Thorpe & Porter

1951 - 1979
Country:
United Kingdom
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
9
Brand Groups:
4
Brand Emblems in Use:
4

Total Number of Series:
157
Total Number of Issues:
3166
Show covers by month:
using on-sale date or using publication date

Notes:
Mostly published US reprints.

In the early 1960s, Thorpe & Porter either acquired or distributed a number of Arnold Book Company's titles. Also in the early 1960s, the imprint Strato was launched, but lasted only a few years. Another imprint, Top Sellers, was more successful and lasted until well into the 1970s.

The company was bought by DC Comics in 1965. In 1965-1966, a number of original-material titles were published.

From 1959, Thorpe & Porter were the sole distributor of both US DC and US Marvel comics in the UK. Marvel comics were issued with the covers altered (in the USA) to show a UK price instead of US price; whilst the cover month was removed. DC comics were franked with a circular UK price stamp, after their arrival. A few Marvels were also price-stamped in similar fashion.

Marvel importation was erratic, due to Marvel UK's promotion of their own reprints, which meant some titles were not offered for periods [Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel, 1963 series) is a prime example].
Series Year # Issues Covers Published
87th Precinct 1962 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1962 - 1962
Action Double Double Comics 1967 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 1) 1967 - 1973
Adventure Double Double Comics 1967 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1967 - 1973
Adventures into Weird Worlds 1952 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 2) 1952 - 1952 ?
Adventures of Biggles 1950 15 issues (0 indexed) Have 11 (Need 4) 1950 ? - 1959 ?
Airboy Comics 1953 5 issues (5 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) 1953 - 1953
American Eagle Western 1955 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1955
Archie Comics 1953 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1953
The Avengers 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1966
Batman Annual 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1970]
Batman Bumper Book 1979 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1970
Batman Double Double Comics 1967 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 2) 1967 - 1973
Benjy All Colour Paperback 1973 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1973
Benjy and His Friends 1971 30 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 27) 1971 - 1972
The Bible Illustrated [Old Testament Edition] 1960 5 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1960 ? - ?
The Bible Illustrated [The New Testament] 1960 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1) 1960 ? - ?
Blackhawk 1956 37 issues (2 indexed) Have 37 (Need 1) 1956 - 1958?
Blackhawk Album 1957 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1957
Bonanza [Western Classics] 1970 15 issues (0 indexed) Have 5 (Need 10) 1970 - 1972
Boy Detective Comics 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1952
The Brave and the Bold Annual 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1967
Bugs Bunny 1953 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1953
Bugs Bunny 1972 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1972
Cain's Hundred 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1962
Calimero 1973 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) 1973 - 1974
Candida the Marchesa 1974 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 1974 - 1974
Casper the Friendly Ghost 1973 24 issues (0 indexed) Have 12 (Need 12) 1973 - 1974
Challengers of the Unknown 1960 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery [1960] - [1960]
Charles Rand 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1966
Charlie Chaplin 1973 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) December 1973 - 1974
The Classics Companion of Great Indian Stories 1950 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1950
Classics Illustrated 1951 181 issues (25 indexed) Have 225 (Need 12) October 1951 - [June ?, 1963]
Classics Illustrated Deluxe Edition 1951 5 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1951 ? - ?
Classics Illustrated Junior 1953 16 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 13) 1953 - 1954
Classics Illustrated Special Issue 1957 8 issues (0 indexed) Have 8 (Need 2) [1957] - [1970]
Comic Collection 1980 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) 1980 ? - ?
Comics to Hold You Spellbound 1953 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1953 - ?
Daffy Duck 1972 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 2) 1972 - ?
Danger Man 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1966
Dead-Eye Western Comic 1953 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) February 1953
Detective Double Double Comics 1967 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1967 - 1973
