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The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics , which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name. [5] 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 April 2015. [6]

Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, [7] while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market . [6] [8] DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics (acquired in 2009 by The Walt Disney Company , Time Warner's main competitor) together shared approximately 70% of the American comic book market in 2017. [9]

Detective Comics, Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics , the premiere of which introduced Superman . Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the first comic book to feature the new character archetype—soon known as " superheroes "—proved a sales hit. The company quickly introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman .

On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) sold at an auction from an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer for $1 million, besting the $317,000 record for a comic book set by a different copy, in lesser condition, the previous year. [17]

Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, and the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977. [22]

When the popularity of superheroes faded in the late 1940s, the company focused on such genres as science fiction , Westerns , humor , and romance . DC also published crime and horror titles, but relatively tame ones, and thus avoided the mid-1950s backlash against such comics. A handful of the most popular superhero-titles, including Action Comics and Detective Comics , the medium's two longest-running titles, continued publication.

The initials "DC" came from the company's popular series Detective Comics , which featured Batman's debut and subsequently became part of the company's name. [5] 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 April 2015. [6]

Random House distributes DC Comics' books to the bookstore market, [7] while Diamond Comic Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market . [6] [8] DC Comics and its longtime major competitor Marvel Comics (acquired in 2009 by The Walt Disney Company , Time Warner's main competitor) together shared approximately 70% of the American comic book market in 2017. [9]

Detective Comics, Inc. soon launched a fourth title, Action Comics , the premiere of which introduced Superman . Action Comics #1 (June 1938), the first comic book to feature the new character archetype—soon known as " superheroes "—proved a sales hit. The company quickly introduced such other popular characters as the Sandman and Batman .

On February 22, 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) sold at an auction from an anonymous seller to an anonymous buyer for $1 million, besting the $317,000 record for a comic book set by a different copy, in lesser condition, the previous year. [17]

Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, and the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977. [22]

When the popularity of superheroes faded in the late 1940s, the company focused on such genres as science fiction , Westerns , humor , and romance . DC also published crime and horror titles, but relatively tame ones, and thus avoided the mid-1950s backlash against such comics. A handful of the most popular superhero-titles, including Action Comics and Detective Comics , the medium's two longest-running titles, continued publication.

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