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the deceiver

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Scott

Subj: Re: Answer about Western Publishing
Posted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 at 09:51:04 am EDT
Reply Subj: Answer about Western Publishing
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 08:09:17 am EDT

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> 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.

> > 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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