Counterespionage in the Comic-Book World: DC v. Marvel

A new book, "Slugfest," details the epically petty battles between the creators of Batman and Captain America.
'Slugfest: Inside the Epic 50-Year Battle Between DC and Marvel' lays out the rivalry between the comic book behemoths.

It began as a playground argument for Reed Tucker, who can remember schoolyard battles over which was better, Marvel or DC Comics, or whether Hulk could whup Superman. But the idea for a book about the creators of his childhood heroes didn’t come until 2016, when Time Warner–owned DC Entertainment threatened to release its long-awaited superhero movie Batman v. Superman on the same day as the Disney-owned Marvel Studios blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. The internet exploded.

Tucker’s resulting(Da Capo Press, $27), lays out the rivalry between these behemoths, beginning, those worlds—on page and behind the scenes—got very dark indeed.

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