DC Comics, Inc. (founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications) is an American comic book company. It is the publishing unit of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., which itself is owned by Time Warner. Its top rival is Marvel Comics. DC Comics is one of the largest and oldest American comic book companies, which is best well-known for making "superhero" comic books. DC Comics is very famous in the modern art subject Graphics.
Characters[change | change source]
Their most well-known and iconic fictional characters are:
- Wonder Woman
- Green Lantern
- The Flash
- Black Canary
- Green Arrow
- Martian Manhunter
Superhero teams[change | change source]
Most of their characters take place in the fictional DC Universe (DCU) and some their most well-known fictional superhero teams are:
- Justice League
- Justice Society of America
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Green Lantern Corps.
- Young Justice
- Teen Titans
Villains[change | change source]
Their most well-known and iconic villains are:
- The Joker
- Lex Luthor
- Harley Quinn
- The Riddler
- Ra's al Ghul
- The Cheetah
- Black Adam
Supervillain teams[change | change source]
DC Comics is famous for featuring some of their most well-known and iconic fictional supervillain teams that also belong to the same DC Universe as well. Their supervillain teams are:
- Injustice League
- Secret Society of Super-Villains
- Legion of Super-Villains
- Sinestro Corps.
- Suicide Squad
What does "DC" stand for?[change | change source]
The initials "DC" were originally an abbreviation for the company's popular series Detective Comics, which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name.
Other issues[change | change source]
Adaptations[change | change source]
DC Comics has also made movies, cartoons, toys, video games and other merchandise about the characters, which have made them even more popular.
Crossovers[change | change source]
Starting in 1985 with the famous issue Crisis On Infinite Earths, DC Comics has had many large scale "crossovers" in their "Multiverse" that retconned large parts of continuity, reaching a peak in the late 2000's when they had three major retcon crossovers starting in 2005 and finishing in 2011 (with possibly more to come). A "fictional crossover" is the placement of two or more otherwise discrete fictional characters, settings, or universes into the context of a single story. They can arise from legal agreements between the relevant copyright holders, unauthorized efforts by fans or common corporate ownership.
DC Multiverse[change | change source]
The "Multiverse" is the collection of alternate universes that share a universal hierarchy. A large variety of these universes were originated from another due to a major decision on the part of a character. Some can seem to be taking place in the past or future due to differences in how time passes in each universe. Often, new universes are born due to time traveling, another name for these new universes is an "alternate timeline", they are often called parallel universes and this term is also known as the DC Multiverse.
Offices[change | change source]
Originally in Manhattan at 432 Fourth Avenue, the DC Comics offices have been located at 480 and later 575 Lexington Avenue; 909 Third Avenue; 75 Rockefeller Plaza; 666 Fifth Avenue; and 1325 Avenue of the Americas. DC had its headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, but it was announced in October 2013 that DC Entertainment would relocate its headquarters from New York to Burbank, California in 2015.