Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Are You Marvel or DC?

"Hey, are a Marvel guy or a DC guy?" This is a question I get asked quite often. The short answer is I'm a DC guy. My current subscription is mostly DC Comics. Plus, look at the name of the site. It's not The Fat Goblin.

But I really don't like taking sides. As a kid, I was into everything Marvel. I've found that as an adult I tend to gravitate more towards DC. However, I do read Marvel. I'd put the initial run of Ultimate Fantastic Four up against anything. If it's interesting, fun, and looks cool, I'm going to enjoy it regardless of the publisher. 

I also wouldn't stick to Marvel or DC because there are so many publishers out there such as IDW, Dynamite, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, and more. Although not as popular or established as Marvel or DC, these companies have published some great titles. One of my all time favorite comic book series was Conan, published by Dark Horse in 2004 and written by Kurt Busiek. Also, IDW's current Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series is fantastic.

Let's not forget all of the independent writers and artists that are working hard to get their work known. I discovered a great local NYC comic book writer/illustrator while cruising the independent section at Jim Hanley's Universe. I encourage you to check out Alec Lewellyn and his great comic book about professional wrestling, Big Title.

When all of these talented people compete, it's us, the readers who benefit from it. So whether you're a Marvel person, a DC person, a Dark Horse person, or any other kind of person, try not to pledge allegiance to a company because you could be missing out on some great stuff.

4 comments:

  1. I too read a little bit of everything under the sun. Some of my favorite series actually belong to Dark Horse and Image.

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  2. Yeah I feel sorry for ppl that only read books from a certain company cause they're missing out on some cool books out there

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  3. Thanks Chris and Charlie, I'm glad you agree! There's so much good stuff out there. I can't imagine neglecting it solely based on the publisher.

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  4. You certainly have the right, open-minded attitude about publishers.

    It does no one any good to miss out on a creator just because it's a DC title or a marvel title.


    having a love of DC characters, I try (emphasis on the "try) to poke around the hot marvel titles but end up, more often than not, disappointed by what I see as their corporate vision and end up dropping the title.

    Currently I buy FF and Fantastic Four from Marvel and about 30 title a month from DC and a wee smattering of IDW,and other indies (as much as my paycheck will allow.

    But, yeah, whatever your main publisher is, drinking form the other pools is always a good thing every now and again...

    and it's a great point to get out there!

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