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==History==
 
==History==
In 1966 [[King Features Syndicate|KFS]] made an effort to publish comic books of its own by establishing the publishing company '''King Comics'''. This comic book line showcased King's best-known characters in seven titles: "Beetle Bailey" <ref group="footnotes">''(#54-65)'' - continued from Gold Key, continued by Charlton with #67 ''(note: #66 sold overseas only by King)''</ref>, "Blondie" <ref group="footnotes">''(#164-175)'' - continued from Harvey Comics, continued by Charlton</ref>, "Flash Gordon" <ref group="footnotes">''(#1-11)'' - continued by Charlton</ref>, "Jungle Jim" <ref group="footnotes">''(#5)'' - reprinted Dell Comics' issue #5, continued by Charlton using Dell's numbering</ref>, "[[Mandrake the Magician]]" <ref group="footnotes">''(#1-10)''</ref>, "[[The Phantom]]" <ref group="footnotes">''(#18-28)'' - continued from Gold Key, continued by Charlton</ref> and "Popeye" <ref group="footnotes">''(#81-92)'' - continued from Gold Key, continued by Charlton </ref>.  
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The publishing company '''King Comics''' was made by [[King Features Syndicate|KFS]] in 1966 as an effort to publish comic books of its own.  
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===Regular series===
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The comic book line showcased King's best-known characters in seven titles:  
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====Beetle Bailey====
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The "Beetle Bailey" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Gold Key".
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-54.jpg|#54
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-55.jpg|#55
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-56.jpg|#56
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-57.jpg|#57
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</gallery>
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====Blondie====
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The "Blondie" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Harvey Comics".
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Blondie-164.jpg|#164
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Image:kc-Blondie-165.jpg|#165
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Image:kc-Blondie-166.jpg|#166
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Image:kc-Blondie-167.jpg|#167
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</gallery>
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====Popeye====
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The "Popeye" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Gold Key".
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Popeye-81.jpg|#81
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Image:kc-Popeye-82.jpg|#82
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Image:kc-Popeye-83.jpg|#83
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Image:kc-Popeye-84.jpg|#84
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</gallery>
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====Flash Gordon====
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In addition to the Mandrake series there was three Mandrake stories as back-up titles in the "Flash Gordon" series.
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<gallery>
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Image:Flash_Gordon-01-king.jpg|<center>[[Flash Gordon 1 (King)|''Flash Gordon'' #1]]
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Image:Flash_Gordon-02-king.jpg|<center>[[Flash Gordon 2 (King)|''Flash Gordon'' #2]]
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Image:Flash_Gordon-03-king.jpg|<center>[[Flash Gordon 3 (King)|''Flash Gordon'' #3]]
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Image:Flash_Gordon-04-king.jpg|''Flash Gordon'' #4
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</gallery>
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''(#1-11)'' - continued by Charlton
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====Mandrake the Magician====
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The Mandrake stories were all new [[King Comics stories|''non newspaper'' stories]].
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<gallery>
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Image:mandrake01king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 1 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #1]]
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Image:mandrake02king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 2 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #2]]
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Image:mandrake03king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 3 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #3]]
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Image:mandrake04king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 4 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #4]]
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</gallery>
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====The Phantom====
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"The Phantom" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Gold Key".
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In addition to the Mandrake series there was three Mandrake stories as back-up titles in the "The Phantom" series.
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<gallery>
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Image:Phantom-21king.jpg|<center>[[The Phantom 21 (King)|''The Phantom'' #21]]
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Image:Phantom22king.jpg|<center>[[The Phantom 22 (King)|''The Phantom'' #22]]
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Image:Phantom-23king.jpg|<center>[[The Phantom 23 (King)|''The Phantom'' #23]]
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Image:Phantom-24king.jpg|''The Phantom'' #23
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</gallery>
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===King Paks!===
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{{stub}}
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"On the Drawing Board" vol. 2 issue 12 ''(April 1967)'' included a letter from [[Bill Harris]] describing their plans for their "King Comics" series:<br>
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''(extracts...) With the issues that went on sale in December they divorced themselves from the magazine wholesalers and their outlets in favor of toy wholesalers, jobbers and their outlets. To prevent confusion between "King Comics" that were returnable and not they went off-sale completely for awhile. By April 1. "Blondie", "Beetle Bailey" and "Popeye" will go on sale again, under a new marketing setup. The next month "The Phantom" "Mandrake" and "Flash Gordon" will be back, following a bi-monthly schedule. The numbering will continue from the newsstand issues. "King Comics" will be available only in packages of three, one with the humor titles and one with the adventure books.''
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====King Paks!====
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King Comics method of distribution from Mandrake #5 was in King Paks!
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<gallery>
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Image:King_Comics-3comics-10.jpg|advertisements
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Image:King_Comics-3comics-20.jpg|sales box
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Image:King_Comics-3comics-21.jpg|sales box (cardboard display)
