Top 12 Marvel & DC "Accidental" Matches (Not In A Good Way)
You don't have to be a comics fan to notice that there is more than one similarity between some characters in Marvel and DC. We know that the two American publishers have been in a never-ending dispute for the best and most powerful heroes and villains.
Therefore, the question now is: has a company been copying the work of the other? To clarify this, we have a top 12 for Marvel and DC wannabes to determine which has the original figure and who is just an imitator. In the end, we will figure out which publisher deserves the copycat prize. Let's get started!
12. Ghost Rider vs. Atomic Skull
The former is Marvel's stunt motorcyclist, Johnny Blaze, who decided to give his soul to Satan to save his father. In turn, his head became a flaming skull, and he wields blasts of hellfire from his body. The latter is Superman's foe, a villain who can deliver energy bolts through his mask due to an accident in a radioactive lab.
But physically, they both have a burning head, so who is the original character? Well, it turns out it is Ghost Rider in this case. His first appearance was in Marvel Spotlight #5 in August 1972, while Atomic Skull turned up six years later. So the board starts with Marvel 1 - DC 0.
11. The Wasp vs. Bumblebee
Janet van Dyne is The Wasp, a superheroine who is depicted with the ability to shrink, fly with insectoid wings, and fire bio-electric energy blasts. We saw her on the big screen recently in Ant-Man & The Wasp. DC's hero can fly, produce hypersonic bursts, and has a suit that increases her strength and agility.
Can you guess now who the carbon copy is? You're right! It is Bumblebee. She first appeared in Teen Titans #45 in December 1976, whereas The Wasp had been entertaining us since June 1963 when she was portrayed in Tales to Astonish #44. After this round, the board is Marvel 2 - DC 0.
10. Swamp Thing vs. Man-Thing
The physical similarities of these two figures cannot be omitted; they both have monstrous appearances as a result of failed experiments. Although they were published in the same year, 1971, we have to look at the months then. Man-Thing was released in May and Swamp Thing later on. That leaves the board: Marvel 3 - DC 0.
9. X-Men vs. Doom Patrol
Here we have another close call. We saw Marvel's mutants for the first time in September 1963. They were described as a group of humans with superpowers that were activated by the "X Gene". They wanted a peaceful and equal world for mutants and humans. The group was led by Charles Xavier and had characters like Cyclops.
DC's Doom Patrol is composed of super-powered misfits that were outcasted thanks to their "gifts". Among the member, we have The Chief, Robotman, Elasti-Girl, and Negative Man. It turns out this group was also released in 1963 but June. This leaves the board Marvel 3 - Dc 1.
8. Catwoman vs. Black Cat
The likeliness can't come out as mere coincidence. Here we have two females with feline abilities that are villains and also heroines from time to time. Catwoman is portrayed next to Batman, while Black Cat appears in Spider-Man's world. Marvel's character popped up in July 1979, and DC's figure turned up in 1940. Marvel 3 - DC 2!
7. Dr. Fate vs. Dr. Strange
DC's doctor has been incarnated by several individuals who are a succession of sorcerers. Among the powers of these people, we can mention superhuman strength, telekinesis, telepathy, pyrokinesis, and spellcasting. Marvel's doctor is the Sorcerer Supreme who has magical and martial arts abilities.
Now, who is the faker here? Dr. Strange's introduction was in Strange Tales #110 in July 1963, but Dr. Fate had been around long before, since May 1940, to be more specific. With Dr. Fate taking the lead in this round, now we have a tie between the two publishers: Marvel 3 - DC 3.
6. Silver Surfer vs. Black Racer
Silver Surfer is a superhero published by Marvel back in March 1966. He is a humanoid with metallic skin, super strength, and the ability to manipulate ambient energy. He also travels through space using a surfboard-like craft. We even got to see him on the big screen in the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Black Racer is a deity and an avatar in DC's universe that can phase through solid objects and travels through powered celestial skis. Surprisingly, both characters were created by Jack Kirby, but Black Racer was published in July 1971. That leaves us with Marvel 4 - DC 3.
5. Darkseid vs. Thanos and Apocalypse
First, let's consider DC's supervillain, Darkseid. He is a being from the race of New Gods whose main power is firing Omega Beams through his eyes and hands. He is a stable Superman villain and an archenemy of the Justice League. Then we have Thanos, who needs no further explanation after what we saw in Infinity War.
Perhaps, the other Marvel character is less known, Apocalypse, although he also has a movie with the X-Men. He is an ancient mutant and an immortal being that can alter his form. With two figures against one, who do you think that could win?
Well, despite all odds, the winner of this round is DC. Darkseid was published in 1970, while Thanos and Apocalypse came in 1973 and 1986 respectively. Although the three are some of the worst baddies in both universes, now we know who the original one is. Marvel 4 - DC 4!
4. Solomon Grundy vs. The Hulk
Needless to say, these two green-skinned beasts are very similar visually speaking. They both have a vast degree of physical strength as well, although we think The Hulk would win if they ever fought. However, for our list, Solomon is the victor since he turned up in 1944, whereas Marvel's hero appeared in 1962. Marvel 4 - DC 5!
3. Aquaman vs. Namor the Sub-Mariner
This copycat is pretty obvious because the two characters cannot be more alike: they are both half Atlanteans, can swim super fast, and have a lot of strength, except that Namor can fly in the air, while Aquaman can communicate with marine life through telepathy.
But who came first? This point goes to Marvel because Sub-Mariner showed up in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly in April 1939, whereas Aquaman did it in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. This is a hotly contested battle, and we have a tie again: Marvel 5 - DC 5.
2. Deadpool vs. Deathstroke
Now we get to the second spot with the two Wilsons: Deathstroke is a mercenary and assassin, and Deadpool is, well, pretty much the same. Who is the copycat here? Sadly for fans, it's Marvel's Deadpool. He was published in February 1991, but we have seen DC's Deathstroke since 1980. Now we have the board with Marvel 5 -DC 6.
1. Presence vs. One-Above-All
We couldn't save the first spot for any others than the most powerful characters in their respective universes. They are both the representation of God and the responsible ones for the creation of all life. However, Presence came in 1940, while One-Above-All showed up 36 years later. This means that the final board is Marvel 5 - DC 7.
With this top 12, it is safe to say that the biggest rip-off artist award goes to Marvel that copied more characters than DC. And that is without counting many other copycats like Captain America, Scarecrow, Beetle, Jarvis, Electro, Mr. Fantastic, Ultron, Lizard, and so many more.
Did the results of our top twelve come as a surprise to you? Did you think that Marvel was more original than DC? Well, we have just presented you with the evidence, so now let us know what you think in the comment section below. Also, share this article with all your fellow comics fans.
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