Comic book quote of the day: Mark Waid on Marvel vs. DC

There’s a lengthy and pretty solid interview with writer Mark Waid over at The Onion A.V. Club. I found this bit – Waid’s personal take on the difference between the Marvel and DC stable of characters – pretty interesting:

AVC: You’ve worked for Marvel and DC extensively. What do you feel are the main differences between the characters and the companies?

MW: As far as the characters, the biggest difference is that the Marvel characters are all human. The Marvel characters are all about the human condition and all about characters with feet of clay, whereas the DC characters are gods. That’s really what they are, even if you’re talking about Green Lantern and Flash, and the B-level characters like Aquaman. They’re still basically gods. They’re costumes and powers and icons first, and personalities and foibles and weaknesses second. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. To my frustration, I constantly hear people upset that they can’t relate to Superman or Batman the way they can relate to Spider-Man or Captain America. My feeling is that maybe you’re not meant to relate to them the same way. That’s fine. It doesn’t mean they’re necessarily better or worse characters. It means that they serve different purposes. I think DC characters tend to skew toward a younger audience. I think Marvel characters have always skewed toward a slightly older audience. As you get further into heroic fiction as a reader, once you get past superheroics and the superpowers, you want to get into the characters themselves. That’s where the Marvel characters have a history of being richer characters. Getting back to the Avengers movie, I think if you put seven Justice Leaguers in that movie instead, I think it would have been a colossal failure. I love those characters. I love those characters probably more than I love the Marvel characters, but that’s because I’ve had my entire life to think about them and decide who I think they are, and I’ve written most of them, so I’ve gotten inside their heads in ways most people don’t. But as a general audience, I think you’d have to work really hard to put the same kind of emotional meat on those characters that Joss Whedon was able to with Iron Man and Captain America and everybody else in the Marvel movie.”