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Image:King_Comics-3comics-30.jpg|sample 3 Comics
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</gallery>
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===Subscribing===
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{{stub}}
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While one still could subscribe to individual King titles.
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====Beetle Bailey====
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-58.jpg|#58
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-59.jpg|#59
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-60.jpg|#60
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-61.jpg|#61
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-62.jpg|#62
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-63.jpg|#63
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-64.jpg|#64
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Image:kc-Beetle-Bailey-65.jpg|#65
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</gallery>
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The "Beetle Bailey" series continued the numbering ''(skipping #66 !)'' with the publisher "Charlton".
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====Blondie====
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Blondie-168.jpg|#168
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Image:kc-Blondie-169.jpg|#169
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Image:kc-Blondie-170.jpg|#170
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Image:kc-Blondie-171.jpg|#171
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Image:kc-Blondie-172.jpg|#172
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Image:kc-Blondie-173.jpg|#173
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Image:kc-Blondie-174.jpg|#174
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Image:kc-Blondie-175.jpg|#175
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</gallery>
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The "Blondie" series continued the numbering with the publisher "Charlton".
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====Popeye====
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Popeye-85.jpg|#85
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Image:kc-Popeye-86.jpg|#86
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Image:kc-Popeye-87.jpg|#87
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Image:kc-Popeye-88.jpg|#88
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Image:kc-Popeye-89.jpg|#89
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Image:kc-Popeye-90.jpg|#90
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Image:kc-Popeye-91.jpg|#91
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Image:kc-Popeye-92.jpg|#92
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</gallery>
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The "Popeye" series continued the numbering with the publisher "Charlton".
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====Flash Gordon====
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<gallery>
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Image:Flash_Gordon-05-king.jpg|#5
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Image:Flash_Gordon-06-king.jpg|#6
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Image:Flash_Gordon-07-king.jpg|#7
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Image:Flash_Gordon-08-king.jpg|#8
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Image:Flash_Gordon-09-king.jpg|#9
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Image:Flash_Gordon-10-king.jpg|#10
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Image:Flash_Gordon-11-king.jpg|#11
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</gallery>
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The "Flash Gordon" series continued the numbering with the publisher "Charlton".
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====Jungle Jim====
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The "Jungle Jim" series reprinted issue 5 from the publisher "Dell Comics".
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<gallery>
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Image:kc-Jungle-Jim-05.jpg|#05
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</gallery>
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The "Jungle Jim" series continued with the publisher "Charlton" using Dell's numbering.
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====Mandrake the Magician====
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<gallery>
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Image:mandrake05king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 5 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #5]]
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Image:mandrake06king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 6 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #6]]
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Image:mandrake07king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 7 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #7]]
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Image:mandrake08king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 8 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #8]]
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Image:mandrake09king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 9 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #9]]
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Image:mandrake10king.png|<center>[[Mandrake the Magician 10 (King)|''Mandrake the Magician'' #10]]
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</gallery>
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====The Phantom====
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{{stub}}
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<gallery>
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Image:Phantom-21king.jpg|<center>[[The Phantom 21 (King)|''The Phantom'' #21]]
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Image:Phantom22king.jpg|<center>[[The Phantom 22 (King)|''The Phantom'' #22]]
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Image:Phantom-23king.jpg|<center>[[The Phantom 23 (King)|''The Phantom'' #23]]
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Image:Phantom-24king.jpg|''The Phantom'' #23
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</gallery>
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"The Phantom" series continued the numbering ''(skipping #29)''with the publisher "Charlton".
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===Overseas===
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"Beetle Bailey" note: #66 sold overseas
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"On the Drawing Board" vol. 2 issue 12 ''(April 1967)'' included a letter from [[Bill Harris]] describing their plans for their "King Comics" series: ''(extracts...) With the issues that went on sale in December they divorced themselves from the magazine wholesalers and their outlets in favor of toy wholesalers, jobbers and their outlets. To prevent confusion between "King Comics" that were returnable and not they went off-sale completely for awhile. By April 1. "Blondie", "Beetle Bailey" and "Popeye" will go on sale again, under a new marketing setup. The next month "The Phantom" "Mandrake" and "Flash Gordon" will be back, following a bi-monthly schedule. The numbering will continue from the newsstand issues. "King Comics" will be available only in packages of three, one with the humor titles and one with the adventure books.''
 
