The Public Domain Characters wiki last edited by cbishop on 02/04/16 10:25PM View full history

History

After the success of Superman and Batman in 1938, dozens of new publishers sprang up and unleashed hundreds of new super heroes on the comic readers of the Golden Age. After the end of World War II, however, super heroes fell out of favor with readers. As quickly as they had arrived, the majority of these heroes and their publishers disappeared. Copyrights were not protected as adamantly in those days, and many of these characters and their adventures have since fallen into the Public Domain.

This allows any publisher or creator to use the characters and the original Golden Age material any way they wish. AC Comics was one of the first publishers to capitalize on this, by both reprinting Golden Age classics and incorporating these "forgotten" heroes into their new material as well. Other publishers have also taken to the idea and have created new universes featuring these characters, sometimes focusing on the characters of only one company, and other times picking the best characters from several companies.

Publishers represented in this list Include:

  • Ace
  • American Comic Group/ACG
  • Ajax-Farrell
  • Avon Comics/Realistic
  • Better/Nedor/Standard/Pines Publications
  • Biro Publishing/Lev Gleason/Comic House
  • Centaur Publishing
  • Charlton Comics (some titles are not PD)
  • Columbia Comics
  • Comic Media
  • Comics Magazine Company Inc
  • Croydon Publishing/Rural Home/Enwil Associates/REWL Publications
  • D.S. Publishing/D.X. Publishing/P.L. Publishing (Canada)/FAST FICTION/U.S. Publishing
  • Fawcett Comics
  • Fox Feature Syndicate
  • Fiction House
  • Gilberton Publications/Elliot
  • Harry "A" Chesler/Dynamic/Home Guide Publications/Magazine Press
  • Harvey Comics
  • Hillman Periodicals
  • Holyoke Publishing Company/Et-Es-Go Mags/Continental Magazines/HELNIT Publishing Co/TEM Publishing
  • Key Publications/Timor Publications/Gillmor Magazines/Stanley P. Morse/Aragon Magazines/Medal Comics/Stanmor Publications
  • Magazine Enterprises (M.E.)
  • MLJ
  • Novelty Publications
  • Parents Magazine Institute
  • Prize Publications/Crestwood Publications/Feature Publications/Headline
  • Quality Comics
  • Spark Publications
  • St. John Publishing
  • Stanhall Publications
  • Star Publications/Accepted Publications
  • Sterling Comics
  • Story/Merit/Master
  • Superior Comics (Canadian)
  • Timor Publishing Company
  • Toby Press/Minoan
  • Trojan Magazines
  • Youthful Magazines
  • Ziff-Davis

Public Domain Based Universes

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  • 13 (Lev Gleason)
  • 711 (Quality)

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