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the deceiver




I asked this question on the Golden Age message board and got one response that was totally wrong, so maybe someone hear has the answer:

Does anyone know the current status of Western Publishing? I know they ceased publishing comics under the Gold Key imprint in 1981, and then got rid of the Whitman imprint in '84. I am well aware that they licensed their comic book characters to Valiant in the 90's, but cannot find any reliable information about the company past 1999. Anyone know what has become of the company since then?


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Scott




> I asked this question on the Golden Age message board and got one response that was totally wrong, so maybe someone hear has the answer:

It wasn't wrong. Western Publishing went out of business in 1982 when it was bought out by Mattel.

> Does anyone know the current status of Western Publishing? I know they ceased publishing comics under the Gold Key imprint in 1981, and then got rid of the Whitman imprint in '84. I am well aware that they licensed their comic book characters to Valiant in the 90's, but cannot find any reliable information about the company past 1999. Anyone know what has become of the company since then?

Mattel bought Western Publishing in 1982.
Mattel sold Western Publishing in 1984.
Western Publishing became Golden Books Family Entertainment.
St. Martin's Press purchased the rights to GBFE's adult books in 1999 and GBFE remained a children's books publisher.
Golden Books Family Entertainment was acquired by Classic Media Inc. and Random House in a bankruptcy court auction in 2001.
The H.E. Harris coin company purchased Whitman Coin Products from St. Martin’s Press in 2003. Harris renamed WCP as Whitman Publishing.
Western Publishing was absorbed into Golden Books Publishing Company.

The true Western Publishing ended in 1982. The remnants of the company were dissolved in the 2001 bankruptcy of GBFE.


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the deceiver




> > I asked this question on the Golden Age message board and got one response that was totally wrong, so maybe someone here has the answer:
>
> It wasn't wrong. Western Publishing went out of business in 1982 when it was bought out by Mattel.

Being Bought-out by another company doesn't mean that they "went out of business". DC was purchased by Warner Brothers .... does that mean DC Comics "went out of business"? Marvel Comics has been purchased by several companies/individuals over the years ... are they "out of business"? And, if Western Publishing had disappeared in 1982, how could Jim Shooter have licensed any characters from them in 1990?

> St. Martin's Press purchased the rights to GBFE's adult books in 1999 and GBFE remained a children's books publisher.
> Golden Books Family Entertainment was acquired by Classic Media Inc. and Random House in a bankruptcy court auction in 2001.


Can you tell me where you're getting this information from?


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Scott




> Being Bought-out by another company doesn't mean that they "went out of business". DC was purchased by Warner Brothers .... does that mean DC Comics "went out of business"? Marvel Comics has been purchased by several companies/individuals over the years ... are they "out of business"?

The difference is that those companies stayed in business as Marvel and DC, whereas Western's properties were absorbed by the new company and used by them. Had Warner Bros. purchased DC and then re-named their comic line WB Comics, then DC would be no more. Shooter licensed the characters from the new company that owned them.

> Can you tell me where you're getting this information from?

Google is your friend.


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> The difference is that those companies stayed in business as Marvel and DC, whereas Western's properties were absorbed by the new company and used by them. Had Warner Bros. purchased DC and then re-named their comic line WB Comics, then DC would be no more. Shooter licensed the characters from the new company that owned them.

You're right. Western was dead. The new buyers were only interested in acquiring company assets.

> > Can you tell me where you're getting this information from?

Visit classicmedia.tv. You'll find licensing info for the old Gold Key/Whitman characters as well as some of Harvey Comics intellectual properties.

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