Marvel vs. DC: Illinois goes for Superman in new survey

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PEORIA, Ill. — A recent survey from shows an increasing clash between the Marvel and DC comic book universes throughout the country, with Illinois siding with DC.

The survey also shows the state’s most popular superhero is Superman. Illinois is home to Metropolis and a fifteen-foot-tall, two-ton Man of Steel statue. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., also prominently features DC characters.

The team at used Google Trends data to identify each state’s most popular comic book universe and superhero. The results of our Marvel versus DC poll show that fans may not be so loyal to last year’s most popular heroes.

While Marvel conquered last year’s survey, the tables have turned this year. Besides Illinois, 31 other states named DC their most popular comic book universe, and fourteen chose Marvel. Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Kentucky couldn’t name a winner between the two universes, though all four named a DC superhero as their favorite.

Twenty-nine of the top heroes also came from DC comics, while twenty-two came from Marvel.

For more on the results of the poll, click here.

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