• Slugfest

  • Inside the Epic, 50-Year Battle Between Marvel and DC
  • By: Reed Tucker
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Over the years, the companies have deployed an arsenal of schemes in an attempt to outmanoeuvre the competition, whether it be stealing ideas, poaching employees, planting spies, ripping off characters or launching price wars. Sometimes the feud has been vicious, at other times, more cordial. But it has never completely disappeared, and it simmers on a low boil to this day.

This is the story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told. Other books have revealed elements of the Marvel-DC battle, but this will be the first one to put it all together into a single, juicy narrative. It will also serve as an alternate history of the superhero, told through the lens of these two publishers.

©2017 Reed Tucker (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

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  • Kevin
  • 12-16-18

Packed Full Of Insights and Rarities.

For anyone with a mild interest of comic books this book is a great revelation. Packed full of the back story to the two behemoths of the comic book superhero industry and their rivalry.

Both companies have had their far share of ups and downs and this audiobook chronicles all their respective highs and lows, artistically and financially. Loads of anecdotes from all the main protagonists involved, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Carmine Infantino, Julius Schwartz, Jeanette Kahn, Steve Ditko, Bob Kane and many many others.

Right from both comics companies early days in the 30’s/40’s right through to the modern era and their cinematic and TV are all covered.

I’m more knowledgeable about both companies back stories now having checked out ‘Slugfest’.

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  • Vaughan96
  • 11-15-18

Gloriously insightful!

A fantastic look at the occasionally intense rivalry between the two juggernauts of comics!

After the recent passing of the face of Marvel, Stan Lee, I told a friend that I was looking for a decent biography and they suggested I read this instead.

Although it covers much more than just the life of Stan Lee it provides a great overview of his influence in the fast growing, and greatly marginalised, industry as well as the influence of those he collaborated with and his competitors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-18

Insightful and factual

Brilliant. A really in depth history of both companies and their rivalry over the last half century.

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  • Brett Summers
  • 08-10-18

Excellent book

A very good insight into the comic book rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics. Get this!

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  • NjokuClan
  • 05-04-18

Marvelous

Great and interesting history of the comic world we have all come to know and love. So many examples of deals and characters that made the industry

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  • mr
  • 12-26-21

Poorly researched, inaccurate by omission

The text leaves out huge swathes of information and context- for one example, failing to even mention Karen Berger and her impact at DC and on the industry in general; for another, making a big deal of Malibu Comics’ market share in 1992, painting this as a failure of DC due to Malibu being a publisher of little consequence, while failing to mention that 1992 is when Malibu started publishing the Image Comics imprint- and the reader sadly was given no guidance on pronunciations. Gary Conway?

Could have been an interesting book. Sadly not.

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  • Dioworship
  • 03-01-18

An interesting listen but nothing new

This was a decent enough listen, but for someone in the know on their comics history, this was a bit boring as it goes over the same ground covered by many other comic history books that came before.

The voice acting was ok but his impersonations for others were bad, especially Alan Moore who he portrayed as a posh speaking toff

I recommend Sean Howe’s ‘untold history of Marvel Comics’ over this. But that has one of the most annoying readers of all time so you’re screwed there too

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  • A. Macgregor
  • 10-10-17

great

great to hear how the marvel and dc rivelry has went on over the decades

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-19

Excellent!

A truly wonderful telling of the DC/Marvel war. The performer was equally fantastic.

If you're a fan or interested in comics. Listen.

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