DC or Marvel who has more iconic stories under their brand ?

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Poll DC or Marvel who has more iconic stories under their brand ? (64 votes)

DC 67%
Marvel 33%

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Honestly I feel like Marvel has more instantly recognisable stories than DC but it's pretty close

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Probably marvel most of the Dc ones I think of are Batman self centered

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#3  Edited By jb681131

Well to decide we should make a list of iconic story:

DC:

  1. Jack Kirby's Fourth World
  2. Batman: Year One
  3. The Watchmen
  4. The Dark Knight Returns
  5. Saga of Swamp Thing (by Alan Moore)
  6. Batman: The Long Halloween
  7. The Killing Joke
  8. Crisis On Infinit Earths
  9. Batman: Knightfall
  10. Whatever Happened to the Capped Crusader ?
  11. DC: New Frontier
  12. Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
  13. The Death of Superman
  14. All-Star Superman
  15. Hal Jordan: Rebirth
  16. Sinestro Corps War
  17. Blackest Night
  18. Batman: No Man's Land
  19. The Flash: Born to Run / Flash: The Return of Barry Allen (by Mark Waid)
  20. Flashpoint
  21. Wonder Woman Gods and Mortals (By George Perez)
  22. Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia
  23. Hellblazer
  24. Sandman
  25. Kamandi
  26. Identity Crisis / Infinit Crisis / Final Crisis
  27. New Teen Titans (by Marv Wolfman)
  28. Gotham Central
  29. Batman & Son (and the Grant Morrsion run)
  30. Batman: The Owls Saga
  31. Superman: Birthright
  32. Superman: Red Son
  33. Superman: Secret Origins
  34. The Shazam! Family
  35. Kingdom Come
  36. V for Vendetta
  37. Animal Man (by Grant Morrison)
  38. Batman: Hush
  39. Arkham Asylum (by Grant Morrison)
  40. JLA (by Grant Morrison)
  41. Batman: Mad Love
  42. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  43. Superman: Brainiac
  44. Superman: Last Son
  45. Green Lantern / Green Arrow

Marvel:

  1. Dardevil by Frank Miller
  2. X-Men: New Genesis / Dark Phoenix Saga (Chris Claremont part.1)
  3. Planet Hulk / World War Hulk
  4. The Man Without Fear
  5. Daredevil: Born Again
  6. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
  7. X-Men: Days of Future Past (Chris Claremont part.2)
  8. Spider-man: Death of the Stacys
  9. Spider-man: Kraven's Last Hunt
  10. The Infinity Gem Saga
  11. Old Man Logan
  12. Civil War
  13. Captain America: The Man of Tomorrow
  14. Daredevil: Yellow
  15. Spider-man: Blue
  16. Hulk: Grey
  17. Hulk: Future Imperfect / The End
  18. Spider-man: The Alian costume saga
  19. Spider-man: Big Time / Spider-island
  20. Secret War
  21. Thor Mighty Thor (by Walter Simonson)
  22. Winter Soldier (by Ed Brubaker)
  23. Death of Captain America (by Ed Brubaker)
  24. Ultimate Spider-man
  25. Spider-Verse
  26. House of M
  27. The Galaxtus Trilogy
  28. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
  29. Annhilation
  30. Avengers vs. X-men
  31. Runaways
  32. Iron Man: Demon in a bottle
  33. Maximum Carnage
  34. Secret Invasion
  35. Fall of the Mutants
  36. Age of Apocalypse
  37. Mutant Massacre
  38. Wolverine (by Chris Claremont)
  39. The Kid Who Collects Spider-man
  40. Spider-man: Grimm Hunt / The Gauntlet
  41. PunisherMAX

Unless I missed some obvious stories, DC Wins.

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@jb681131: Great list but you included V for Vendetta twice. A few more I like that I think belong in the list are the New Krypton saga, Batman: Death in the Family, Throne of Atlantis, Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, Justice, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, Must There Be a Superman and Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga. Although it's highly underrated and far from iconic, the Batman comics by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle deserve some love.