  
===Mandrake the Magician by King Comics===
 
The Mandrake stories were all new [[King Comics stories|''non newspaper'' stories]]. In addition to the Mandrake series there was three Mandrake stories as back-up titles in the "Flash Gordon" and "The Phantom" series.
 
  
{| {{table}}
 
!Title !!Issues !!Year(s) !!Note
 
|-
 
| ''[[Flash Gordon (King Comics)|Flash Gordon]]'' || 1-11 || Sept. 1966 - Dec. 1967 ||
 
|-
 
| ''[[Mandrake the Magician (King Comics)|Mandrake the Magician]]'' || 1-10 || Sept. 1966 - Nov. 1967 ||
 
|-
 
| ''[[The Phantom (King Comics)|The Phantom]]'' || 18-28 || Sept. 1966 - Dec. 1967 ||
 
|-
 
|}
 
  
==Note==
 
<references group="footnotes" />
 
  
 
==Other==
 
==Other==

Revision as of 20:01, 24 October 2017

King Comics
Biographical information
Founded: 1966
Country: Mini usa.gif USA / English
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History

The publishing company King Comics was made by KFS in 1966 as an effort to publish comic books of its own.

Regular series

The comic book line showcased King's best-known characters in seven titles:

Beetle Bailey

The "Beetle Bailey" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Gold Key".

Blondie

The "Blondie" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Harvey Comics".

Popeye

The "Popeye" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Gold Key".

Flash Gordon

In addition to the Mandrake series there was three Mandrake stories as back-up titles in the "Flash Gordon" series.

(#1-11) - continued by Charlton

Mandrake the Magician

The Mandrake stories were all new non newspaper stories.

The Phantom

"The Phantom" series continued the numbering from the publisher "Gold Key". In addition to the Mandrake series there was three Mandrake stories as back-up titles in the "The Phantom" series.

King Paks!

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"On the Drawing Board" vol. 2 issue 12 (April 1967) included a letter from Bill Harris describing their plans for their "King Comics" series:

(extracts...) With the issues that went on sale in December they divorced themselves from the magazine wholesalers and their outlets in favor of toy wholesalers, jobbers and their outlets. To prevent confusion between "King Comics" that were returnable and not they went off-sale completely for awhile. By April 1. "Blondie", "Beetle Bailey" and "Popeye" will go on sale again, under a new marketing setup. The next month "The Phantom" "Mandrake" and "Flash Gordon" will be back, following a bi-monthly schedule. The numbering will continue from the newsstand issues. "King Comics" will be available only in packages of three, one with the humor titles and one with the adventure books.

King Paks!

King Comics method of distribution from Mandrake #5 was in King Paks!

Subscribing

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While one still could subscribe to individual King titles.

Beetle Bailey

The "Beetle Bailey" series continued the numbering (skipping #66 !) with the publisher "Charlton".

Blondie

The "Blondie" series continued the numbering with the publisher "Charlton".

Popeye

The "Popeye" series continued the numbering with the publisher "Charlton".

Flash Gordon

The "Flash Gordon" series continued the numbering with the publisher "Charlton".

Jungle Jim

The "Jungle Jim" series reprinted issue 5 from the publisher "Dell Comics".

The "Jungle Jim" series continued with the publisher "Charlton" using Dell's numbering.

Mandrake the Magician

The Phantom

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"The Phantom" series continued the numbering (skipping #29)with the publisher "Charlton".

Overseas

"Beetle Bailey" note: #66 sold overseas




Other

Response cards

To give a response to letters "King Comics" made several Response cards with printed text on the back:

  • "It isn't possibile to answer every letter personally. But we appreciate your ideas and suggestions. Look for answer to questions like yours in the letter pages of future issues.
    The Editors KING COMICS

King Paks!

While one still could subscribe to individual King titles, King Comics method of distribution from Mandrake #5 was in King Paks!

Giveaways

See: Supplementary Reading Program

Sources

First Comics News, Phil Latter: "The Charlton Comics Mystique part 1"