DC Comics and Marvel Comics are the two biggest names in the comic book industry in America. Well-known DC Comics characters include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Captain Marvel. Marvel Comics feature famous characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Wolverine, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four and Captain America.

Founded in 1934, DC Comics is one of the largest and most popular 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, a unit of Time Warner.

Marvel Comics is owned by Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. It was founded in 1939.


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DC ComicsMarvel Comics
Headquarters New York New York
Key people Diane Nelson (President), Dan DiDio (Co-Publisher of DC Comics), Jim Lee (Co-Publisher of DC Comics), Geoff Johns (Chief Creative Officer) Joe Quesada, Editor-in-chief; Dan Buckley, Publisher, C.O.O.; Stan Lee, former editor-in-chief/publisher/president/chairman
Parent Time Warner Marvel Entertainment
Website http://www.dccomics.com http://www.marvel.com
Genre Crime, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, war, Western Crime, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, war, Western
Type Subsidiary of Warner Bros. Subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment (Walt Disney Co.)
Industry Comics, Publishing Comics, Publishing
Founded 1934, by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson (as National Allied Publications) 1939 (as Timely Comics)
Popular Heroes Batman, Superman Spiderman

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