DC v Marvel: Battle for box-office revenue by James Fransham, Lloyd Parker, Robert Jones and Phil Kenny
Comic-book superheroes battle bad guys. But the two main comic publishers fight commercially in even tougher ways. Alongside the release of 2013's summer superhero movies, The Economist produced a data-visualisation that depicts every superhero film by the two companies since the 1970s, broken down by franchise (ie, character), and revenue (US and foreign). It shows how DC's early lead was overtaken (Wham! Pow!!) by Marvel, and how blockbusters and foreign sales have now become more important for the business.