Centaur

1938 - 1942
Country:
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:
5
Brand Groups:
1
Brand Emblems in Use:
1

Total Number of Series:
35
Total Number of Issues:
233
Show covers by month:
using on-sale date or using publication date

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/
Series Year # Issues Covers Published
Amazing Adventure Funnies 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery June 1940 - September 1940
Amazing Man Comics 1939 22 issues (22 indexed) Gallery September 1939 - January 1942
Amazing Mystery Funnies 1938 24 issues (24 indexed) Gallery August 1938 - September 1940
The Arrow 1940 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery October 1940 - October 1941
C-M-O Comics 1942 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery 1942 - 1942
Cheers 1942 13 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 12) 1942 - 1944 ?
Comic Pages 1939 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery July 1939 - December 1939
Cowboy Comics 1938 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery July 1938 - August 1938
Detective Eye 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery November 1940 - December 1940
Fantoman 1940 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery August 1940 - December 1940
Funny Pages 1938 26 issues (26 indexed) Gallery March 1938 - October 1940
Funny Picture Stories 1938 9 issues (9 indexed) Gallery March 1938 - May 1939
Funny Picture Stories [Laundromat Giveaway] 1938 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery [April 1938]
Jeeps! 1942 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery February 1942
Keen Detective Funnies 1938 24 issues (24 indexed) Have 24 (Need 1) July 1938 - September 1940
Keen Komics 1939 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery May 1939 - November 1939
Keep 'Em Laughing! 1942 13 issues (0 indexed) Have 10 (Need 4) July-August 1942 - Spring 1946
Khaki Komics 1941 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1941
Khaki Wacky 1941 7 issues (0 indexed) Have 4 (Need 6) December 1941 - August 1942
Liberty Guards Comics 1942 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery circa 1942
Liberty Scouts Comics 1941 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery June 1941 - August 1941
Little Giant Comics 1938 4 issues (2 indexed) Gallery July 1938 - February 1939
Little Giant Detective Funnies 1938 2 issues (0 indexed) Gallery October 1938 - January 1939
Little Giant Movie Funnies 1938 2 issues (0 indexed) Have 2 (Need 1) August 1938 - October 1938
Man of War Comics 1941 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery November 1941 - January 1942
Masked Marvel 1940 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery September 1940 - December 1940
Star Comics 1938 14 issues (14 indexed) Have 14 (Need 1) March 1938 - August 1939
Star Ranger 1938 3 issues (3 indexed) Gallery March 1938 - May 1938
Star Ranger Funnies 1938 6 issues (6 indexed) Gallery October 1938 - October 1939
Stars and Stripes Comics 1941 5 issues (5 indexed) Have 5 (Need 1) May 1941 - December 1941
Super Spy 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery October 1940 - November 1940
Uncle Joe's Funnies 1938 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery 1938
Wham Comics 1940 2 issues (2 indexed) Gallery November 1940 - December 1940
What's Cookin'! 1942 13 issues (0 indexed) Have 7 (Need 6) October 1942 - Spring 1946
World Famous Heroes Magazine 1941 4 issues (3 indexed) Gallery October 1941 - April 1942
Yoo Hoo! 1942 6 issues (0 indexed) Have 3 (Need 5) November 1941 - April 1946