King Comics

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


KFS made an effort to publish comic books of its own by establishing the publishing company King Comics in 1966. This short-lived comic book line showcased King's best-known characters in seven titles: "Beetle Bailey", "Blondie", "Flash Gordon, "Jungle Jim", "Mandrake the Magician", "The Phantom" and "Popeye". "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 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.

Title Issues Year(s) Note
Flash Gordon 1-11 Sept. 1966 - Dec. 1967 continued by Charlton
Mandrake the Magician 1-10 Sept. 1966 - Nov. 1967
The Phantom 18-28 Sept. 1966 - Dec. 1967 continued from Gold Key, continued by Charlton


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

3 Comics 29¢

Issues with "Mandrake the Magician", "The Phantom" and "Flash Gordon" were also sold in 3 pack plastic bags:


See: Supplementary Reading Program