Magazine Management

Introducing Ayers & James

The Australian run of Classics Illustrated, commencing in 1947, is Ayers & James most enduring and famous comics legacy, although the company is responsible for thousands of comics from the 1940s until the 1970s.

Most of its publishing output is unrecognised today, disguised behind diverse trading names or successors—such as Red Circle Press, Illustrated Publications, Approved Publications and others.

Ayers & James only gradually transitioned into comics publishing. The company was founded some time before 1916, operating initially as an importer of diverse consumer products from the United States.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
Australia American Medical Publications
1956? – 1957?
1 (No comics) 7 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 7) 0.0 % (0 of 7)
Australia Approved Publications
1953? – 1958?
24 (24 comics) 238 (238 comics) 5.0 % (12 of 238) 38.2 % (91 of 238)
Australia Ayers & James
1979?
5 (4 comics) 5 (4 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 5) 100.0 % (5 of 5)
Australia Ayers & James Pty. Ltd.
1920? – 1985?
92 (75 comics) 298 (275 comics) 9.1 % (27 of 298) 68.1 % (203 of 298)
Australia Ayers and James Pty. Ltd.
1920? – 1985?
9 (8 comics) 11 (9 comics) 27.3 % (3 of 11) 90.9 % (10 of 11)
Australia Barmor Publications Pty. Ltd.
1950? – 1978
31 (30 comics) 266 (262 comics) 11.3 % (30 of 266) 57.1 % (152 of 266)
Australia Barmour Publications Pty. Ltd.
1954?
3 (3 comics) 17 (17 comics) 11.8 % (2 of 17) 58.8 % (10 of 17)
Australia Cartoon Publications
1959?
4 (4 comics) 7 (7 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 7) 42.9 % (3 of 7)
Australia Champion Publications
1956?
2 (2 comics) 31 (31 comics) 6.5 % (2 of 31) 100.0 % (31 of 31)
Australia Commag Pty. Ltd.
1957? – 1961?
4 (2 comics) 11 (5 comics) 9.1 % (1 of 11) 18.2 % (2 of 11)