Columbia Comics

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Columbia Comics
Parent companyMcNaught Newspaper Syndicate
Statusdefunct, 1949
FounderVin Sullivan
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationNew York City
Key peopleCharles V. McAdam
Publication typesComic books
Nonfiction topicsMcNaught Syndicate and Frank Jay Markey Syndicate characters
Fiction genresSuperhero, adventure, humor

Columbia Comics Corporation was a comic book publisher active in the 1940s whose most well-known title was Big Shot Comics. Comics creators who worked for Columbia included Fred Guardineer, on Marvelo, the Monarch of Magicians; and Ogden Whitney and Gardner Fox on Skyman.[1]


Columbia Comics was formed in 1940 as a partnership between artist/editor Vin Sullivan, the McNaught Syndicate, and the Frank Jay Markey Syndicate[2] to publish comic books featuring reprints of such McNaught and Markey comic strips as Joe Palooka, Charlie Chan, and Sparky Watts, as well as original features. Other properties published by Eastern Color Printing are also transferred to Columbia Comics. Eastern appears to have subsequently retained a close relationship with Columbia,[citation needed] running advertisements for Columbia books in their own comic book titles.

Columbia Comics' first published title was the anthology title Big Shot Comics, the premiere of which introduced Skyman and The Face. Big Shot Comics would run for 104 issues until 1949, when Columbia went out of business. Other titles published by Columbia included spinoff series from Big Shot Comics featuring Skyman (four issues) and The Face.[3]

Charles V. McAdam, president of the McNaught Syndicate, was also publisher of Columbia Comics.[4]


  • Big Shot Comics (104 issues, 1940–1949)
  • Dixie Dugan (13 issues, July 1942–1949) — McNaught Syndicate strip
  • The Face (2 issues, 1941–1942)
  • Joe Palooka (4 issues, 1942–1944) — McNaught Syndicate strip
  • Ken Stuart (1 issue, 1948) — Markey Syndicate strip by Frank Borth
  • Mickey Finn (12 issues, [February] 1944–1949) — McNaught Syndicate strip
  • Skyman (4 issues, 1941, 1942, 1947, and 1948)
  • Sparky Watts (10 issues, 1942–1949) — Markey Syndicate strip by Boody Rogers
  • Tony Trent (2 issues, 1948)


  1. ^ Skyman at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved on 2007-11-19.
  2. ^ Booker, M. Keith, editor. "Big Shot Comics," in Comics Through Time: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (ABC-CLIO, 2014), p. 36.
  3. ^ Columbia Comics at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ "Who's Who Among Leading U.S. Syndicate Executives," Editor & Publisher (September 7, 1946). Archived at Stripper's Guide.

External links[edit]