Executive Editor:Dan Didio
Started by:Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson
Characters (Partial List):Superman
Justice League of America
Famous For:DC Comics is famous for starting the superhero craze with Superman. They also had the first superhero team with the Justice Society of America. DC comics has continued to prove itself as one of the top comic book publishers in the world.
Public Company (Can you own a piece of it?):Only by owning a piece of Time Warner, the parent company. Symbol TWX.
Percentage Of Market Share (According to Diamond):As of 2005 32.96%
Creator Owned Projects:DC Comics purchased Wildstorm from artist Jim Lee and has therefore become a publisher of many creator owned comics. They continue to publish those comics under the Wildstorm Imprint.
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Submissions:At this time, DC Comics is only accepting submissions through their Talent Search program. The Talent Search program is available at comic book conventions in the United States. Be sure to read their guidelines though, and take note that they will only accept photocopies of your work. No originals please!
Other Media:They had great success with the Superman and Batman franchises and see continued success with the resurgence of these properties, with many other characters being worked into feature films. DC Comics has also had great success with their cartoons. Teen Titans, Superman, Batman, and the Justice League have all done well.
Get A Job With DC Comics:DC Comics posts their job openings through the Time Warner website.
History:DC Comics is a company with a lot of firsts. They introduced the first superhero, were the first of the pulp magazine publishers to produce original material, started the Silver Age of comics, and were the first publisher to put their popular heroes together into a team, a move that many other publishers followed suit. DC Comics has continued to pave the way with their iconic characters and remarkable talent of their writers and artists.
DC stands for Detective Comics. The company now known as DC is really just the evolution of many companies being bought and sold, renamed and revitalized. DC started out as National Allied Publications and went through various owners as they sold and started new companies such as Detective Comics, All-American Publications, National Comics, and National Periodical Publications. The banner for most of the comics published by these companies however was Superman-DC.
The slump of superhero comics in the forties and fifties didnt slow DC down. They diversified and still created comic books. During the late fifties however, they took an older character, The Flash, and gave him a new modern look and story. This paved the way for the Silver Age of comics, heralded by many as the greatest time in comics. It was during this time that the Justice Society was born, the first superhero team and the Justice League soon followed. Marvel comics saw the popularity of this trend and that helped them to start their own superteam, the Fantastic Four.
Later, during the eighties, DC had another milestone with the release of many mature and adult themed comics. Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Sandman were all geared toward an older crowd and paved the way for many of the dark and gritty superheroes we have today such as Spawn, Punisher, Hellboy, and many others. They even launched their own mature comic book line, called Vertigo.
DC continues to break new ground and pave the way for future comic book lovers.