What do you think are the fundamental differences between Marvel and DC comics?
Weirdly enough, there’s a quote from Margret Thatcher that I think I can appropriate to use to talk about comic book companies. (Not a person I thought I would ever quote, but hey.)
“DC was created by history. Marvel was created by philosophy.”
DC is a lot about legacy, even in it’s origins. Superman and Batman were born out the pulp heroes who proceeded them. They took the adventure stories and continued them and, over time, built up legacies of their own. They’re more iconic, reaching for the past with one hand and the future with the other.
Marvel, on the other hand, takes its stories smaller by making them more personal. We live with Spider-Man, the X-Men, Daredevil. We see their struggles, see them doubt and rethink and change their positions on things. They’re human, always growing and changing.
Of course, neither company is actually that different from each other and there’s lots of room in both for both history and, well,