Marvel wins dollar share because they put out a lot more books, many of which cost $1.00 more than DC. Marvel wins market share because they put out a lot more books and frequently double ship (I'm seriously starting to think the only Marvel book I still get, X-men Legacy, has gone bi-weekly). But if you take the total number of books sold that month and divide it by the number of books shipped I'm not so sure that Marvel would win. That eliminates pricing variables and eliminates the effects of double shipping. If you haven't been paying attention to the charts the last few years you might not realize that the top franchise in all of comics is Green and has a Lantern and its not even close.
The only thing that is irksome is the thought that the large amount of books on the shelves insures lower sales for smaller ongoing titles and thus a revolving door of cancelations instead of minis. Also think Marvel fans can't wipe away context to justify the sales charts. The response to Marvel putting out a ton of books and winning marketshare isn't asking DC to put out 20 extra low selling books a month to close the gap.
Currently recommending: Daredevil, Mudman ( it's back!), Hawkguy, and FF. Can't miss!
>>>>Just for fun and IMO:
Overall Quality - DC. I just feel like DC has the overall quality.
Characters - Marvel. All of their characters feel like equals more or less. Whereas, DC's characters seem to have a severe dropoff point after naming their biggest ten names.
Artists - DC. Marvel has too many questionable artists.
Writers - Both. I enjoy both companies' writing.
Likes and dislikes of each
Marvel likes: I still feel like they have the 'coolest' characters and some books still retain that unmistakable Marvel charm or feel (Heroes For Hire). I also like how they set their books up for events and the double-shipping.
Marvel dislikes: Recap pages, alot of their artists, and Matt Fraction (j/k, sorta).
DC likes: Classier designs, greater artists, great suprises, and thier villains are top-notch even outside of the Batman rogues.
DC dislikes: Where to begin... ()
The places that I mostly think that DC can't hang with Marvel is in the characters department and in delivering a strong and cohesive vision as to what they want to do with their superhero efforts.
Monthlies: Cable & X-Force, Fantastic Four, New Avengers, Fearless Defenders, Savage Wolverine, Wolverine, Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny X-Men
Marvel flooding the market is a lame argument.
The argument that Marvel sells more because they flood the market doesn't make sense. If all you had to do was make lots of books to make money then every publisher would do it. You have to produce lots of books and they have to be books that people want to read.
Marvel may produce more books and if their sales are higher then its because people want those books, therefore they are more successful.
I love both but its apparent that Marvel generally makes better books when your method for evaluation is purely sales.
You mean the suits who run both places? Anyway, it's a valid thread. Simply put, the MU universe seems more relevant and relatable. That's the house that Marvel built. I only read DC comics when I was a kid, then switched to Marvel when I actually learned to read.
Annoying when someone ventures to post a perfectly fine thread, only to see it flamed by folks who only drop in to denounce something that obviously grabbed them enough of their attention to read it.