Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? So, it's not a surprise when there are two main titans in the comic book industry that there be some... similarities.
Be it a broad generalization (team of gifted misfits fighting for those that hate them... Doom Patrol/X-Men) or... really specific, like cat burglars who don black spandex suits and team-up and occasionally sleep with their sometimes rival while walking the line between right and wrong (Catwoman/Black Cat).
Marvel and DC have even acknowledged these... coincidences at times, like the Amalgam universe where they met their alternate universe counterpart. We've decided to highlight just how bad it can get at times, these are the most shameless Marvel and DC analogs.
Dr. Fate and Doctor Strange
Similarities: Sorcerers/doctors who wield powerful amulets to fight the evil doers of the magic worlds.
Dr. Fate first appearance: More Fun Comics #55 in May 1940
Doctor Strange first appearance: Strange Tales #110 in July 1963Are they copies of each other?
Thunderbolts and Suicide SquadPhoto: flickr / CC0
Similarities: Teams of villains disguised as heroes with a... flexible sense of right and wrong. Both walking the line between good and evil on a case by case basis.
Thunderbolts first appearance: The Incredible Hulk #449 in January 1997
Suicide Squad first appearance: The Brave and the Bold #25 in September 1959Are they copies of each other?
Deadshot and Bullseye
Similarities: Hired assassin enemies of a vigilante superhero. Expert marksmen who claim to "never miss."
Deadshot first appearance: Batman #59 in June/July 1950
Bullseye first appearance: Daredevil #131 in March 1976Are they copies of each other?
Lobo and Wolverine
Similarities: Short, hairy, foul mouthed fan favorite characters with a tendency to skewer (with a hook or claws) and chomp on cigars.
Lobo first appearance: Omega Men #3 in June 1983
Wolverine first appearance: The Incredible Hulk #180 in October 1974Are they copies of each other?