Thorpe & Porter

1951 - 1979
Country:
United Kingdom
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
12
Brand Groups:
4
Brand Emblems in Use:
4

Total Number of Series:
162
Total Number of Issues:
2927
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
1001 Laffs [m] 1970 11 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 7) 1970 ? - ?
87th Precinct 1962 2 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1962 - 1962
Action Double Double Comics 1967 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 1) [circa 1967] - [circa 1971]
Adventure Double Double Comics 1967 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [circa 1967] - [circa 1972]
Adventures into Weird Worlds [m] 1952 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1952 - 1952 ?
Adventures of Biggles [m] 1955 9 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1955 ? - 1959 ?
Airboy Comics 1953 5 issues (5 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) 1953 - 1953
American Eagle Western [m] 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 [a] 1979 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1970
Batman Double Double Comics 1967 3 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 2) [circa 1967] - [circa 1971]
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 [The New Testament] [m] 1960 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1960 ? - ?
The Bible Illustrated [The Old Testament] [m] 1960 5 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1960 ? - [1960?]
Blackhawk 1956 37 issues (5 indexed) Gallery 1956 - 1958?
Blackhawk Album [m] 1957 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1957
Blackhawk Annual [b] 1959 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1959
Bonanza [Western Classics] 1970 15 issues (0 indexed) Have 6 (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 1972 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1972
Bugs Bunny Comics [m] 1953 4 issues (1 indexed) Have 3 (Need 2) 1953 - 1953
Cain's Hundred [m] 1962 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1962
Calimero [m] 1973 12 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 9) 1973 - 1974
Candida the Marchesa 1974 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1974 - 1974
Casper the Friendly Ghost 1973 24 issues (0 indexed) Have 13 (Need 11) 1973 - 1974
Challengers of the Unknown 1960 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery [1960] - [1960]
Charles Rand [m] 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1966
Charlie Chaplin [m] 1973 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) December 1973 - 1974
The Classics Companion of Great Indian Stories [b] 1950 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1950
Classics Illustrated [m] 1951 181 issues (25 indexed) Have 225 (Need 12) October 1951 - [June ?, 1963]
Classics Illustrated Deluxe Edition [b] 1951 5 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1951 ? - ?
Classics Illustrated Junior [m] 1953 16 issues (1 indexed) Have 3 (Need 13) 1953 - 1954
Classics Illustrated Special Issue [m] 1957 8 issues (0 indexed) Have 8 (Need 2) [1957] - [1970]
Comic Collection [m] 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 [m] 1972 4 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 2) 1972 - ?
Danger Man 1966 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1966
Dead-Eye Western Comic [m] 1953 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) February 1953
Detective Double Double Comics 1967 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [circa 1967] - [circa 1971]
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 [m] 1971 71 issues (1 indexed) Have 47 (Need 27) 1971 - 1976
Edgar Rice Burroughs Korak, Son of Tarzan [cent covers] [m] 1971 58 issues (0 indexed) Have 42 (Need 17) 1971 ? - 1974 ?
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes Bumper Album [a] 1972 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1972
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes [cent covers] [m] 1971 91 issues (4 indexed) Have 62 (Need 30) 1971 - [1975 ?]
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes [First Series] [m] 1970 7 issues (0 indexed) Have 6 (Need 1) 1970 - 1971
Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes [Second Series] [m] 1971 116 issues (5 indexed) Have 118 (Need 3) [March 3rd 1971] ? - 1975
Eerie [m] 1952 3 issues (2 indexed) Have 3 (Need 1) [1952] ? - 1952
Fantastic Tales 1963 21 issues (3 indexed) Have 19 (Need 2) 1963 - 1963
Fargo Kid 1959 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery [1959] - 1959
First Love [m] 1959 18 issues (0 indexed) Have 10 (Need 10) 1959 - 1961 ?
The Flash [m] 1960 5 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1960 ? - 1962 ?
The Flash 1962 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery 1962 - 1962 ?
Forbidden Worlds [m] 1950 8 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1950 ? - 1951
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 7 issues (3 indexed) Have 5 (Need 2) 1952 - 1952
Funny Half Hour [m] 1970 171 issues (0 indexed) Have 44 (Need 136) 1970 ? - 1979 ?
Gene Autry Comics 1953 36 issues (0 indexed) Have 29 (Need 15) 1953 - 1954
Giant Superman Album [b] 1975 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [1975?]
Green Lantern Annual [m] 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1967
Gunsmoke 1970 17 issues (0 indexed) Have 10 (Need 8) 1970 - 1971
Hammer's Halls of Horror [m] 1978 4 issues (4 indexed) Gallery [May] 1978 - August 1978
An Illustrated Library of Great Adventure Stories [b] 1950 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1952
An Illustrated Library of Great Indian Stories [b] 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1952
Jesse James Comics 1952 9 issues (6 indexed) Have 9 (Need 6) 1952 - 1952
Jimmy Olsen Double Double Comics 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) [circa 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 [circa 1968] - [circa 1972]
Justice Traps the Guilty [m] 1957 15 issues (5 indexed) Have 14 (Need 1) 1957 ? - 1958
Justice Traps the Guilty 1965 13 issues (5 indexed) Have 12 (Need 2) 1965 - 1965
Kaanga 1952 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1952
Kid Colt Outlaw [m] 1950 58 issues (48 indexed) Gallery 1950 ? - 1960 ?
Kid Colt Western Comics 1952 7 issues (3 indexed) Have 5 (Need 3) 1952 - 1952
Kid Colt, Outlaw Album [b] 1958 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1958
Kid Slade Gunfighter 1957 7 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1957 - 1960 ?
Kid Slade, Gunfighter 1957 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery 1957 - 1957
King Kong 1970 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1970
Kit Carson Comics [m] 1952 2 issues (1 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) 1952 - ?
Korak Son of Tarzan Adventure Album [m] 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 [m] 1969 142 issues (3 indexed) Have 65 (Need 85) 1969 - 1974 ?
Larry Harmon's Laurel and Hardy a Special Yuletide Album [a] 1972 1 issues (0 indexed) Add 1972
Laurel & Hardy Bumper Book [b] 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) Gallery [circa 1968]
Lone Ranger 1970 15 issues (1 indexed) Have 10 (Need 5) 1970 - 1971
Mad 1959 290 issues (2 indexed) Have 146 (Need 157) [October 1959] - 1994 ?
Marked for Murder [m] 1965 8 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1965 - ?
Matt Slade Gunfighter 1957 5 issues (4 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) 1957 - 1957
Merry Tales 1970 4 issues (0 indexed) Add 1970 - 1970
Metal Men Annual [b] 1967 1 issues (0 indexed) Have 1 (Need 1) 1967
Mike Shayne Private Eye [m] 1962 3 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1962 - ?
Miracle Man 1965 13 issues (4 indexed) Gallery 1965 - ?

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