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@jb681131: As for your Marvel list, I believe the Captain America: Man of Tomorrow you're referring to is Captain America: Man out of Time. You also should include Iron Man: Extremis.

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#9  Edited By Tomkatie

Weird comic superiority complex aside, iconic to comic fans means something totally different than iconic to casual audience fans

If you go up to someone on the street and ask for classic comic arcs they’ll probably say “Infinity War and Endgame”

Comic-wise, there are some damn classic X-Men arcs, then Infinity (Gauntlet, War, Crusade) as well as Crisis on Infinite Earths and Judas Contract. Honestly, I’d say it’s pretty tied in comics

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While DC has more iconic characters, Marvel has more iconic stories imo.

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#11  Edited By Drveo08

@gateofbabylon: what marvel stories are more iconic than Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns?

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#12  Edited By Supermanfan1938

@jb681131: Why is Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis listed together, they're not even remotely similar to each other outside of having Crisis in the name.

Superman Beyond should also be on the list. And For the Man Who Has Everything which got adapted twice already (JL cartoon, CW Supergirl). Also Lucifer by Mike Carey

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#13  Edited By GateOfBabylon

@drveo08: I didn't mean that Marvel stories are more iconic (I see now that my post was worded poorly). I meant they have more iconic stories, as in more of them. But that's just purely in my book. I'd completely understand if you disagree, it's all up to individual exposure.

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#14  Edited By Supermanfan1938

The most iconic stories:

DC: Superman is jesus story

Marvel: Comoc accuracy story lolI love deadpool and spoderman theyare funny like the comics XD

It's a tie

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#15  Edited By jb681131

@supermanfan1938: I don't know about Lucifer. It's very good, but is it Iconic ?

Superman beyond - never heard of it.

Why not for The Man Who Has Everything. But it's not that well known even if it's been adapted.

The 3 Crisis stories are linked. Maybe Identity/Infinit and Final can be seperated.

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DC

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DC has far more iconic stories than Marvel. Iconic in a sense that it elevated the comic book medium in a more "serious literature" territory.

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#18  Edited By Mike_Fowler  Online

@jb681131: left off the following for marvel

41. The Ultimates Vol. 1 and 2

42. Punisher MAX

43. Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolffe

44: Spider-Man: If This Be My Destiny

45. Fantastic Four (by Jonathan Hickman)

46. Hawkeye’s run by Matt Fraction

And I’m probably forgetting some other iconic runs/stories

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#19  Edited By Killer94

@jb681131:

Include the ff for DC:

  • DMZ
  • 100 Bullets
  • Fables
  • Transmetropolitan
  • Planetary
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Promethea
  • The Invisibles
  • Ex Machina
  • Y: The Last Man
  • American Vampire
  • Astro City
  • Daytripper
  • Kid Eternity
  • Loveless
  • Sheriff of Babylon
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Scalped
  • Hitman
  • Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
  • Superman for All Seasons
  • Superman: Secret Identity
  • Preacher
  • Joker
  • The Multiversity
  • The Authority
  • Identity Crisis
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@killer94 said:

@jb681131:

Include the ff for DC:

  • DMZ
  • 100 Bullets
  • Fables
  • Transmetropolitan
  • Planetary
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Promethea
  • The Invisibles
  • Ex Machina
  • Y: The Last Man
  • American Vampire
  • Astro City
  • Daytripper
  • Kid Eternity
  • Loveless
  • Sheriff of Babylon
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Scalped
  • Hitman
  • Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
  • Superman for All Seasons
  • Superman: Secret Identity
  • Preacher
  • Joker
  • The Multiversity
  • The Authority
  • Identity Crisis

I really like those too, but are they really all "Iconic" ? Event if some are of better quality like "100 bullets", "Transmetropolitan" and "Sweet Tooth".

By the way, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", is not from DC at all.

