Somehow I’ve become the go to person for comic book info. For people who know nothing about comics anyway. So today I was explaining that Batman VS Superman was not also a match up between Captain America and Iron Man.
As I was explaining that the two aren’t related because one is DC Comics and the other is Marvel. I was asked the puzzling question…
What does DC stand for?
I naturally assumed it meant nothing merely a moniker for the company. Until I did a little digging. It turns out that back in 1937 when the comic book company was founded it’s first issue was called “Detective Comics” and therefore initialed DC.
The letters DC appeared as a symbol on the covers of comics produced by National Comics, after a merger between Detective Comics and National Allied Publications. Readers still identified with DC Comics, so the company adopted the name officially.
Marvel uses “Distinguished Competition” as a parody of the brand. Diamond Comics Distributors has also used the initials DC but as DC is actually copyrighted by DC Comics, Diamond comics officially uses the initials DCD.
So now I can go back on Monday and tell my coworkers that I was wrong; unlike our company DC is not a play on words, nor is it a clever bit of random. It’s actually an homage to the rich history of the brand, when Batman and Superman still pretended to be mild mannered.
He then asked which company had Justice League, that’d be score one for DC! Boom! #TeamDC #LovesHarley
What did you think DC stood for?