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This is a solid examination of the long, often bitter and ultimately impactful rivalry between DC Comics and Marvel. Scholarly in its scope, yet easily accessible, the work upturns many stones to find the roots of enminity and malice between the two companies, borne out by both companies' management teams, and how it has affected the creators in their employ and the readers in their enthrall.
Few in the industry's upper echelons emerge unscathed, and that's important to know and learn.
The scope is wide, encompassing all eras of comics, including the vibrant cinematic and small-screen exploits.
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I imagine like many others, my knowledge of the DC and Marvel characters and their origins (both inside and outside their respective universes) was largely based on the cinematic releases of the last 30 years. This was a very interesting jumping off point as someone curious about the back stories of many other industries and also a bit of an outsider comic book fan.
The book is well paced following a roughly chronological history of each company with brief summaries of the founding of each company and early years up to about 1960. The 1960s are where the "vs" part of the story gains legs and the author does a good job with multiple inside sources recollecting the various back and forth battles the two companies had with one another, as well as the internal woe's eached experienced over the subsequent decades.
The audio presentation was great with the exception of the author trying to do different voices for some of the quoted sources. Does not ruin the experience but I found it mildly annoying.
It has peaked my further interest in the comic book realm and in am now anxiously awaiting a few online comic book purchases!