The Meteor Publications and Publicity Co. Pty. Ltd.

The Meteor Publications and Publicity Co. Pty. Ltd. is the publisher name printed on these comics. Other series associated with this publisher might have a variation or an unexpected publisher name printed in the comic.

Details

Country
Australia
Locations

Room 6, 3rd Floor, 195 Elizabeth Street (1946-1947)

52 Pitt Street, Sydney (1947-1948)

394A Sussex Street, Sydney (1947?)

Operated
1947 – 1951
Comics
1947 – 1949
Group
Various

Notes

Meteor is a short lived publisher known mainly for introducing Australia's first comic focused on the theme of radio, based on the British Radio Fun. It included features by radio personalities of the day. John Ryan concludes that "the comics... were among the poorest published in this country" (p. 196 Panel by Panel).

From 6 November 1946 for at least two months, Meteor Publications advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald for experienced advertising-space salesmen. On several occasions from 28 August 1947 it advertised "An Art Studio requires Senior and Junior Artists. Call with samples. Excel. prospects suitable girl. Mr. Bradford, Meteor Publications, 52 Pitt Street." An ad for a typist gave the contact as Mr Bookes at 195 Elizabeth Street (SMH 22 April 1947, and other dates).

The company's first Annual Return dated 22 July 1948 list the Directors as Noel Peisley Bookes (Business Broker, 28 Jersey St, Enfield), Raymond Cecil Bain (Business Broker, 26 Castle St, Randwick), Wallace Edward Neader (Publisher, 36 Kings Cross Rd, Kings Cross), Frank William Cossey (Publisher, 22 Taleeban Rd, Lane Cover) and Royce Oliver Summerfield (Accountant, 36 Holmwood Ave, enfield).

The company was responsible for the Meteor College of Radio and Meteor College of Art, 52 Pitt Street, which were promoted in its comics.

The company effectively ceased to operate around 1950 and was wound up. On 12 September 1951, Henry Charles Pymley notified that he was ceasing to act as receiver. In 1953, the NSW Government Gazette notified that 'Meteor Publications and Publicity Company Proprietary Limited' was to be struck off the register of companies and dissolved (#168 25 September 1953).

Books and series

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  Title Published % with index % with cover
Australia The Adventures of Captain Havoc and The Phantom Knight (Meteor, 1947 series)
Comic series
#4 (1947) to #10 (1948) 0.0 % (0 of 8) 75.0 % (6 of 8)
Australia Film Comic (Meteor, 1949 series)
Comic series
#4 (1949) to #6 (1949) 33.3 % (1 of 3) 100.0 % (3 of 3)
Australia The Phantom Knight (Meteor, 1947 series)
Comic series
#1 (1947) to #3 (1947) 0.0 % (0 of 2) 100.0 % (2 of 2)
Australia Radio Comic Annual (Meteor, 1949)
Comic
([1949]) 0.0 % (0 of 1) 100.0 % (1 of 1)
Australia Radio Comic (Meteor, 1947 series)
Comic series
v1#1 (1947) to #19 (1949) 0.0 % (0 of 19) 63.2 % (12 of 19)