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DC Comics

American comic book publisher
DC Comics' current logo, introduced with the launch of its DC Rebirth comic line in 2016

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.

CharactersEdit

Superhero teamsEdit

Most of their characters take place in the fictional DC Universe (DCU) and some their most well-known fictional superhero teams are:

VillainsEdit

Supervillain teamsEdit

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:

What does "DC" stand for?Edit

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 issuesEdit

DC Comics has also published non-DC Universe-related material, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and many titles under their alternative imprint Vertigo.

AdaptationsEdit

DC Comics has also made movies, cartoons, toys, video games and other merchandise about the characters, which have made them even more popular.

CrossoversEdit

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 2000s 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 MultiverseEdit

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.

OfficesEdit

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.

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