National Publications was one of the companies that would later become DC Comics. The corporation was originally two companies: National Allied Publications (founded by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson in 1934 to publish the first American comic book with all-original material rather than comic strip reprints) and Detective Comics.

They two merged in the 1930s to become National Comics (later National Periodical Publications). In 1945, National Publications purchased All-American Publications, a company with which it shared offices and some business relationships.


  • Goulart, Ron, Ron Goulart's Great History of Comics Books (Contemporary Press, Chicago, 1986) ISBN 0-8092-5045-4

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