Why The DC VS Marvel Fan War Is Ridiculous

Why The DC VS Marvel Fan War Is Ridiculous

Nobody wins the eternal debate.

Every nerd loves a good pop culture debate. ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek?’ Mac or PC? And one of the largest debates of all, Marvel or DC? When done respectfully, these types of arguments can be fun, and maybe even help us brush up on our rhetorical skills. However, neither side will ever prove the other wrong, and the spirited debate can turn bitter and mean-spirited. Most fans will prefer one over the other, and that’s fine, but the fight between DC and Marvel fans is ridiculous for several reasons.

Different Isn’t Better or Worse

DC and Marvel definitely take different approaches to their characters, but there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to approach a fictional concept like superheroes. The very fact that they’re doing different things means they’re not in conflict with one another, in the same way Olympians competing in different events aren’t in conflict. Since Superman was published, DC has always approached their characters as modern mythology. They publish bold, iconic characters that represent certain values and concepts. Marvel, on the other hand, has made its mark by focusing on the interpersonal drama between heroic, but very dysfunctional characters. To make a very general comparison, DC is ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Marvel is ‘Game of Thrones.’ Those two fanbases don’t have much of a rivalry, and even have a pretty large overlap. Liking one thing does not require you to hate something else just because it’s different.

The Other Comic Companies

If you only focus on the competition between DC and Marvel, you’ll be missing out of tons of other great comics publishers. A lot of them publish innovative stuff that keeps the medium fresh and exciting. These companies may not be iconic brands like DC or Marvel, but I’ll bet even people who don’t read comics are familiar with some of their properties. One of the largest competitors to the Big Two is Dark Horse Comics, However, which has done some awesome original material, like the ‘Sin City’ series and ‘300’ by Frank Miller, and Mike Mignola’s ‘Hellboy’ series. All of these have received high profile adaptations and left a mark on pop culture.

Another major publisher is Image Comics, which was created by a group of successful comic book artists in the ‘90s to give more control to creators. While most of its properties haven’t gotten much mainstream exposure (the less said about the ‘Spawn’ movie, they better), you may have heard of a little show called ‘The Walking Dead,’ which is based on the Image series by Robert Kirkman.

Writers and Artists

This might be news to superhero fans that mostly follow the movies, but if you follow comics much, you’ll know that many of the same creators work for both Marvel and DC. These writers and artists are free to work for whichever company they want, and often switch between them. A good example of this comes from writer Jeph Loeb, probably best known for his work at DC on Superman and Batman. In fact, his Batman story “The Long Halloween” was one of the main influences on Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. However, Loeb went on to work for Marvel, and is now their Head of Television.

Some comics creators spend years working with one company and defining their characters, only to switch to the competitor. Take Jack Kirby, who is best known as the artist of many Marvel comics. His first major success at Marvel came when he and writer Joe Simon created Captain America in 1940. In the ‘60s, he partnered with Stan Lee, developing such iconic characters as the Fantastic Four, the X-men, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man. When Kirby had a falling out with Marvel, he brought his creativity to DC in 1970, where he created one of their biggest villains, Darkseid (who will eventually be introduced as the main antagonist in DC’s film series). There are plenty of other creators that have switched between companies, far too many to list here. The point is, both companies’ characters have been largely created and defined by the same group of people.

Sharing is Caring

DC and Marvel share a lot more than creators, however. Hardcore fans may argue which company is more original, but ideas have been borrowed back and forth quite a bit DC started the superhero craze when they introduced the world to Superman in 1938, and immediately found themselves with competition from other companies. Marvel reworked the concept of the superhero in the ‘60s and ‘70s with their soap opera-style drama and relatable, flawed characters. This new direction helped them attract more teenagers to comic books. This era also saw the return of social commentary to superhero comics, something that had largely disappeared since the 1940s. DC saw what Marvel was doing, and applied some of these techniques to their established characters. DC took the lead in the ‘80s pushing for increasingly darker content and more serious stories with the publication of comics like ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’ Both companies have made huge innovations in comics, and learned from each other’s successes.

They Get Along Just Fine

If there is a war between Marvel and DC, it exists only in the minds of their most belligerent fans. They’ve published several inter-company crossovers together, which means they know there’s money to be made by getting along (even if their characters usually fight each others.) With the way the creators switch companies frequently, many of the people running DC and Marvel are colleagues and friends. For years, DC and Marvel both operated in New York. When DC announced it was moving its operations to California, Marvel tweeted this GIF to them as a farewell:

Really, what I'm trying to say here is, can't we all just get along?

Cover Image Credit: Pat Loika

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Top 3 Lifestyle Changes I Made In College

The mistakes I corrected which stood between me and satisfaction.


2019 has been a year of unparalleled growth for me. In 2018 I could have said the same. I spent extended periods of time analyzing the factors of my life which left me, in some ways, feeling unfulfilled. Here are the top 3 lifestyle changes that I made in college which left me feeling happier than ever.

1. Cut out the toxic people. 

A house is worthless without a solid foundation. The people which you call your friends are largely the foundation for your confidence and social life. Sometimes, we recognize that these people are overall anchors on our psyche; condescending narcissists whose confidence rests on making others feel inadequate. The first step to building self-confidence is to get these people out of your life immediately. Once you solidify this foundation, you will soon realize how pitiful these people are, and growth you had been capable of without them.

2. Do you even lift?

Not only has my physical condition improved from going to the gym, so has my mental strength. As my physical form has improved, my confidence has risen. We have spent millions of years evolving to physically exert ourselves. Our modern lifestyle has left many of us without this crucial key to endorphins and proper brain chemistry; a factor which has promoted never before seen rates of depression and anxiety. Lifting weights have left me feeling better than I can remember, with endorphins and testosterone at an all-time high.

For years, I either avoided the gym or found excuses to stop. The reason I never committed to fitness was largely a lack of interest in self-betterment, but also a feeling of cluelessness in the subject. I recommend utilizing the "Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide" linked here. This guide breaks down fitness in an incredibly easy to understand way. This information is not published by someone trying to sell you something. It was written by input from numerous online fitness enthusiasts and refined for accuracy as well as simplicity. This guide has helped me and many others in online communities start down the road to improved physical and mental health through fitness.

3. Do as much as possible, even when you don't feel like it. 

I squandered years of my short life secluding myself to a comfort bubble. While in college, I have realized that happiness largely rests on occupying yourself with new and real experiences as frequently as possible. Time which would have previously been wasted on my phone, the television, or playing online games was shifted to trying new things. As often as possible, I have pushed myself to undertake activities such as learning to snowboard, grabbing food with people from college whom I had just met, going hiking with strangers and our mutual friend, traveling solo, etc. Pushing myself further from my comfort bubble every day has been exceptionally conducive to not only living life to a greater degree but also decreasing the anxieties which we all experience.

What can you fix in your current life to build the lifestyle you dream of?

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