Judging by the level of recognition, Marvel and DC are definitely mainstream, since their characters have even soaked through the Iron Curtain, although in a strange way. Spidey once appeared in a Soviet newspaper. The caption says: “It is Spider-man, a popular character of the TV and movie screen in the USA. He and similar characters cross the ocean with the only purpose to add to the export of immorality, violent and hate.”
Opinion writer. Born and raised in Russia, Nadia lives in Northern Jersey and is currently pursuing a literary career in two languages. Nadia writes comic book scripts, short stories, and novellas in different genres. She constantly hunts for examples of gorgeous storytelling in various media, e.g. TV shows, Broadway musicals, and retro ketchup ads. You can find her casual chatter about this on Twitter at @nadyabauman and Tumblr at nadiabauman.