Bracketology: Dressed for Success -- 6th Round (the Final Four)
Doug: A potentially-lively discussion was brewing in the comments section of last Sunday's Bracektology post, so I'll move it over here for today's topic. Thanks to Inkstained Wretch and Garett for the immediate impetus. You can see a reprint of the exchange below -- let's use these comments as a take-off point for today's interaction; and thanks for playing along!
Doug: Question -- which company had better art in the Bronze Age, Marvel or DC? Inkstained Wretch said... The Marvel bias in the final round is pretty striking. I wonder
how much of that is based just on Marvel's strength relative to DC in
the Bronze Age? I mean, Marvel just sold better back then so does that
give it a stronger nostalgia factor? Or did Marvel's sell better in the
first place in part because they had better costume designs?o
Doug said... If I counted correctly, we began this series of polls with 33 DC costumes, 2 independents, and 61 Marvel costumes.
think we all just read more Marvels as kids... And let's face it --
the comics were better due in large part to plots aimed at college-aged
kids, better art (overall), and a pushing of the envelope that made
Marvel's Bronze Age overall more exciting than DC's. Of course this is my opinion only.
Garett said... Did Marvel have better art during the Bronze age? DC had Kirby,
Adams, Aparo, Wrightson, Kubert, Grell, Garcia Lopez, Kaluta... and
Byrne and Miller switched to DC later on, as did Perez and Kane.
Might be a good topic for a day!
Doug: Consider this a 2-for-1 today, kids. I saw the pic below on a site yesterday and thought I'd pass it along. It was taken on the set of Iron Man 3, filming in Florida. Feel free to add these comments to the art discussion above.
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