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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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Stark Industries

Tony Stark, left and Happy Hogan.
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Tony Stark has been on the bleeding edge of cleantech and eco-friendly solutions, but the brand took a hit after its CEO inadvertently created an army of homicidal robots that lifted an entire Eastern European city into the sky. But we hope to see a 3Q bounce-back with Captain America: Civil War.

  • Very few companies are run by CEOs who are actually battery-powered.
  • Hubris, mostly.
  • Maybe an Iron Man suit that shoots Nerf balls. Y'know, for the kids?
  • Thanos, the Mad Titan.

Company Information

Fortune Comic Grade Index (FCGI) 91.2
Good or Evil Good
Founder Howard Stark
Location New York City
Industry Multinational conglomerate
Publisher Marvel

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