L. Miller & Son
|L. Miller & Son|
L. Miller & Co
The company was founded by father and son Arnold and Leonard Miller in 1943. In 1945 they started out publishing comic books based on reprints of titles from the Fawcett Comics Marvel Family. In addition to the Fawcett Comics Miller introduced a number of Western comics and other series in the 50's. In 1959 L. Miller & Son cancelled most of their titles, and the company changed its name to L. Miller & Co.
The change in name can been seen on the covers from the "Mandrake the Magician" series, The first issues have the trialgel logo with L. Miller & Son and later on L. Miller & Co.
L. Miller & Co left the comic publishing business in 1966 and sold their printing plates to Alan Class Comics.
Mandrake publications published by L. Miller & Son/Co
|Four Aces Comic||1954-1954||7 (?)|
|King Comic/Comics||1954-1954||14 + 1 Annual|
|Mandrake the Magician||1959-1964 ?||24|
The Mandrake comics were published without the publication date being written on the cover, or on the inside.
L. Miller & Son vs L. Miller & Co
The change of the company name is seen at the covers on several of the Miller's series, like in this list made using the covers at GCD:
|Series||Start year||issues||Miller & Son||Miller & Co||note|
|Daniel Boone||1957||1-35||24||26||February 1957 - December 1959|
|Ken Maynard Western||1959||1-3||1||3|
|Kid Dynamite Western Comic||1954||1-65||52||54|
|Lash Larue Western||1950||50-125||120||123|
|Mandrake the Magician||1961||1-24||3(*)||4|
|Marvelman||1954||1-346||293||294||February 3, 1954 - February 1963|
|Marvelman Family||1956||1-30||24||26||October 1956 - November 1959|
|Outlaws of the West||1958||1-13||8||9|
|Pancho Villa Western Comic||1954||1-64||50||52|
|The Phantom||1959||1-18||3||4||June 1959 -1962|
|Private Lives Romances||1957||1-40||19||24|
|Rocky Lane Western||1950||1-139||135||136|
|Rocky Mountain King Western Comic||1955||1-65||51||55|
|Tex Ritter Western||1951||50-99||95||96|
|Texas Rangers in Action||1959||1-17||12||13|
|TV Heroes||1958||1-26||9||10||July 1958 - August 1960|
|Young Marvelman||1954||25-370||291(*)||294||February 3, 1954 - February 1963|
Interesting the one marked with (*) have & Son on the cover but & Co inside.
Looking at the "Tarzan Adventures" series, published weekly by Westword Publications and distrubuted by L. Miller, at this time the Miller company changed its name in January 1959. Vol. 8 no. 42 (week ending 17th January 1959 - Sunday to Saturday!) has the & Son, and Vol. 8 no. 43 (week ending with 24th January 1959) has the & Co.
The "Young Marvelman" series was like the "Marvelman" released with 370 issues from February 3, 1954 to February 3, 1963. The "Young Marvelman" seried had the publication date printed on the cover up to issue 229 (the week ending with January 4, 1958). The series is said to be weekly from issue 25 to issue 332, and then monthly up to issue 370. If this is correct, then the issue 291 was sold the week ending with 14th March 1959.
The ads found inside the Mandrake issues are similar to ads found in other titles by Miller, like in the "Young Marvelman", "Marvelman" and other series.
The ads from Broadway Approvals, for start packages for collecting stamp, in particular stand out. These full page ads were made with different layouts and in Miller comics they have a Lot code starting with W1, W2 and on. The corresponding ones in other comics and magazines by other publisher follows a similar pattern, like: "Tarzan Adventures" - Lot Y1, Y2 and on; "Meccano Magazine" - Lot MC1, MC2 and on; "War Picture Library" - Lot AL1, AL2 and on.
For the Miller comics it looks like the W lot numbers are identical for different series in the same month they were released. Although the number did not necessarily change every month.
The fourth Mandrake issue has the W5 lot number for the Broadway Approvals ad. This lot number is the first with the companys new address, 50 Denmark Hill. This address is first seen in the March 1959 issue of "Meccano Magazine", so Miller's lot numbers W1 to W4 (with address 486 Old Kent Rd) was likely printed before March 1959.