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DC Comics (founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications) is one of the largest and most successful companies operating in the market for American comic books and related media.
It is the publishing division of DC Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary company of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which itself is owned by Time Warner. DC Comics produces material featuring a large number of well-known characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, the Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, the Justice League and the rest of the DC Universe. The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series, Detective Comics, which subsequently became part of the company's official name. DC Comics has its official headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York. DC's biggest rival, Marvel Comics, is also headquartered in New York.
Imprints and acquired companies
Charlton Comics was a comic book company from 1946-1985. When the company went out of business, DC purchased to rights to use their characters and other copyrights. This allowed them to acquire the rights to Question, Captain Atom, Blue Beetle and many other characters.
WildStorm was part of Image Comics from 1992-1999. DC Comics acquired the company from Jim Lee, and it lasted from 1999-2011. It was in the year 2011 that the WildStorm imprint was dropped, and the characters seen in WildStorm were incorporated into the new DC Universe, which is commonly called The New 52. WildStorm featured characters such as the WildC.A.T.S and Gen¹³.
Fawcett Comics was a comic book company that was once a big rival of DC, especially for their character of Captain Marvel who DC viewed as a rip-off of Superman. DC even took legal action against Fawcett and forced them to stop publishing the Captain Marvel comic. Rather ironically, DC would later incorporate Fawcett and its library, including Captain Marvel, who was brought into the DC Universe.