The say there are only two kinds of people in the world.  Sadly, “they” don’t agree on what those two kinds are:  Dog people or cat people?  Star Wars or Star Trek?  Marvel or DC?  But perhaps the simplest dichotomy of all comes in the people who argue between Spider-Man or Batman.  Do you want the silent Dark Avenger of the Night or the fast-talking Arach-knight?  The big scalloped cape or the underarm webs?  Full-face mask or cowl?  The comparisons are fascinating, leading to today’s red-vs.-blue query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also needs you to supply your own context, asking: Spider-Man or Batman?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Taking the easy route and choosing favorites, it will depend on version.

    If it is Bruce vs Peter, then Spider-Man comes out on top. But if it is Terry vs Peter, then my choice is Batman.

    I don’t have enough strong feelings either way to make a choice on Miles. I like him, I just don’t know if I like him more or less than Bruce or Terry.

    Takuya Yamashiro, on the other hand, wins everything by virtue of having Leopardon. The series hasn’t aged particularly well, but I still love that incarnation more than most incarnations of Batman.

  2. I grew up during the batman explosion that followed the first Tim Burton movie and extended into the Animated Series of the 90’s. To me, he was over-saturated into my teenage entertainment and I’m just kind of tired of him. He’s still cool, I’ve just eaten my fill of batman for at least another decade or so.

    So I’m with the webslinger.

  3. Daniel Langsdale on

    Q: Which one has had more series, mini-series, one-shots and spin-off characters with related series, mini-series, and one-shots?

    A: Batman, by a cowl tip

  4. Marshall Nisbet on

    I love both these characters for very different reasons, but the fact of the matter is that I pick Spider-Man over Batman. However I would choose Batmans rogues gallery over Spidey’s.

  5. Spiderman – he is more relatable. The fantasy of Batman requires that one first be a multi billionaire. To be Spiderman, you just have to be a smart alleck kid who gets bitten by a spider. Both require dead parents.

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