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I'll add these for DC:

-Dark knight Metal

-Doomsday clock

-The return of superman

-Batman: Death of the family

-52

-Trinity war

-Forever evil

-Batman: Requiem

-Batman Eternal

-The great darkness saga

-Injustice: gods among us

-JLA: The tower of Babel

-JLA: Justice for all

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#22  Edited By Scholomance

@killer94 said:

DC has far more iconic stories than Marvel. Iconic in a sense that it elevated the comic book medium in a more "serious literature" territory.

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@jb681131 said:

By the way, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", is not from DC at all.

LXG was originally published by DC (at least the Vol. 1 & 2 and its OGN, The Black Dossier), but Moore went batshit crazy and decided to switch publishers.

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@scholomance: DC recently released a LOEG omnibus ... they still have the rights i think

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@scholomance: DC recently released a LOEG omnibus ... they still have the rights i think

Yes, they have the rights for the first two volumes and the OGN.

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#28  Edited By LightingJack

@scholomance: hey another question does dc also holds rights of top 10 by alan moore ?

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@scholomance: hey another question does dc also holds rights of top 10 by alan moore ?

Technically Yes. America's Best Comics is a subsidiary/imprint of DC.

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@cramem: Return of Superman is considered part of the Death saga. I'll give you Great Darkness Saga and maybe Tower of Babek but the rest are far from iconic. Doomsday Clock in particular isn't even finished yet.

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I think this a battle between, JL against X-Men, which is very hard, but I vote DC

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DC imo

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In general, Marvel's run-of-the-mill and continuity is better than at DC's, but DC's stories are more, well, iconic, more full of red, white and blue, more grandiose in scope and symbolism.

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The older DC comics stories and most of the Batman stories are iconic, but they are nowhere near as much as the iconic Marvel ones. What I am saying is not that Marvel's stories are better but they are just better recognized, more acclaimed and people actually know about them.

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#37  Edited By Nucleon

@entropy_aegis: Have you re-read "Great Darkness Saga" of late? Terrible, infantile story, horribly written, all over the place, with drawings to match it. But damn, it was so good when I was 14.

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I would say it’s pretty even overall tbh probably DC has more solo iconic stories due to Batman but both sides have great stories and characters in spades.

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@tdk_1997: Watchmen is arguably more iconic than any Marvel storyline.

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@tdk_1997 said:

The older DC comics stories and most of the Batman stories are iconic, but they are nowhere near as much as the iconic Marvel ones. What I am saying is not that Marvel's stories are better but they are just better recognized, more acclaimed and people actually know about them.

What's more iconic than Watchmen and TDKR?

both comics revitalized the comics industry in the 80's, these two classic stories influenced a generation of future writers to create a more adult oriented comics.

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@scholomance: @ready_4_madness: The question of the thread isn't which publisher has the most most iconic story but which one has more of them. So, what the creator of the thread is asking is for more than one storyline. All I am saying is that Marvel has a bigger number of them than DC.

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@tdk_1997 said:

The older DC comics stories and most of the Batman stories are iconic, but they are nowhere near as much as the iconic Marvel ones. What I am saying is not that Marvel's stories are better but they are just better recognized, more acclaimed and people actually know about them.

What's more iconic than Watchmen and TDKR?

Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Which is also DC, obv.

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@tdk_1997: how? You said that most of the classics came from Batman, without naming where all the other classics come from.

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@tdk_1997: how? You said that most of the classics came from Batman, without naming where all the other classics come from.

You want me to list all of the classic stories?

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DC

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This thread is just calling for fanboyism and wankage

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@tdk_1997: I want you to tell me which other characters have classics of their own.

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#50  Edited By Gracetrack

DC for sure.

And personally, I'd also include these on DC's list.

  • The Return of Bruce Wayne
  • Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder
  • Aquaman: The Trench
  • Batman: Endgame
  • Dark Nights: Metal
  • The Batman Who Laughs
  • Batman: Last Knight on Earth (depending on how well issue #3 finishes things out)