DC Comics

Originally known as “National Publications”, DC is a publisher of comic books featuring iconic characters and teams such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Justice League of America, and the Teen Titans, and is considered the originator of the American superhero genre. DC, along with rival Marvel Comics, is one of the “big two” American comic book publishers. DC Entertainment is a subsidiary of Warner Brothers and its parent company Time Warner.

History

What is known today as DC Comics was founded in 1934 by publishing entrepreneur Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson under the name of “National Allied Publications”. DC was formed by the merging of “National Allied Publications” and “Detective Comics Inc”, as well as the affiliated “All-American Publications”. Despite being officially known as “National Comics”, the comic covers carried a “DC” logo and were referred to as a result of its nickname: “DC Comics”. People had nicknamed it “DC” because of one its most popular comic series; Detective Comics and thus was born one of the world’s most recognizable comic book brandings along with rivals Marvel publishing.

The company did not officially change its name to DC Comics however, until 1977 during the presidency of Jenette Kahn.

DC Comics has its current official headquarters at 1700 Broadway, 7th, New York, New York. Random House distributes DC Comics’ books to the bookstore market, while Diamond Comics Distributors supplies the comics shop specialty market.

Golden Age

National Allied Publications’ first comic wasNew Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 which was released in the February of 1935. It hit off, and was surprisingly popular. Later that year, a second title was released: New Comics #1. The size and length New Comics #1 became the archetype for many comics afterwards, and it became the longest running comic series of all time.

In 1938, National launched Action Comics, which featured the brand new character from regular contributors Jerry Siegel andJoe Shuster, Superman. Originally dismissed as “silly” by editorial, reports soon came back noting the popularity and sales increase resulting from the Superman feature. Superman quickly became a sensation and before long, dozens of imitations from both National and other publishing houses appeared almost overnight. Writer Bill Finger and his artist employer Bob Kane soon submitted Batmanto appear in Detective Comics and before long, an entire Justice Society of Americahad been formed including properties such as The Flash, Green Lantern, The Sandman, Wonder Woman, Hawkman and The Spectre, to name a few, many of whom were either created or written by the prolific Gardner Fox.

With the establishment of DC as one of the major comic book companies and with many of the most marketable names in the early years of comics, it is sometimes considered the main company that other companies had to compete with. Companies tried different approaches, One that succeeded and often outsold DC for instance was Fawcett Publications who had a character who some consider similar toSuperman who was an all-powerful hero with a supporting “family” known as Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family, whereas other companies such as Charlton Comics created entire new worlds preventing DC from attacking them with lawsuits. Further along in the Silver Age many of these companies failed or like Fawcett were sued out of existence. Thus although they had once been competitors, many of the soon public domain properties of Fawcett and Charlton were eventually revived and trademarked and seemingly taken under DC’s control.

Silver & Bronze Age

During the post-War years, the popularity of superheroes had declined almost completely, though DC and other publishers were still going strong moving into other genres such as funny animals, romance, Sci-Fi, Westerns and horror. Major characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman has managed to remain in publication and by the mid-1950s the superhero was again due for a comeback. Showcase #4 in 1956 introduced readers to Barry Allen, the all-new Flash re-imagined with a sleeker design and steeped much heavier in science fiction (an the older Golden Age heroes being relegated to existing on Earth Two). Characters such as The Atom, Green Lantern and the JSA, now reinvented as the Justice League of America soon followed and a new superhero boom was kicked off.

During this time, The Comics Code Authority has also come into play, which drastically subdued the content available in the comic book medium. Many of the stories during the period moved away from more controversial horror or violent themes.

With the re-invigoration of Marvel in the 1960s under the leadership of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, DC found itself a new and more potent competitor. Marvel succeeded by breaking what had become by then generic archetypes of superheroes by introducing characters which were younger and more flawed (and thus appeared more human and appealed to a younger crowd in a more direct manner.) After falling behind Marvel in sales, DC was finally forced to adopt much of the same system which Marvel had, by introducing such young teams as the Teen Titans to compete with the X-Men.

