The popularity of Marvel movies is truly marveling.
And there is no denying their indisputable trendiness on the silver screen. But it is thanks to this company, Marvel Cinematic Universe, that comic books have made such a stellar comeback and found their place in our electronically laden world.
They are so popular at this point, that even mature readers heavily consume them, not just for children anymore, as originally intended. Apart from the comic books themselves, comic book related merchandise is wildly popular and readily available all around the globe.
With the help of Diamond Comic Distributors list, we’ve outlined the top 5 comic book publishers in the modern world:
Marvel Comics has the largest unit share of any other comic company with a 37% score. It was founded in 1939 as Timely Publications and earned its fame under the changed name of Atlas Comics by the ’50s. It continued to rank as of the most popular comic publishers with famous contributors, such as recently deceased Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and many others. The Walt Disney Company in 2009 acquired Marvel Entertainment, which is the parent company of Marvel Worldwide.
DC Entertainment is the parent company under which DC Comics publishes. This company stands second on our list with a 32.99% unit share. Additionally, four of its comics got featured in the top 10 comics of all time. It is one of the oldest comic book publishers and has worked alongside well-known writers, including DC Comics’ editor-in-chief. It was founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications. Although the major focus is on superheroes in the fictional DC Universe, many non-DC Universe characters have been featured. The genres revolve around darker, adult, and graphic content.
Image Comics lands number three on the list with a 12.64% unit share. The company was founded in 1992 and honed in on the superhero genre. Later, however, many independent writers lent their work to the company. Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, and Rob Liefeld are the founders of the company.
IDW earns number four with a 3.74% unit share. The company was founded in 1999 and is the publishing sector of Idea and Design Works. This company is mainly famous for its TV series and movie adaptions, which include CSI, Star Trek, and Shaun of the Dead among many others.
Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse Comics was established in 1986. Its sole founder is Mike Richardson, who is known for writing many books and the infamous Manga series. According to Diamond Comic’s list, the company has a 2.41% unit share. The popular characters, Hellboy and The Mask, fall under its ambit. Dark Horse is known for its vast array of genres, such as superhero, crime, and horror.