crime of the real world. DC proves better than Marvel because of the special content it brings audiences.