DC Comics

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DC Comics (founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications[1]) 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.,[2] 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, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Aquaman. It has also produced such antagonists as Lex Luthor, the Joker, Catwoman, and Darkseid.[3]

The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics, which subsequently became part of the company's official name.[4] DC Comics has its official headquarters at 1700 Broadway, Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York.[5] Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market.[5]

DC Comics and its major, longtime competitor Marvel Comics together share over 80% of the American comic-book market as of 2008.[6][7]

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