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Fortune’s 27 Most Fantastical Comic Book Businesses

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We used a state-of-the-art 1999 eMachines PC running Windows Me to assign totally arbitrary rankings to fictional businesses from comic books based on the following criteria: probable market value, sentimental value, popularity and the hunches of several Fortune staffers. The result is the highly unscientific Fortune Comic Grade Index (FCGI), the industry standard in ranking fake companies. The only qualifiers are all businesses must appear in a comic book (even if they originated in film) and exist in present day in some form.

Salutations, mortals! Whether it's a multinational conglomerate or a multinational pharmaceutical corporation, big business has always been both friend and foe to popular comic book characters. For the first time ever, Fortune ranks the 27 most fantastical comic book businesses using the Fortune Comic Grade Index. Read on to see who made it—and who didn't.

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Oscorp Industries

Peter Parker, left and Harry Osborn.
Photograph by Niko Tavernise — Columbia Pictures

Oscorp has been changing hands on Earth-616, but stakeholders on Earth-199999 are preparing for a heavily anticipated revival of everyone’s favorite family-run homicidal enterprise. We recommend changing the company motto to “Do only evil.”

strengths
  • Genetic engineering seems to never go out of style.
weaknesses
  • Really lax safety protocols and questionable scientific method. Maybe it's time to go back to formula?
opportunities
  • Wiz Khalifa says our generation is going to be riding hoverboards, so the Green Goblin has never been more relevant with the kids.
threats
  • Web-slingers and extensive family therapy bills.

Company Information

Fortune Comic Grade Index (FCGI) 88.3
Good or Evil Evil
Founder Norman Osborn
Location New York City
Industry Multinational conglomerate
Publisher Marvel

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