KG Murray

Introducing the K.G. Murray Publishing Company

From 1946 until 1983, the K.G. Murray Publishing Company produced comics under a range of imprints—Climax Comics, Blue Star, Colour Comics, Planet Comics and finally Murray Comics.

While most of these were DC reprints, some included original Australian work and reprints from such diverse publishers as ACG, Charlton, Avalon, Novelty Press, Quality, Comic Media, Ziff-Davis, St. John, Ajax-Farrell, Fiction House and Atlas/Marvel. From the late 1960s, some series included translated comics, particularly from Spain's Selecciones Ilustradas agency.

Young advertising man Kenneth G Murray began publishing the 100-page Man Magazine in December 1936. Despite industry scepticism at the 2/- price and format, it launched a successful publishing empire. Murray added comics to the line in 1946 and soon exprimented with full colour content in Climax All Color Comic. The format was costly, but it established KG Murray and put pressure on its competitors.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
Australia Adam Magazine Pty. Ltd.
1947 – 1974
5 (1 comic) 337 (3 comics) 0.3 % (1 of 337) 25.2 % (85 of 337)
Australia Australian House and Garden Magazine Pty. Ltd.
?
3 (No comics) 201 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 201) 15.4 % (31 of 201)
Australia Cavalcade Magazine Pty Ltd
1970? – 1975?
9 (No comics) 187 (8 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 187) 29.4 % (55 of 187)
Australia Color Comics Pty. Ltd.
1949?
17 (17 comics) 85 (85 comics) 52.9 % (45 of 85) 95.3 % (81 of 85)
Australia Colour Comics Pty. Ltd.
1948 – 1973
105 (104 comics) 3431 (3429 comics) 48.6 % (1666 of 3431) 77.7 % (2666 of 3431)
Australia Country Magazine Pty Ltd
1955? – 1974?
2 (No comics) 10 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 10) 70.0 % (7 of 10)
Australia Fashion Publications Pty. Ltd.
?
6 (No comics) 9 (No comics) 0.0 % (0 of 9) 44.4 % (4 of 9)
Australia K. G. Murray
1950?
5 (4 comics) 22 (19 comics) 4.5 % (1 of 22) 90.9 % (20 of 22)
Australia K. G. Murray Publishing Company
1947? – 1949?
10 (9 comics) 95 (27 comics) 24.2 % (23 of 95) 54.7 % (52 of 95)
Australia KG Murray
1900? – 1982?
68 (61 comics) 245 (207 comics) 59.2 % (145 of 245) 81.2 % (199 of 245)