Over at the land of Cerpts and honey http://landofcerptsandhoney.blogspot.com/ there was an interesting article regarding DC Comics and it's so called Reboot.
I have always been firmly in the Marvel camp when it comes to comparisons between these two mainstream giants. I always felt that DC characters were rather bland, banal and, well, silly. In the context of comic books of course 'silly' is sort of part of the mission statement. At DC the key character was Superman who is pretty much one dimensional and there is little of interest in his exploits to retain my attention. Being all powerful is somewhat limiting. And there's all the capes; DC has more characters wearing capes which I feel is rather impractical. Batman is the exception as far as I am concerned, his cape serves a purpose and his lack of special powers makes him interesting, he would fit into the Marvel Universe quite snuggly.
The thing with DC is the convoluted nature of it's universe, the elements of different world and mythologies that are more complex than the Times Crossword.
In Marvel's world it is by and large set in the real world and the characters have a depth that is sadly lacking in the majority of DC heroes and alter egos.
As a child I discovered Marvel, primarily through the Stan Lee & Jack Kirby Fantastic Four along with Stan Lee & Steve Ditko's Spider-Man. These comics had a touch of reality about them and had great action alongside moments of levity. while DC had Mr Mxyzptlk, Superdog, Superhorse and Bat Mite Marvel had Doctor Doom, The Sanddman, Loki, Puppet Master and other well formed villains. I would go over to The Legion of superheroes at DC for pure escapism but return time and again to Herb Trimpe's Hulk, Gene Colan's Daredevil and The Avengers.
Of course there were artists that worked both sides of the great divide; primarily Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, but Gil Kane and Neal Adams work aside I was always drawn to Marvel. Conan in it's Barry Smith form transformed into Buscema's muscular version. MOKF by Moench and Gulacy,Warlock & Captain Marvel by Starlin, Miller's DD and Claremont & Byrne's relaunch of X-Men these where some of the titles that always made it Marvel for me. The reboots that were popular in the eighties and nineties were a bit tedious all round but in the Ultimates line Marvel came up trumps.