World Distributors

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World Distributors
Biographical information
Founded: 1945
Country: Mini uk.gif UK

World Distributors was an English publisher.

In Manchester, after the end of World War II, the brothers Alfred, John and Sidney Pemberton were in the business of selling second hand books. After the end of World War II they started as publishers - under the name of "World Distributors/Sydney Pemberton" in 1945, the company being incorporated as "World Distributors (Manchester) Limited" on May 1949 - specializing in hardback annuals published in the autumn of each year. Unsold stock could be shipped to overseas markets such as New Zealand and Australia.

During the fities, "World Distributors" was specialised into publishing many wetern comic-books, mainly retaken from the "Dell Comics" American catalog, such as "Billy the Kid Adventure Magazine", "Cisco Kid" "Indian Chief (featuring White Eagle)", "John Wayne Adventure Comics", "Red Ryder Comics", "The Lone Ranger", "Tonto", "Roy Rogers Comics" and "Western Roundup" among other titles.

The "World Adventure Library" series was introduced in 1966 featuring sub series such as: "Batman" (11 issues), "Bonanza" (3 issues), "Flash Gordon" (7 issues), "Mandrake the Magician" (8 issues), "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" (14 issues) , "The Phantom" (8 issues), "Superman" (4 issues) and "Tarzan" (3 issues).

The publisher changed to "World International, Ltd" in 1981, but by the end of the decade they had ceased publishing (Later acquired by "Egmont Group" but no more title was published with the "World" name).

Mandrake publications published by World Distributors Ltd

Title Year(s) Issues
World Adventure Library - Mandrake the Magician 1967 8

Mandrake featured as anthology appearance in World Distributors publications

Title Year(s) Issues
Flash Gordon Annual #1967 1966 1