Doctor Dolittle 1973 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1973 - 1974
Dracula 1962 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1962
Edgar Rice Burroughs Korak, Son of Tarzan 1971 71 issues (1 indexed) Have 40 (Need 35) 1971 - 1976
Edgar Rice Burroughs Korak, Son of Tarzan [cent covers] 1971 52 issues (0 indexed) Have 31 (Need 22) 1971 ? - 1974 ?
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes Bumper Album 1972 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1972
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes [cent covers] 1971 91 issues (4 indexed) Have 62 (Need 30) 1971 - [1975 ?]
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes [First Series] 1970 7 issues (0 indexed) Have 6 (Need 1) 1970 - 1971
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes [Second Series] 1971 116 issues (4 indexed) Have 116 (Need 7) [March 3rd 1971] ? - 1975
Eerie 1952 3 issues (2 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1) [1952] ? - 1952
Fantastic Tales 1963 21 issues (1 indexed) Have 18 (Need 3) 1963 - 1963
Fargo Kid 1959 3 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1959 - 1959
First Love 1959 18 issues (0 indexed) Have 9 (Need 11) 1959 - 1961 ?
The Flash 1960 5 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1960 ? - 1962 ?
The Flash 1962 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery 1962 - 1962 ?
Forbidden Worlds 1950 145 issues (1 indexed) Have 8 (Need 137) 1950 ? - 1969 ?
Fotostrip 1970 3 issues (0 indexed) Add 1970 ? - 1970 ?
Fox and Crow 1970 31 issues (0 indexed) Have 17 (Need 16) 1970 - ?
Frankenstein 1963 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1963
Frogman Comics 1952 5 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1952 - 1952
Funny Half Hour 1970 168 issues (0 indexed) Have 19 (Need 153) 1970 ? - 197
Gene Autry Comics 1953 34 issues (0 indexed) Have 21 (Need 15) 1953 - 1954
Green Lantern Annual 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1967
Gunsmoke 1970 17 issues (0 indexed) Have 9 (Need 9) 1970 - 1971
Hammer's Halls of Horror 1978 4 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1978 - 1978
An Illustrated History of Great Indian Stories 1950 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1950 ?
An Illustrated Library of Great Adventure Stories 1950 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1950 ?
An Illustrated Library of Great Indian Stories 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1952
Jesse James Comics 1952 9 issues (5 indexed) Have 7 (Need 7) 1952 - 1952
Jimmy Olsen Double Double Comics 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1967
Jughead 1955 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1955 ?
Jumbo Comics 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1952
Justice League Double Double Comics 1968 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1968 - 1972
Justice Traps the Guilty 1957 15 issues (5 indexed) Have 14 (Need 1) 1957 ? - 1958
Justice Traps the Guilty 1965 13 issues (4 indexed) Have 12 (Need 2) 1965 - 1965
Kaanga 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1952
Kid Colt Outlaw 1950 58 issues (28 indexed) Have 56 (Need 4) 1950 ? - 1960 ?
Kid Colt Western Comics 1952 7 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 5) 1952 - 1952
Kid Colt, Outlaw Album 1958 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1958
Kid Slade Gunfighter 1957 7 issues (1 indexed) Have 6 (Need 1) 1957 - 1960 ?
Kid Slade, Gunfighter 1957 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1957 - 1957
King Kong 1970 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1970
Kit Carson Comics 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1952
Korak Son of Tarzan Adventure Album 1971 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1971
Korak Son of Tarzan Bumper Album 1973 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1973 - 1973
Larry Harmon's Laurel & Hardy 1969 142 issues (3 indexed) Have 58 (Need 91) 1969 - 1974 ?
Laurel & Hardy Bumper Book 1970 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1970
Laurel and Hardy Extra 1969 8 issues (0 indexed) Have 5 (Need 6) 1969 - 1972
Lois Lane Double Double Comics 1968 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1968
Lone Ranger 1970 15 issues (0 indexed) Have 8 (Need 7) 1970 - 1971
Mad 1959 290 issues (1 indexed) Have 58 (Need 239) 1959 - 1994 ?
Marked for Murder 1965 8 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1965 - ?
Matt Slade Gunfighter 1957 5 issues (3 indexed) Have 5 (Need 2) 1957 - 1957
Merry Tales 1970 4 issues (0 indexed) Add 1970 - 1970
Metal Men Annual 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1967
Mike Shayne Private Eye 1962 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1962 - ?
Miracle Man 1965 13 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1965 - ?
Mr. District Attorney 1953 24 issues (2 indexed) Have 23 (Need 2) 1953 ? - 1954
The Mummy 1963 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1963
My Horse 1973 6 issues (0 indexed) Add May 1973 - 1974 ?