DC Comics introduced Superman in 1938 in Action Comics #1, launching the first of many superheroes. Founded in 1934, DC Comics publishes more than 80 titles a month, and more than 1,000 comic book issues each year.
A division of Time Warner, DC Comics publishes under several names: -DC Universe is home to DC's superheroes. -Vertigo titles are more literary. -WildStorm books appeal to those readers seeking a less conventional superhero. -CMX brings Japanese manga to American audiences. -Zuda Comics offers online comics.
DC also publishes MAD Magazine.
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(212) 636-5400 www.dccomics.com
Timely Comics published its first comic book in 1939. It evolved into entertainment giant Marvel Entertainment, LLC, which in 2010 franchised its library of 5,000 characters in a variety of media. Marvel Comics is the publishing branch of the company, publishing more than 40 families of titles.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC 417 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016 212-576-4000 www.marvel.com
In addition to the industry giants, many smaller publishers exist, including the following: Action Planet Comics; Adhesive Comics; American Mule Entertainment; Antarctic Press; Archie Comics; Arrow Comics; Asylum Press; Avalon Studios; Avatar Press; Basement Comics; Bench Comics; Bio Comics; Blink Comics; BloodFire Studios; Bongo Comics Group; Broken Halos; Caliber Comics; Candle Light Press; Cartoon Books; Chaos Comics; Claypool Comics; Contemporary Cartoon Militia; CPM Manga/Central Park Media; CQ Comics Group; Crucial Comics; Crusade Entertainment; Dark Horse Comics; Dark Star Comics; Dreamwave Productions; Dynamanga; EC Comics; Eros Comix; Event Comics; Excel Graphics; Exhibit A Press; Fantagraphics Books; Fiasco Comics; Fireman Press Ltd.; Foglio Publications; Full Bleed Studios; Gemstone Publishing; The Gifted; Green Man Press; Halloween Comics; Harvey Entertainment Company; Hurricane Comics; Hyperwerks; I Box Publishing; iComics; Image Comics; Impulse Comics; Indyworld; Ironhorse Comics; Jinxworld; Jippi Forlag; Keen Spot; Last Gasp; Light Speed Press; Limelight Publishing; Mixx Entertainment; Mock Man Press; Mojo Press; Monkeysuit; NEC New England Comics Press; Oneshot Comics; Oni Press; Pagan City Comics; Panther Comics; PhanTomb Publishing; Rip Off Press; Sabre's Edge Studios; Shadow House; Sirius Entertainment; Slave Labor Graphics; Spawn; Spilled Milk; Spum Co.; Stan Lee Media; Strumhaus; Studio Ironcat; T&D Publishing; Timespell; Topps; Top Cow; Top Shelf Comix; Vision Land Comics; Viz Comics; Warp Graphics; World Famous Comics; Wyldcard Studio; XXXenophile Comics; Zark; Zero G Comics.