During a research experiment last month, a team of scientists from Ontario University discover a phenomenon whose very existence has been denied by comic book scholars for decades: a hybrid comic-book reader who enjoys reading Marvel Comics and DC Comics equally.
Until now, comic-book analysts have claimed that the comic book industry is a binary system, with fans either liking DC or Marvel. While there were some rare Marvel fans who like some comic arcs from DC, and vice versa, the scientists of Ontario University claim that this man, who likes both equally, is one of a kind.
The man in question is Jake Griffus, a 20-year-old resident of Flint, MI. We at Movie Pilot managed to reach out to this extraordinary being!
While Griffus enjoys some of the superhero movies, his favorite hobby is just sitting around the house reading comics. He loves the comics of the past, but equally embraces current comic book arcs, like 'Civil War II' in Marvel and the recent 'DC Rebirth.'
When asked who his favorite superhero was, Griffus had this to say:
"I really don't like choosing favorites, because the characters are always changing. I have to like Batman, because he's so great, but I also enjoy Sam Wilson's Captain America. Punisher is cool too, and Plastic Man. Pretty much anything DC or Marvel put out there immediately becomes my favorite thing."
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Though he doesn't watch them often, Griffus does have a modest collection of superhero movies, including his favorite films, The Dark Knight and Guardians of the Galaxy. He hopes to eventually add 1989's Batman and Captain America: Civil War to his collection. He admits he was disappointed with Civil War for straying from the comics, but would like to use the movie as "background noise."
In addition to liking DC and Marvel, Griffus made it clear that he enjoys other things as well, such as Star Wars and American Horror Story. He attempted to make this very clear during our visit, as if to undermine his extraordinary equal love for DC and Marvel.
We were able to observe Griffus in his day to day life, as he read comics and ate brownies that were clearanced out at his local grocery store. We were also fortunate enough to see Griffus hang his new Superman Returns poster he had received in the mail. It was truly remarkable to see his incredible poster collection, ranging from Batman Begins to Eric Bana's Hulk. When asked why he has such a vast poster collection, Griffus told Movie Pilot that "seeing the heroes on a piece of paper makes them seem like comics again." When asked whether or not including DC and Marvel posters in the same room together made him feel uncomfortable, Griffus shrugged, as if it were a completely normal act.
Researchers have yet to determine if Griffus's unique and extraordinary act is a bold act in defiance of the DC vs. Marvel fan war, or complete ignorance of there being anything unnatural about his views. Dr. Mathias Deeds of Harvard University had this to say about Jake Griffus's unusual ways:
"Jake's abnormal behavior is clearly a direct result of poor parenting. As a child, his parents likely introduced him to the Tim Burton 'Batman' series as he watched Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' series. Rather than polarizing Jake to one side of the graphic novel spectrum, his parents ignored him and let him enjoys comics from both DC and Marvel. This has clearly had a negative impact on his mind, because even as an adult, Jake does not acknowledge the differences between Marvel and DC, as though he lives in some false, alternate reality where it is possible to enjoy the Avengers as much as the Justice League."
While no other hybrid comic-book readers like Jake Griffus have been discovered before, analysts claim that the existence of Griffus could result in more open-minded readers existing in the distant future. Until now, it was deemed impossible for a person to like DC and Marvel equally, but this Universal Law has been broken, hypothetically creating a rupture in our world. This increase in hybrid readers may eventually change the entire comic-book industry.
Until now, comic-book fans either chose to read DC or Marvel, but if more people choose to read both, comic-book sales could hypothetically double, as could the box office revenue of comic-book movies. There are some who said that comic-books are dying out, but the recent discovery of Jake Griffus, the open-minded comic-book reader, could some day change all of that.
He still hates Dark Horse comics, though.
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