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 associated with thousands of comics from the 1940s until the 1970s.

Most of this publishing output is disguised behind diverse trading names or successors—such as Red Circle Press, Illustrated Publications, Approved Publications and others—all associated with the later Magazine Management company.

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) 38.7 % (92 of 238)
Australia Ayers & James
1979?
7 (4 comics) 7 (6 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 7) 100.0 % (7 of 7)
Australia Barmor Publications Pty. Ltd.
1950? – 1978
32 (31 comics) 273 (269 comics) 11.4 % (31 of 273) 56.0 % (153 of 273)
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)
Australia Commag Publications
?
2 (No comics) 37 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 37) 0.0 % (0 of 37)
Australia Compact Publications
?
1 (No comics) 6 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 6) 16.7 % (1 of 6)