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DC Comics, formerly known as National Comics is an American comic book publishing company founded as National Allied Publications in 1934. Many famous superhero characters were created for the comic books published by DC, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League.
In 1969, Warner Bros. Entertainment bought out DC Comics. As a result of this purchase, all DC Comics-based movies released since then were produced by Warner Bros., and since the 1990s, Warner Bros. Animation has produced many animated series based on the comics, most notably those that took place in a continuity referred to as the DC Animated Universe. In addition, many past television shows based on DC Comics properties have been distributed to DVD by Warner Home Video (until recently, one notable exception being the 1966 live-action Batman series, as the footage itself is owned by 20th Century FOX, and no negotiations have been made between the two companies, Fox has since licensed DVD rights to the series to WHV).
DC Comics has also published numerous comic book titles based on the Looney Tunes characters as a result of the merger with WB.
DC Comics references in the cartoons
Mostly in part due to Warner Bros. having purchased the company, many references to DC Comics were made in their cartoons. In the case of the Looney Tunes canon:
Looney Tunes shorts
- Super-Rabbit (1943) - Bugs Bunny stars as Super-Rabbit, which can be considered a parody of Superman, and in particular, the Fleischer/Famous Studios animated Superman shorts.
- Stupor Duck - Daffy Duck stars as a superhero resembling Superman.
- These cartoons were made before DC merged with Warner Bros. in 1969.
- How I Spent My Vacation - When Buster and Babs fall down a waterfall, Superman flies in and catches them. Rather disturbed by his appearance, Buster and Babs demand him to leave, so he promptly drops them. Incidentally, right before Superman's cameo, Buster grabs Babs, saying "I gotcha!", to which Babs replies "But who's got you?" This piece of dialogue comes from the 1978 Superman film. Later in the movie, when surrounded by their predators, Babs asks "So where's Superman when you need him?!"
- Green Loontern- Dodgers became Green Lantern.
- Best Friends - Bugs tells the origin story of Superman to Daffy, but with Bugs in place of Superman.
- Reunion - Daffy dresses up as Batman during one of the scenes. Later Bugs became Batman.
- SuperRabbit - The entire episode is parodying the Superman franchise, with Bugs as Super-Rabbit (again), Elmer Fudd as "Wex Wuthor", etc.
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