Modern Age & Crisis on Infinite Earths

The Modern Age

In 1985, DC Comics decided its 50 years of continuity and numerous alternative Earths had become too messy and was in need of new blank slate. DC penned one of the first major comic book crossovers that incorporated almost every DC title and character ever published by the company. The series ended with multiple Earths being erased and merging into to one unified Earth. Following this, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman were given new leases of life thanks to big name creators such as John Byrne, Frank Miller and George Perez that redefined the elderly heroes for a new generation.

During this same period, the comic audience has begun to grow up and the direct market for comic stores had opened allowing a wider variety of publications to be experimented with. One such experiment involved bringing in British writer Alan Moore to pen the low selling Saga of the Swamp Thing series. What resulted was style of comic book not experienced before by mainstream readers in its literary and story driven complexity and execution. Before long, other writers from across the pond such as Neil Gaiman, Peter Milligan and Grant Morrison were recruited to revamp obscure properties and tell new and interesting stories with an older audience in mind. 1986 saw the release of two seminal works from DC Comics, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore’sWatchmen that reached unprecedented levels of critical acclaim and outside media attention. By the 90’s DC and the entire comic book industry experienced a boom in mature comics aimed at older audiences and simultaneously witnessed a collector’s boom that increased sales but almost caused the industry to collapse soon after.

In 1993, senior editor Karen Berger convinced DC to make her own imprint for mature readers namedVertigo, similar to DC imprints Piranha Press and Paradox Press as well as Marvel’s Epic Comics. Using popular titles such as Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, The Sandman and Shade, The Changing Man as its blueprint along side new creator owned material, DC/Vertigo became a hub for intelligent and acclaimed comic books. While rival Marvel Comics continued to dominate the publishing arena with their exceedingly popular properties, DC/Vertigo became the destination for literary and inventive titles during the period.

In 1999, DC purchased Jim Lee’s WildStorm Productions, formerly one of the founding studios of Image. The line of WildStorm comics and properties came under DC’s control though the line continued to be published on the West Coast away from DC editorial until 2010

All Star DC Comics

In 2000 Marvel Comics started an imprint called ultimate marvel in which the characters’ origin is changed and modernized. This eventually led DC to starting an imprint of their own in 2005, thus All Star was born.

Both All-Star series are in their own continuity, except All-Star Batman and Robin which was part of Earth- 31.

All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder

All-Star Batman started in 2005 and was written by Frank Miller and Penciled by Jim Lee. This was the first series in the All Star imprint and opened to mainly negative reviews but had high sales. The series was released in a sporadic schedule. The series only reached 10 issues (2008) 2 issues before the intended end of the series.

All Star Superman

All-Star Superman started in 2006 and was written by Grant Morrison and Penciled by Frank Quitley. This was the second series under the All Star imprint, the first being All-Star Batman and Robin. The series opened to mainly good reviews and went on to win the Eisner Award for best new series in 2006 and best ongoing series in 2007 and 2009. Like All-Star Batman the series was also released in a sporadic schedule. The series ended with issue 12. The series overall has widely considered to be one of the best Superman stories of all time.

The New 52

Justice League # 1

In 2011, after a period of declining comic sales, DC announced they were cancelling all the main titles and starting over with all New 52’s as part of a relaunch. In charge of the relaunch is Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. The relaunch started with the release of Justice League # 1 on August 31st. this was done partially to revitalize the company and to de-age the characters and thus make them more dynamic. On January 12, 2012, it was announced that there would be a second wave of the new 52 where six titles would be getting canceled with another six to replace them, though the plan to stay at 52 ongoing monthlies seems to be consistent. DC also released a Third wave in September 2012, one year after the relaunch in September 2011. One book in the Third Wave, Talon, starring Calvin Rose was the first solo book for a character who was introduced in the New 52. The Fourth wave started in January 2013 and ended in March 2013, meaning that it was the first wave not to come out in a single month. The Fifth Wave consisted of titles such as the Movement, the Green Team and Superman Unchained.

The New 52 had proved to be so successful with critics, fans and commercially that Marvel the main competitor of DC decided to do a relaunch of their own called “Marvel NOW!” in late 2012.

