Companies in this category likely could exist on this site as other page-types with many being credited as creators in issues where their work is licensed and others potentially existing as concept pages.
Partial List of Companies Covered By This Category
20th Century Fox
A film and television production company, owners of franchises like Avatar, Aliens, Predator, Angel, Buffy and X-Files.
Major British broadcasting corporation, its most famous media franchise licensed for comics is Dr. Who.
Video game company, major franchises that have been licensed for comics include Street Fighter, Biohazard, Rockman and Ace Attorney.
Classic Media, LLC
A company that bought up many classic media properties that it now owns and licenses, at the time many of these were most actively published in comics, they were usually owned by other companies. Their licensed properties include The Lone Ranger, Casper, Richie Rich and the Western/Gold Key library,
One of the major American film production studios, owns franchises like Ghostbusters.
Conan Properties International
Licensors of Robert E. Howard's famous character that is considered in the public domain in some regions.
Technology company famous for its Hololive vtubers.
Although the vast majority of appearances from Disney characters in comics were licensed (with many Disney characters arguably being the most published characters in comics globally), Disney itself briefly took over publishing the English-language Disney line of comics in the 90's and has had a history of publishing comics based on its own franchises.
Note that for its relevance to comics history, Disney here refers to Walt Disney Animation and its properties. Outside companies that have been bought up by Disney Corporation should not be attached to the Disney publisher and are most likely here (unless they also published their own properties as a comic publisher at some point).
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Similar to Conan mentioned above, these characters are considered in the public domain in some forms (especially Tarzan) but they do still license out their trademarks of Warlord of Mars/Dejah Thoris to Dynamite Entertainment.
Video game publisher that licensed its property Tomb Raider for comics in the 90's and early 00's, the property was later bought by other corporations.
Video game company.
Licensed its animated series King Arthur and the Knights of Justice to Marvel in the early 90's.
Green Hornet, Inc.
Licensors of the Green Hornet franchise.
Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. was an American animation studio that dominated American television animation for three decades in the mid-to-late 20th century. It was founded in 1957 by former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (creators of Tom and Jerry) and live-action director George Sidney in partnership with Screen Gems, the television arm of Columbia Pictures. Sold to Taft Broadcasting in late 1966, it spent two decades as its subsidiary.
Hanna-Barbera was known not only for its characters, but building upon and popularizing the concepts and uses of limited animation. Over 30 years, successful hit cartoons were produced, including The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Wacky Races, Scooby-Doo and The Smurfs. For their achievements, Hanna and Barbera together won seven Academy Awards, eight Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a star on theHollywood Walk of Fame.
Hanna-Barbera's fortunes declined in the mid-1980s when the profitability of Saturday morning cartoons was eclipsed by weekday afternoon syndication. In late 1991, the studio was purchased from Taft (by then named Great American Broadcasting) by Turner Broadcasting System (Ted Turner's company), who used much of its back catalog to program its new TV channel, Cartoon Network. After Turner purchased the company, Hanna and Barbera continued to serve as creative consultants and mentors.
Turner merged with Time Warner in 1996 and the studio became a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Animation, into which Hanna-Barbera was absorbed after Hanna died in 2001. Cartoon Network Studios continued the projects for the channel's output. Barbera went on to work for Warner Bros. Animation until his death in 2006.
As of 2016, the studio exists as an in-name-only unit used to market properties and productions associated with the Hanna-Barbera library, specifically its "classic" works. In 2005, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Hanna and Barbera with a bronze wall sculpture of themselves and their characters.
Licensed The Muppets to Marvel in the 80's, later Disney bought both the Muppets and Marvel and had more comics published.
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.
Owners of James Bond, named for his creator Ian Fleming.
Jay Ward Productions
Animation studio and owners of the Rocky and Bullwinkle properties.
Video game company, licensor of Metal Gear Solid.
A film and television production company. Their most famous properties include Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
Film/television production company, owns properties like Pink Panther and Stargate. Historically owned and licensed Tom and Jerry for comics.
Major technology corporation, has licensed out its video game properties including Gears of War and Halo.
Has licensed Stranger Things for a series of comics.
see: NBC Studios
Produced a long-running digital comic for their Heroes franchise but licensed the property out when it came to publishing any physical comics.
New Comic Company, LLC
Bought the Creepy and Eerie properties and licenses them to Dark Horse for reprints.
A major film studio. They have published a single digital-only comic for the movie True Grit (found here) but their most famous franchises like Star Trek have never been published directly by them and are found here.
Red Sonja, LLC
Originally part of the same licensing company as Conan, her individual popularity led to her being split-off and has for decades resulted in her appearing in her own universe of characters at different publishers than Conan.
Rooster Teeth Productions
see: Rooster Teeth Productions
Licensors of RWBY.
Non-profit organization that owns and produces Sesame Street.
see: SNK Corporation
Japanese video game company.
French film producer and distributor, owners of Terminator.
Label of Lionsgate (film production and distribution studio), licensor of John Wick.
Tatsunoko Production is a Japanese animation studio founded on October 19, 1962 by brothers Tatsuo Yoshida, Kuri Ippei (pen name of Toyoharu Yoshida) and Kenji Yoshida, the studio is known for Speed Racer, Judo Boy, Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Space Knight Tekkaman, Casshern and Hurricane Polymar.
see: Tsuburaya Pro
United Plankton Pictures
see: United Plankton Pictures
Producers of the SpongeBob franchise. Although initially they did some licensing out of their characters for comics, they actually published their own long-running series of comics in the 10's and their characters are listed under their own publisher page.
Major film production and distribution company, has licensed out major franchises for comics including Battlestar Galactica and Jurassic Park.
Mass media and entertainment company. While TMNT were initially one of the most popular success stories in creator-owned American comics for their first few decades, in 2009 the rights were fully sold-off to Viacom who has since primarily licensed it to IDW.
Owner of Joe Palooka.
Two of Warner Bros. most famous cartoon artists were Chuck Jones and Tex Avery. They are known for creating characters in the Looney Toons and Merry Melodies cartoons, to include MGM's Tom & Jerry, and Paramount Pictures Popeye. The brothers Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack were the founders of Warner Bros. They started off with their first theater, the Cascade in 1903 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. Warner Bros. was founded in 1904 in Pittsburgh under the name Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company. They began producing films by the time World War I came around. In 1918 the opened Warner Bros. studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
Warner Bros. is now one of the world's largest producers of film and television entertainment and is widely considered to be one of the major film studios that own a large share of the movie market. Chuck Jones and Tex Avery helped to make Warner Bros. cartoons as famous as it is.
Warner Bros. is a subsidiary of the conglomerate media corporation Time Warner. Time Warner is also the owner of several properties that include CNN News Corporation, HBO, The CW, Cartoon Network, as well DC Comics.
Wizards of the Coast, LLC
Has licensed out its Dungeons & Dragons and Forgotten Realms properties for various comics.