Whitman W [with Face] (Brand Emblem)

1971 - 1984
Number of Issues:
456
Notes:
In the 70s and 80s, Western labelled their non-returnable comics (as opposed to those sold on the newsstand market and returnable if unsold) as Whitman.

Note that the dates of some Whitman comics produced after 1981 are more of a Western production convention and often do not coincide with the dates the comics were made available. Some comics of this period have no indication of date whatsoever, and are dated by the information provided by Western to The Comic Reader.

In 1982, comics produced by Western Publishing (also known as Whitman comics, thanks to the name in the large "W" colophon in the upper left corner of covers) were available in two variations: a yellow W and a white W, arguably to differentiate different distribution methods. It is claimed that the yellow logo was used on comics sold in bagged lots, while the white logos were used on non-bagged issues sold directly to comic shops. The white logos were not returnable while the bagged comics were. This claim needs to be confirmed and sourced.

Brand emblem belongs to the brand group:

Brand Group Publisher Issues Year Began Year Ended Notes
Whitman Western 521 1971 1984 In the 70s and 80s, Western labelled their non-returnable comics (as opposed to those sold on the newsstand market and returnable if unsold) as Whitman. Note that the dates of some Whitman comics produced after 1981 are more of a Western production convention and often do not coincide with the dates the comics were made available. Some comics of this period have no indication of date whatsoever, and are dated by the information provided by Western to The Comic Reader.

Brand emblem is in use at the following publishers:

Publisher Year Began Year Ended Notes
Western 1971 1984
DC 1978 1980
Marvel 1977 1979
Issue Publication Date On-sale Date Indicia Publisher
Donald Duck (1962 series) #241 [April 1983] 1983-02-24 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Donald Duck (1962 series) #242 [May 1983] 1983-02-24 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Donald Duck (1962 series) #243 [1984] 1984-01-05 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Dr. Spektor Presents Spine-Tingling Tales (1975 series) #3 [Whitman] November 1975 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Dr. Spektor Presents Spine-Tingling Tales (1975 series) #4 [Whitman] January 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Famous First Edition (1974 series) #C-61 [Whitman] [March] 1979 1978-12-12 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Fat Albert (1974 series) #2 [Whitman] June 1974 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #3 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #8 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #10 [Whitman] December 1975 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #11 [Whitman] February 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #13 [Whitman] June 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #15 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #17 [Whitman] February 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #18 [Whitman] April 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #19 [Whitman] June 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #20 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #21 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #26 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #27 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #28 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Fat Albert (1974 series) #29 [Whitman] February 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
The Flash (1959 series) #268 [Whitman] December 1978 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #273 [Whitman] May 1979 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #274 [Whitman] June 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #275 [Whitman] July 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #276 [Whitman] August 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #278 [Whitman] October 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #283 [Whitman] March 1980 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
The Flash (1959 series) #286 [Whitman] June 1980 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #19 [Whitman] September 1978 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #20 [Whitman] ?
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #21 [Whitman] January 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #22 [Whitman] March 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #23 [Whitman] May 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #24 [Whitman] July 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #25 [Whitman] September 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #26 [Whitman] November 1979 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #27 [Whitman] January 1980 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #28 March 1980 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #29 May 1980 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #30 [Overseas Edition - 0.40 USD Cover Price] October 1980 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #30 [U.S. Edition - 0.50 USD Cover Price] July 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #31 March 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #32 April 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #33 May 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #34 October 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #35 [December 1981] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #36 [White Logo Variant] February 1982 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #36 [Yellow Logo Variant] February 1982 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #37 [White Logo Variant] March 1982 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Flash Gordon (1978 series) #37 [Yellow Logo Variant] March 1982 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Gold Key Spotlight (1976 series) #2 [Whitman] July 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Gold Key Spotlight (1976 series) #6 [Whitman] June 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Gold Key Spotlight (1976 series) #7 [Whitman] July 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Gold Key Spotlight (1976 series) #8 [Whitman] August 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Gold Key Spotlight (1976 series) #9 [Whitman] September 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Gold Key Spotlight (1976 series) #10 [Whitman] October 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Golden Comics Digest (1969 series) #32 [Whitman] September 1973 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Golden Comics Digest (1969 series) #33 [Whitman] November 1973 ?
Golden Comics Digest (1969 series) #43 [Whitman] [May 1975] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Golden Comics Digest (1969 series) #44 [Whitman] July 1975 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Golden Comics Digest (1969 series) #45 [Whitman] August 1975 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Golden Comics Digest (1969 series) #46 [Whitman] September 1975 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Green Lantern (1960 series) #116 [Whitman] May 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Green Lantern (1960 series) #117 [Whitman] June 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Green Lantern (1960 series) #118 [Whitman] July 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Green Lantern (1960 series) #119 [Whitman] August 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Green Lantern (1960 series) #121 [Whitman] October 1979 DC Comics Inc. (USDC)
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #11 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #15 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #16 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #17 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #18 [Whitman] [August 1974] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #19 [Whitman] [September 1974] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #20 [Whitman] November 1974 1974 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #21 [Whitman] [January 1975] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #22 [Whitman] [March 1975] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #24 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #25 [Whitman] August 1975 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #26 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #28 [Whitman] [December 1975] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #29 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #32 [Whitman] August 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #33 [Whitman] September 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #34 [Whitman] October 1976 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #35 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #37 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #38 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #39 [Whitman] August 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #40 [Whitman] September 1977 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #41 [Whitman] Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #46 [Whitman] August 1978 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #47 [Whitman] October 1978 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #48 [Whitman] November 1978 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #55 April 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #56 October 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #57 December 1981 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #58 [Yellow Logo Variant] February 1982 Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Grimm's Ghost Stories (1972 series) #58 [White Logo Variant] February 1982 Western Publishing Company, Inc.

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