DC Imprints and Sub-Imprints

Active

  • Vertigo (1993-)
  • MAD/ MAD Magazine (Acquired by Warner in the 60’s, integrated with DC Comics around 2001.)

Defunct

  • WildStorm (1999-2010)*
    • CMX (2004-2010)
    • Homage Comics
    • Cliffhanger
    • America’s Best Comics (1999-2010)
  • Helix (1996-1998)
  • Tangent Comics (1997-2008)
  • Paradox Press (1993-2001)
  • Piranha Press (1989-1994)
  • Humanoids (2004)
  • 2000AD (Reprints from Rebellion’s 2000 AD line)
  • Milestone (Owned by Milestone Media)
  • Impact!
  • Focus
  • Minx (2007-2008)
  • Zuda (2007-2010)

*the imprint was founded in 1992 but as part of the Image conglomerate and only moved to DC in 1999.

Other Media

Film

DC Comics’ parent company Warner Brothers (with a few exceptions) has produced a variety of feature films based on DC Comics properties for cinematic release.

  • Superman and the Mole-Men (November 23, 1951)
  • Batman: The Movie (July 30, 1966)
  • Superman (December 15, 1978)
  • Superman II (June 19, 1981)
  • Swamp Thing (February 18, 1982)
  • Superman III (June 17, 1983)
  • Supergirl (November 21, 1984)
  • Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (July 24, 1987)
  • Return of Swamp Thing (May 12, 1989)
  • Batman (June 23, 1989)
  • Batman Returns (June 19, 1992)
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (December 25, 1993)
  • Batman Forever (June 16, 1995)
  • Batman & Robin (June 20, 1997)
  • Steel (August 15, 1997)
  • Catwoman (July 23, 2004)
  • Constantine (February 18, 2005)
  • Batman Begins (June 14, 2005)
  • Superman Returns (June 28, 2006)
  • The Dark Knight (July 18, 2008)
  • Watchmen (March 19, 2009)
  • The Losers (April 23, 2010)
  • Jonah Hex (June 18, 2010)
  • Green Lantern (June 17, 2011)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (July 20, 2012)
  • Man of Steel (June 14, 2013)

Other live action films based on publications from DC Comics include RED, RED 2, V for Vendetta, Road to Perdition and A History of Violence.

There have been some other confirmed DC Comics movies such as Shazam! and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Avengers Infinity Wars

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to it theatres in just a few months, but Marvel is already looking ahead with their Phase Three Line-Up.

The center of these films will probably be the fight for The Infinity Gems, six immensely powerful stones, each a representing a different power like time, space, power, and reality. Whoever holds all six gems gains unlimited power and knowledge.

Some gems have already been introduced in previous Marvel movies like Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, the latter also expanding Thanos’ role and bringing us a step closer to what will likely later be his war to win the gems in the third Avengers film.

Want to learn more about the gems and that which will hold them, The Infinity Gauntlet? Check out this infographic created by NeoMam Studios!

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Thank you to NeoMam Studios for sharing the graphic, and if you would like to check out the original article or more of NeoMam Studios’ work just click the following source link: http://neomam.com/blog/avengers-infinity-war-the-infinity-gauntlet-infographic/

What if Batman had Autism

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Batman (aka Bruce Wayne) can safely be considered one of the ultimate crimefighters of comic book history. Unlike Superman, The Hulk, and Flash Gordon, and others, he does not possess any superpowers. He relies only on brute strength and technology to fight villains and he gets the job done. But what if Batman had Autism? What could we assume we’d see from him then?

