King Comics

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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.

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

"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"