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?