  1. Difficulty maintaining relationships with others. Bruce Wayne/Batman would likely find it difficult to establish and keep friendships. He would lack the enthusiasm in seeking out others to share enjoyment in his experiences. His eye contact would either be too intense or completely lacking. Batman would lurk in the wings of his mansion alone most nights, only socializing in forced situations.
  2. Communication problems. His conversations would center around only his topics of interest and others might lose interest quickly. His answers to the questions of others would remain short and clipped, leaving little room for response. Batman’s conversations would leave others in the dark.
  3. Restricted Activities or Interests. Does Batman have an unusual interest in anything? He might find himself so obsessed with bats that he studies them obsessively and even dresses up like them. Bat signals, a Bat mobile, and anything bat related might become special objects to him that he finds himself drawn to. These interests would prevent him from connecting with others who may not have the same interests as him.
  4. Need for Routine. Batman would find himself needing to continue the same routine day after day. Go to board meetings during the day, crime fighting at night. If that routine gets disrupted in any way, Batman feels very uncomfortable and may have difficulty coping, leading to outbursts. Batman needs this routine like the city needs peace.

Could Batman fight crime and lead his life still with Autism? I might argue that the Batman we see already exhibits many of the characteristics of Autism. Take a look at that list again. Does having autism mean that a person cannot do great things? I don’t think so. Just look at…

Na na na na. Na na na na. BATMAN! He could totally do it.

I mean, he could get on that Batman costume of his, go out on the streets, kick some you-know-what, and have close friendships with the people he’s comfortable with. That’s just what Batman does!

Do you know any other AUsome superheroes that you’d like to see analyzed?

People’s Choice Awards 2015: Full List Of Winners

The People have spoken!

Robert Downey Jr., The Big Bang Theory, and Grey’s Anatomy were among the big winners at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Mom stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney, the telecast honored the very best in movies, music and TV — as chosen solely by fans.

Movie superheroes reigned supreme at the annual telecast, which kicks off award season. Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. picked up two awards, including “Favorite Movie Actor” and “Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor,” while his Avengers co-star Chris Evans walked away with “Favorite Action Movie Star.”

In TV, fans lent support to ratings stalwart The Big Bang Theory. The CBS sitcom won “Favorite TV Show” and “Favorite Network TV Comedy,” while star Kaley Cuoco was honored with “Favorite Comedic TV Actress” for the second year in a row. Another big winner? Grey’s Anatomy. Fans showered the long-running ABC drama, which is currently in its eleventh season, with a number of accolades, including “Favorite Network TV Drama.” The show’s leads, Ellen Pompeo, also won big with “Favorite Dramatic TV Actress” accolade.

People’s Choice Awards 2015 performers Iggy Azalea and Lady Antebellum capped off the night with some awards of their own. Iggy, who performed “Beg For It,” won “Favorite Hip-Hop Artist,” while Lady Antebellum accepted the trophy for “Favorite Country Group” shortly after hitting the stage for their set.

See below for a full list of winners in bold below:

Favorite Humanitarian
Ben Affleck

MOVIE WINNERS

Favorite Movie
22 Jump Street
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
Maleficent
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Favorite Movie Actor
Brad Pitt
Channing Tatum
Hugh Jackman
Mark Wahlberg
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Emma Stone
Jennifer Lawrence
Melissa McCarthy
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Movie Duo
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street)
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars)
Shailene Woodley & Theo James (Divergent)

Favorite Action Movie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Divergent
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
Liam Neeson
Mark Wahlberg

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Lawrence
Scarlett Johansson
Shailene Woodley
Zoe Saldana

Favorite Comedic Movie
22 Jump Street
Blended
Let’s Be Cops
Neighbors
The Other Woman

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Adam Sandler
Channing Tatum
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
Zac Efron

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Cameron Diaz
Charlize Theron
Drew Barrymore
Melissa McCarthy
Tina Fey

Favorite Dramatic Movie
The Fault in Our Stars
The Giver
Heaven Is for Real
If I Stay
Noah

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Ben Affleck
Brad Pitt
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Chloë Grace Moretz
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep
Reese Witherspoon
Shailene Woodley

Favorite Family Movie
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
Maleficent
Rio 2

Favorite Thriller Movie
Annabelle
Dracula Untold
The Equalizer
Gone Girl
The Purge: Anarchy

TV WINNERS

Favorite TV Icon
Betty White

Favorite TV Show
The Big Bang Theory
Game Of Thrones
NCIS
Once Upon a Time
The Walking Dead

Favorite Network TV Comedy
2 Broke Girls
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Mom
New Girl

