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Today in Nerd History | January 2

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on January 2nd in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

SUPERMAN VS SPIDER-MAN | 1964

In 1976, Marvel and DC came together to make an oversized comic book entitled Superman vs the Amazing Spider-Man: The Battle of the Century. The story involves Superman and Spider-Man teaming up to stop a world domination plot by their arch-enemies, Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The comic was the result of a suggestion by author and literary agent David Obst, who proposed a feature film crossover between Marvel’s Spider-Man and DC’s Superman characters. However, since both heroes had their own movie projects in the works, the two companies settled for a comic book instead.
  • The comic was a huge success, selling over half a million copies and becoming the best-selling comic book of 1976. It also paved the way for more crossovers between DC and Marvel in the future, such as Superman and Spider-Man, Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk, and Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans.
  • The comic had a controversial scene where Spider-Man, who was secretly powered up by Lex Luthor, managed to beat Superman into the ground. However, when Spider-Man’s upgrade faded, he realized that he was no match for Superman’s Kryptonian strength and durability. The scene was meant to show that Spider-Man was a more realistic and relatable hero than Superman, but also that Superman was a more noble and heroic one.




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