DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996) - TPB
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Cover Date: 1996
Cover Price: US $ 19.95
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Format: Color; Trade Paperback; 32 pages
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DC vs Marvel Comics or Marvel Comics vs DC is a 1997 comic book mini-series by DC Comics and Marvel. In DC vs Marvel, two "Brothers" personify the universes that comics fans know as DC and Marvel. After becoming aware of the other's existence, the brothers challenge each other to a series of duels involving each universe's respective superheroes. The series includes four comics total.
The matches are written by Ron Marz and Peter David, with art by Dan Jurgens and Claudio Castellini. There are eleven primary battles that occur between the heroes, along with numerous other skirmishes between other DC and Marvel heroes that are briefly shown and are typically displayed only in one or two panels without giving any indication of a decisive winner, with the exception of a fight between Captain America and Bane in which Captain America wins. Of the eleven primary battles, the outcome of five fights are determined through fan votes while the remaining six are decided by various team of writers and artists participating in writing the entire event, with each universe winning three of these fights. Despite Marvel achieving more votes than its rival, and thus winning more matches, the series' storyline opts not to show one side victorious. Marvel wins three of the five open to vote matches (DC's Superman and Batman win their matches, whereas Marvel's Spider-Man, Storm, and Wolverine win theirs), this proved a prescient move. The final outcome is a 6–5 Marvel "victory". After Batman defeats Captain America, it is revealed that the Amalgam universe would be used to settle the dispute, making the Marvel victory an ambiguous one.
Ultimately, the Brothers decide to "settle things in their own way" by temporarily creating a new universe. This new universe, called the Amalgam Universe, depicts a merging of each company's most popular heroes into new ones: Dark Claw (Batman + Wolverine), Spider-Boy (Spider-Man + Superboy), etc. Each new hero stars in a one-shot comic book, all of which are released prior to the series' fourth and final chapter. Caught in the middle of the two worlds is an inter-dimensional traveler by the name of Access.
The miniseries is a top vote-getter for the Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Award for Favorite Limited Series for 1997.
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