Debates surely rage in comic book stores all over the globe about which is the better Marvel animated show . Fans can become passionate about "The Super Hero Squad Show" and how it fairs against "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes." Instead of debating which is the better show, maybe they should be debating about which show is more important for the future of Marvel Comics.
For the Kids
There is no debating that "The Super Hero Squad Show" is geared towards a younger audience. The superheroes on the show are caricatures of the comic book characters they are based on. Slapstick comedy is apparent when you see the Hulk getting a pie in the face. Kids are able to connect with the show since it uses humor they can relate to and the storylines are not above what they can comprehend.
For the Adults
"The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" is geared toward older viewers, who have been familiar with the comic books for years. The characters are truer to what would be found in the comics, and the storylines are pulled right out of the pages we have been reading for years. While not exact to the original stories, a viewer could pick up the basis of each character and storyline in one episode without having to know the history of what actually happened when.
There are distinct goals when talking about the two Marvel Comics animated shows. "The Super Hero Squad Show" draws kids into being interested in the comic book characters they see on TV. They are the next generation Marvel has to market to and ensure future stability. At the same time, the show gives longtime fans something to laugh at and explores some of the "What if?" jokes comic collectors have chuckled over since Jack Kirby and Stan Lee first teamed up.
"The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" is goaled with getting older fans excited about what is going on in the Marvel Universe. The upcoming "The Avengers" is only one of the current projects the animated show can push. Future movies from various characters can also be touched upon in the show along with the stories in the physical pages of the comics on the market today. At the same time, since most of the episodes follow classic storylines, fans want to read those old stories, and the original copies or reprints can be purchased at a local comic book store.
Both "The Super Hero Squad Show" and "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" do a great job at speaking to the crowds they are aimed at. Both are equally important as one will reinvigorate the current fans while the other will grow the next generation of comic book fans. Both are great marketing tools for Marvel and will be remembered for years for what they added to the industry.
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