Thorpe & Porter

Australian variants

To paint a broad picture of Australian comics history, AusReprints includes many comics published in the UK for Australians. One company in particular printed some separate editions with Australian pricing and advertising on the covers: the publishers of Classics Illustrated (distributed by Ayers & James) in 1950s and 1960s, and Tarzan and Korak comics in the 1970s.

The company is generally known as Thorpe & Porter or Top Sellers (common names on the comics), but it includes a cluster of publishers that ultimately became part of Time-Warner, the modern owner of DC Comics.

Trade names in this group include Arnold Book Co.; BrownWatson; General Book Distributors; Hermitage Publications; Jenson Book Co.; Portman Distribution; Strato Publications Ltd.; Thorpe & Porter (Sales) Ltd.; Thorpe & Porter, Ltd.; Top Sellers Ltd.; and Williams Publishing and Distributing Co. Ltd. Some started as separate companies, while others are imprints established to differentiate product lines. Portman Distribution is reported to have been sold to Gold Star.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
United Kingdom Strato Publications Ltd.
195-? – 1965
6 (6 comics) 253 (253 comics) 3.2 % (8 of 253) 83.8 % (212 of 253)
United Kingdom Thorpe & Porter (Sales) Ltd
195-? – 1965
4 (4 comics) 207 (207 comics) 8.2 % (17 of 207) 30.0 % (62 of 207)
United Kingdom Thorpe & Porter, Ltd
?
1 (1 comic) 34 (34 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 34) 76.5 % (26 of 34)
United Kingdom Top Sellers Ltd
1964? – 1975?
16 (16 comics) 908 (908 comics) 1.1 % (10 of 908) 23.2 % (211 of 908)
United Kingdom Williams Publishing and Distributing Co. Ltd.
1968? – 1973?
3 (3 comics) 111 (111 comics) 3.6 % (4 of 111) 80.2 % (89 of 111)
United Kingdom Williams Publishing Ltd.
1971? – 1977?
3 (3 comics) 10 (10 comics) 50.0 % (5 of 10) 90.0 % (9 of 10)