1942 - 1948
United States
Indicia / Colophon Publishers:

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Holyoke was originally a printer, and was owned by Sherman Bowles. It became a publisher by taking over both titles published by Frank Z. Temerson's Helnit Publishing Co. Helnit's editorial staff (most notably principal artist Charles Quinlan) came with the titles and continued to produce both books. Slightly later, Holyoke also acquired Blue Beetle from the now-defunct Fox Publications and continued it with slightly different contents, some produced by the editorial staff inherited from Helnit.

Holyoke lost the Helnit books after cover date January 1943. Temerson would resume publishing them himself several months later. They retained Blue Beetle until 1944, at which point Victor Fox regained control of Blue Beetle through court action. Holyoke essentially relaunched the series two months later as Sparkling Stars, consisting of Blue Beetle's backup features which had never been published by Fox.

The so-called "Holyoke One-Shots" are included here mostly by convention. They are really repackaging of early Temerson material (from Helnit, Tem and possibly other companies). They have absolutely no title, printing, publication or copyright information printed on them, and may well have been produced by someone other than either Temerson or Holyoke. However, Mike Tiefenbacher pinned the name on them several decades ago and it has stuck. The two "Veri Best" titles are also unconfirmed as Holyoke, but at least one of them seems to reprint Holyoke material.

Site visitors may also want to look at the publisher entry for Temerson / Helnit / Continental, which goes into more detail about those companies and several others that were or were thought to be related to Temerson and Holyoke:


This essay built on research by Frank Motler, Bob Hughes, Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., Hames Ware, Henry Andrews and other GCD and Digital Comic Museum contributors.
Series Year # Issues Covers Published
Blue Beetle [m] 1942 19 issues (19 indexed) Gallery June 1942 - February 1944
The Blue Streak Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Captain Aero Comics 1942 9 issues (9 indexed) Gallery February 1942 - January 1943
Captain Fearless Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Captain Stone Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944] or [1945]?
Cat-Man Comics 1942 12 issues (12 indexed) Gallery January 1942 - January 1943
Citizen Smith Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Corporal Rusty Dugan Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Grit Grady Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Miss Victory [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Mr. Miracle Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Real Hit Comics 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Secret Agent Z-2 Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Sparkling Stars 1944 32 issues (32 indexed) Gallery June 1944 - March 1948
U.S. Border Patrol Comics [m] 1944 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [1944]
Veri Best Sure Fire Comics 1943 1 issues (1 indexed) Gallery [circa 1943]
Veri Best Sure Shot Comics 1945 1 issues (0 indexed) Gallery 1945?
[Holyoke One-Shot] 1944 0 issues (0 indexed) No Covers 1944