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The National Bank Company, also known as the National Bank of New York and First National Bank of New York (FBNY)[1], is an American national investment bank and financial services company headquartered in Manhattan, New York City with branches all across the United States.


The National Bank was first established in Manhattan, New York City sometime before 1914.

When the National Bank noticed the rise of costumed adventurers, the company's marketing team decided it would be a very interesting publicity prospect to be able to brag that a self-owned superhero would be protecting their customer's money. Fashion designers were employed by the bank to make a costume. For aesthetic purposes and to raise maximum publicity appeal, the costume was extremely gaudy, with a large dollar sign on the front and a cloak that draped to the floor, especially liked by the test audiences.

Bill Brady decided to answer an ad for the National Bank and was hired as the mascot superhero known as Dollar Bill. The employees at National Bank convinced Brady to tryout for the Minutemen, despite having zero crime-fighting experience, to raise the bank's publicity. Captain Metropolis and Silk Spectre gladly accepted Brady in the team, as they realized that Dollar Bill's presence would be an asset to their public profile.[1]

In 1947, while attempting to stop a raid upon one of the branches of the National Bank, Dollar Bill's cape became entangled in the bank's revolving door and he was shot at point-blank range before he could free it.[2]