One of the biggest rivalries in pop culture is without a doubt Marvel & DC Comics. One of the people responsible for this was the legendary Stan Lee, who unfortunately passed away last November at the age of 95. When Lee started revolutionizing superheroes in the sixties, DC Comics had already been established for decades. With the help of other iconic comic book creators like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Marvel Comics introduced such characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers and the two companies have been rivals ever since.
But it has been a civilized rivalry as each company is quick to give each other praise for their accomplishments from time to time. This is no different also when there is a loss. In this weeks DC Comics’ titles, the imprint has paid tribute to the late Stan Lee. You can check it out below.
Lee will forever be know for his historic work at Marvel Comics, but like most creators in the industry, Lee has also briefly worked for DC Comics. His first DC credit was in Detective Comics #600 during the Blind Justice story line in May of 1989, where he wrote a poem dedicated to Batman. But he will mostly be known at DC for his 13 issue Just Imagine series in 2001-2002 where Lee re-imagined some of DC’s most important characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and others. His last credited work at DC was in 2004’s DC Comics Presents: Superman #1.
It was not all roses though, in 1970 Jack Kirby being very upset with royalties and overall lack of appreciation for his work. So when Marvel publisher Martin Goodman presented him with a new contract that would force Kirby to sign away some legal rights, Kirby refused and moved his talents to DC Comics. This led to the creation of Kirby’s Fourth World and introduced the New Gods in three titles New Gods, Forever People and Mister Miracle. It was in Mister Miracle #6 where Kirby created a character that is said to be a parody of Lee called Funky Flashman, as he was very upset with Marvel at the time.
Lee is very well known for his Marvel film cameos, but just last summer he voiced an animated version of himself in Warner Bros. Animation film, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies making very clear that despite being rivals there is a lot of love and respect, because at the end of the day we enjoy the characters from both imprints.
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This tribute can be found in DC comic books on stands today.
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Source: DC Comics