15 Facts About Charlton Comics


Charlton Comics published a wide variety of genres including; crime, science fiction, Western, horror, war and romance comics, as well as talking animal and superhero titles.

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Charlton Comics was known for its low-budget practices, often using unpublished material acquired from defunct companies and paying comics creators among the lowest rates in the industry.

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Zoo Funnies was published under the imprint Children Charlton Comics Publishing; Jack in the Box, under Frank Comunale; and TNT Charlton Comics, under Charles Publishing Co.

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Charlton Comics continued publishing two of Fawcett's horror books—This Magazine Is Haunted and Strange Suspense Stories—initially using unpublished material from Fawcett's inventory.

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Charlton Comics had launched its first original romance title in 1951, True Life Secrets, but that series only lasted until 1956.

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Charlton picked up a number of Western titles from the defunct Fawcett Comics line, including Gabby Hayes Western, Lash LaRue Western, Monte Hale Western, Rocky Lane Western.

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Additionally, Charlton produced comics based on monsters featured in motion pictures such as Konga, Gorgo and Reptilicus.

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Charlton Comics developed a reputation as a place for new talent to break into comics; examples include Jim Aparo, Dennis O'Neil and Sam Grainger.

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In 1973, Charlton Comics debuted the gothic romance title Haunted Love, but this same period saw the mass cancellation of almost all of Charlton Comics's vast stable of traditional romance titles, including such long-running series as; Sweethearts, Romantic Secrets, Romantic Story, I Love You, Teen-Age Love, Just Married, and Teen Confessions, all of which dated from the 1950s.

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Charlton Comics began publishing such new titles as E-Man, Midnight Tales and Doomsday + 1.

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Charlton Comics was replaced by Bill Pearson, who became assistant editor after promoting Don Newton as the new Phantom artist and writing scripts for that title.

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Charlton Comics's licensed titles lapsed, its aging presses were deteriorating towards uselessness, and the company did not have the resources to replace them.

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In 1981, there was yet another attempt at new material, with a comic book version of Charlton Comics Bullseye serving as a new-talent showcase that actively solicited submissions by comic book fans, and an attempt at new Ditko-produced titles.

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Charlton Comics would produce several reprint titles under the company name of Avalon Communications and its imprint America's Comics Group, and announced plans to restart Charlton Comics.

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The Charlton Comics characters were incorporated into DC's main superhero line, starting in the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries of 1985.

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