Favorite Comedic TV Actor
Ashton Kutcher
Chris Colfer
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jim Parsons
Ty Burrell

Favorite Comedic TV Actress
Amy Poehler
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
Melissa McCarthy
Sofia Vergara
Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Network TV Drama
Chicago Fire
Downton Abbey
Grey’s Anatomy
Revenge
Scandal

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Dax Shepard
Jesse Williams
Justin Chambers
Patrick Dempsey
Taylor Kinney

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
Alyssa Milano
Ellen Pompeo
Emily VanCamp
Hayden Panettiere
Kerry Washington

Favorite Cable TV Comedy
Baby Daddy
Cougar Town
Faking It
Melissa & Joey
Young & Hungry

Favorite Cable TV Drama
Bates Motel
Pretty Little Liars
Rizzoli & Isles
Sons of Anarchy
True Detective

Favorite Cable TV Actor
Charlie Hunnam
Eric Dane
Matt Bomer
Sean Bean
William H. Macy

Favorite Cable TV Actress
Angie Harmon
Ashley Benson
Courteney Cox
Kristen Bell
Lucy Hale

Favorite TV Crime Drama
Bones
Castle
Criminal Minds
The Mentalist
NCIS

 

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
David Boreanaz
Kevin Bacon
Nathan Fillion
Shemar Moore
Simon Baker

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress
Emily Deschanel
Lucy Liu
Mariska Hargitay
Robin Tunney
Stana Katic

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
Beauty and the Beast
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Once Upon a Time
Supernatural
The Vampire Diaries

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
American Horror Story
Doctor Who
Game of Thrones
Outlander
The Walking Dead

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Ian Somerhalder
Jared Padalecki
Jensen Ackles
Misha Collins
Paul Wesley

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Ginnifer Goodwin
Jennifer Morrison
Jessica Lange
Kristin Kreuk
Nina Dobrev

Favorite Competition TV Show
America’s Got Talent
Dancing with the Stars
Hell’s Kitchen
MasterChef
The Voice

Favorite Daytime TV Host(s)
Ellen DeGeneres
Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan
Queen Latifah
Rachael Ray
Steve Harvey

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
Conan O’Brien
Craig Ferguson
David Letterman
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel

Favorite Dramedy
Awkward.
Orange Is the New Black
Shameless
Suits
White Collar

Favorite TV Duo
David Boreanaz & Emily Deschanel (Bones)
Ginnifer Goodwin & Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time)
Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles (Supernatural)
Nathan Fillion & Stana Katic (Castle)
Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)

Favorite TV Character We Miss Most
Dr. Cristina Yang played by Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)
Dr. Lance Sweets played by John Francis Daley (Bones)
Hershel Greene played by Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead)
Leslie Shay played by Lauren German (Chicago Fire)
Neal Cassidy played by Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time)

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series
Ben McKenzie
David Tennant
Dylan McDermott
Laurence Fishburne
Scott Bakula

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series
Debra Messing
Jada Pinkett Smith
Octavia Spencer
Téa Leoni
Viola Davis

Favorite Sketch Comedy TV Show
Drunk History
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Kroll Show
Saturday Night Live

Favorite Animated TV Show
American Dad
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
The Simpsons
South Park

Favorite New TV Comedy
black-ish
Cristela
Jane the Virgin
Marry Me
The McCarthys

Favorite New TV Drama
Constantine
The Flash
Forever
Gotham
How to Get Away with Murder

MUSIC WINNERS

Favorite Male Artist
Blake Shelton
Ed Sheeran
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
Sam Smith

Favorite Female Artist
Beyoncé
Iggy Azalea
Katy Perry
Sia
Taylor Swift

Favorite Group
Coldplay
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction
OneRepublic

Favorite Breakout Artist
5 Seconds of Summer
Charli XCX
Fifth Harmony
Meghan Trainor
Sam Smith

Favorite Male Country Artist
Blake Shelton
Brad Paisley
Hunter Hayes
Luke Bryan
Tim McGraw

Favorite Female Country Artist
Carrie Underwood
Dolly Parton
Faith Hill
Lucy Hale
Miranda Lambert

Favorite Country Group
The Band Perry
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Favorite Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Jennifer Lopez
Jessie J
Sia
Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
Drake
Iggy Azalea
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj
T.I.

