Feel free to toss in Dark Horse, Image, IDW, etc.
I used to be Marvel, but somewhere around the time of The Crossing storyline (95-ish), they seemed to have lost their way. In Iron Man’s case, Busiek, Grell, and Fraction are the only ones who’ve been able to write a damn (since the mid 90’s, I mean) and the other writers have been pretty much garbage (Quesada’s living armor story aside). I hate the giant crossover stories with a passion (glares at civil war, house of M, the crossing, etc.) . They seem to exist only to boost sales and reinvent characters. DC on the other hand has always been bland to me (the occaisional Batman aside), although I loved Batman the Animated series (the 90’s one by Dini).
I think I have to go with Dark Horse as the best COMIC BOOK publisher. While I may not care about (or even like) their original/creator-owner series, I think their licensed product is fantastic. AVP and Star Wars are great. Buffy Season 8 and Serenity are just phenomenal for fans of the Buffyverse and Firefly; they capture their source shows very well. I can’t wait for the in-development Dark Horse Comics app (the general store one). Here’s hoping that Fox & others don’t block the sales of licensed works for the app.
For Movies, I think Marvel’s are the best on average, while DC has the best individual movies (Read: Batman), but also has the worst (See: everything not involving Batman, as well as the two Schumacher Batman films).
What do you guys think?