One Shot: Marvel Almost Bought DC Comics

In a new “One-Shot” web short, Variant Comics has put together a two-minute presentation about a time in 1984 when Warner Bros. almost closed down DC Comics.

According to Comicbook.com:

“The story, as related in Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, is that in 1984, Warner Bros. brass thought DC was dead weight and offered Marvel, whose management they believed to be superior since the books were selling better, the opportunity to take over stewardship of the DC characters.

The video details that Marvel would have continued to publish DC’s seven most popular properties — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Justice League, Teen Titans and Legion of Super-Heroes — and would have had room to expand the line later if they so chose.

Marvel apparently declined, thinking that the reason DC was failing was the characters, not the management, and that it was unlikely it would have been a profitable venture for Marvel.”

I wonder what Marvel thinks now? Was Marvel correct in thinking that DC’s characters were weak? How well do you think DC is doing now, with their current character lineup? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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