Favorite R&B Artist
Chris Brown
Jennifer Hudson
John Legend
Pharrell Williams
Usher

Favorite Album
G I R L by Pharrell Williams
Ghost Stories by Coldplay
In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith
My Everything by Ariana Grande
X by Ed Sheeran

 

Favorite Song
“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
“Maps” by Maroon 5
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
“Stay with Me” by Sam Smith


What was your favorite moment from People’s Choice Awards 2015?

YouTube’s 10 most profitable channels of 2014 were, um, not what I expected

1. DisneyCollector BR (Monthly Views: 379,932,270; Estimated Annual Earning: $4,860,207.60)

DisneyCollectorBR is quite possibly the most unusual channel I’ve seen. It’s just videos of women’s hands unboxing and playing with toys.

2. TaylorSwiftVEVO (341711430 views; $4,110,788.52 earnings)

Pop queen Taylor Swift is raking in some serious YouTube dough. “Blank Spaces,” which was released just a month ago, already has over 250 million views.



3. PewDiePie (323,333,040 views; $3,998,530.32 earnings)

Swedish video game commentator PewDiePie has become a Youtube case study. His satirical take on the defunct Flappy Bird game snagged 25 million views.

4. littlebabybum (270,031,260 views; $3,462,340.80 earnings)

The Little Baby Bum channel is a compilation of pastel-colored children’s nursery rhymes. A 54 minute video, starting with Wheels on the Bus, has roughly 250 million views. This is all kinds of fascinating. Kids love watching things over and over (and over) again. It appears that the ownership model of previous generations seriously undercut the amount of money that could be made. As a kid, I’d watch some movies dozens of time. But I always owned the VHS tape, so the company made a fixed amount.

5. emimusic (254,617,170 views; $3,063,044.52 earnings)

Music label giant EMI is riding high off its portfolio of artistic giants. Check out this blast from the past, MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”

6. getmovies (225,495,870 views; $2,712,715.32 earnings)

This channel is the home of Russian children’s programming, including Masha and the Bear, a cartoon that follows in the hallowed tradition of a mischievous child and a fuzzy sidekick. An episode about porridge has over 350 million views. Who’da thunk it?

7. movieclipsTRAILERS (218,276,340 views; $2,746,876.80 earnings)

Who doesn’t love a good movie trailer? At 218 million views, very few people, evidently. This channel’s dedication to official trailers gets a whole lot of page views on the hard work of other content producers. The new Star Wars trailer alone snagged 50 million views.

8. SpinninRec (200,102,550 views; $2,516,189.52 earnings)

Have you recently popped a molly, are draped in fur, and are alone near your computer? Then this dance mix channel is for you. The electronic empire hosts music videos of household names, including Martin Garrix’s “Animals” — a video of what is basically people rhythmically licking each other behind breakdancers. It snagged a mere 440 million views.

9. WWE (189,586,350 views; $2,350,169.28 earnings)

Do you wish soap operas had more shirtless actors pile-driving one another? Then you’re probably a fan of WWE. And, judging by the page views, there are a lot of professional wrestling fans. Enjoy their most popular video below — a match of 41 people in Speedos tossing each other around a wrestling ring.

10. stampylonghead (188,905,230 views; $2,373,518.64 earnings)

Stampy is a giggly pixelated avatar that uploads daily Minecraft videos. In Stampy’s most popular video, you can watch the hero eat a virtual cake and thank one of his fans named Boo Boo Chicken. Re-read that last sentence a few times and maybe, by the 1,000th time, it’ll make sense.

To put this all in perspective, the most popular New York Times video of all time, Obama’s 2012 victory speech, got less than 10 million views. I don’t think any established publisher in their right mind could have predicted that toy unboxing and pixelated cakes would earn more than the most venerable news brands. So, it’s clear that YouTube can support content — but it’s much much different than anyone could have anticipated.