1938 - 1942
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
2
Brand Groups:
1
Brand Emblems in Use:
1

Total Number of Series:
30
Total Number of Issues:
180

Notes:
Centaur consisted of Centaur Publications, Inc. and the Comics Corporation of America. Comics published by both of these publishers were advertised together and referred to as being published by the "Centaur Group" in those ads.

Several additional companies have historically been lumped under "Centaur" on the grounds that the titles they published were later purchased and continued by Centaur Publications, Inc. The earliest of these were the Comics Magazine Company, Inc. and Chesler Publications, Inc., both of which sold titles to Ultem Publications, Inc. Many sources include these predecessors as Centaur issues, but the companies are all distinct.

Ultem in turn sold all four of their titles to Joseph Hardie and Raymond Kelly's Centaur Publications, Inc., which had been publishing pulp magazines since at least 1933. Centaur used these to begin their comic book line, and also drew on the back inventory of stories to fill out the early issues of their new titles with reprints. Comic Corporation of America began with Amazing Man Comics in 1939, but did not add other titles until after Centaur Publications, Inc. had ceased production at the end of 1940.

By many accounts, Centaur's titles suffered from poor distribution and as the U. S. was drawn into World War II they ceased publication. Some of their final issues were projects for the Chicago Mail Order Co. "C-M-O Comics" was published for them, (but not by the Chicago Mail Order Co., contrary to some sources), while Liberty Guards Comics may have been published directly by the Chicago Mail Order Co. Even less is known about a third possible CMO-related title, Khaki Komics. All of these issues except possibly Khaki Komics may have been published later in 1942 than the last regularly dated titles.

Comic Corporation of America continued on as a publisher of non-comics titles. Two other Hardie / Kelly companies, Harle Publications, Inc. (seen in the statement of ownership of Funny Picture Stories v3#1) and H-K Publications, Inc., would publish a few comics in the 1950's but mostly published other sorts of magazines.

Other Hardy / Kelly publishers:
Harle Publications: http://www.comics.org/publisher/2596/
H-K Publications: http://www.comics.org/publisher/4030/

Publishers who published titles that Centaur later bought:
Ultem: http://www.comics.org/publisher/7631/
Chesler: http://www.comics.org/publisher/112/
Comics Magazine Company: http://www.comics.org/publisher/7628/
Editing
Series Year # Issues Covers
Amazing Adventure Funnies 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Amazing Man Comics 1939 22 issues (22 indexed) Have 22 (Need 1)
Amazing Mystery Funnies 1938 24 issues (24 indexed) Gallery
The Arrow 1940 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
C-M-O Comics 1942 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Comic Pages 1939 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Cowboy Comics 1938 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Detective Eye 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Fantoman 1940 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Funny Pages 1938 26 issues (26 indexed) Gallery
Funny Picture Stories 1938 9 issues (9 indexed) Gallery
Funny Picture Stories [laundromat giveaway] 1938 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Keen Detective Funnies 1938 24 issues (24 indexed) Have 24 (Need 1)
Keen Komics 1939 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Khaki Komics 1941 1 issue (0 indexed) Gallery
Liberty Guards Comics 1942 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Liberty Scouts Comics 1941 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Little Giant Comics 1938 4 issues (1 indexed) Gallery
Little Giant Detective Funnies 1938 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Little Giant Movie Funnies 1938 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery
Man of War Comics 1941 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Masked Marvel 1940 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Star Comics 1938 14 issues (14 indexed) Have 13 (Need 1)
Star Ranger 1938 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery
Star Ranger Funnies 1938 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery
Stars and Stripes Comics 1941 5 issues (5 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1)
Super Spy 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
Uncle Joe's Funnies 1938 1 issue (1 indexed) Gallery
Wham Comics 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery
World Famous Heroes Magazine 1941 4 issues (1 indexed) Gallery