TOBY PRESS was an American comic-book company that published from 1949 to 1955. Founded by Elliott Caplin , brother of cartoonist Al Capp and himself an established comic strip writer, the company published reprints of Capp's Li\'l Abner strip; licensed-character comics starring such film and animated cartoon properties as John Wayne and Felix the Cat ; and original conceptions, including romance , war , Western , and adventure comics. Some of its comics were published under the imprint Minoan. Some covers bore the logo ANC, standing for American News Company , at the time the country's largest newsstand distributor.
It is unrelated to the book publisher Toby Press, acquired by Amazon.com in 2010.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Minoan
* 2 Titles published
* 2.1 Toby Press * 2.2 Minoan Publishing
* 3 References
Elliott Caplin entered the comic-book field as editor of True Comics
for the Parents Magazine Institute. Some years later, he founded Toby
Press with reprints of his brother
Toby's next series was
In its brief existence,
Toby Press published in a wide variety of
genres, including funny animal , with the 42-issue Felix the Cat
(1951–June 1955, taking over the numbering from the Dell Comics
series), which spawned spin-offs including
Felix the Cat 3D Comic Book
(1953); Western, with the likes of
Toby went out of business in 1955, a victim of the anti-comics
sentiment stirred in that era by Dr.
Fredric Wertham 's book Seduction
of the Innocent and the
Under the imprint Minoan, which featured a
Minotaur head as the
Toby Press published Dr. Anthony King,
* A-Laff-A-Minnit #1-2 (1953?-1954?) / A-Laugh-A-Minnit #3-14
(1954?-1956). Issues #15-16 under Minoan.
* Al Capp's
Dogpatch Comics, issue #71 (June 1949), followed by
#2–3 (Aug. & Dec. 1949) Comic-strip reprints. One source gives a
fourth issue, contents unknown.
* Al Capp's Li'l Abner, issues #70–97 (May 1949 – Jan. 1955)
Comic-strip reprints. Numbering continued from Harvey Publications '
* Al Capp's Daisy Mae in Ham Sangwidges also Cousin Weakeyes
* Al Capp's
* A-Laugh-A-Minnit #15-16 (1956). Issues #1-4 under Toby, above.
* Dr. Anthony King,
* ^ Andriani, Lynn (November 18, 2010). "Amazon Acquires Toby Press Titles". Publishers Weekly . Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2011. * ^ Benton, Mike. The Comic Book in America: An Illustrated History (Taylor Publishing Company : Dallas, Texas 1989) p.148. ISBN 0-87833-659-1 * ^ A B Li\'l Abner (Harvey, 1947 series) at the Grand Comics Database . Harvey had published issues #61–69 (Dec. 1947 – Feb. 1949). * ^ A B C D E F Toby Press at the Grand Comics Database * ^ Captain Tootsie at Don Markstein\'s Toonopedia . Archived from the original November 15, 2011. * ^ Aydin, Andrew. "The comic book that changed the world: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story\'s vital role in the Civil Rights Movement," Creative Loafing (Aug. 1, 2013). * ^ The Grand Comics Database notes, "Overstreet and Gerber list 8–11, but there is no evidence that they exist." * ^ The Grand Comics Database lists as "Minoan from 4–6 at least", but its cover scans show the Minotaur logo on all issues but #1 * ^ Toby : Toby Press, Inc. (Indicia / Colophon Publisher) at the Grand Comics Database * ^ As per cover logo. Listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title Al Capp's Dogpatch. * ^ Overstreet, Robert M., ed. (2007). Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (37th Edition). House of Collectibles / Random House . p. 408. ISBN 978-0-375-72108-3 . CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link ) * ^ As per cover logo. Listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title Li'l Abner. * ^ As per cover logo. Listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title The Big Top. * ^ Per Grand Comics Database, "Also published in US Navy recruiting version without Toby logo or indicia, and with US Navy recruitment ads." * ^ As per cover logo. Listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title Felix the Cat 3-D Comic Book. * ^ As per cover logo. First two issues listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title Felix and His Friends. * ^ As per cover logo. Listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title Johnny Danger. * ^ Per Grand Comics Database, "Overstreet and Gerber list 8-11, but there is no evidence that they exist." * ^ As per cover logo. Listed in the Grand Comics Database under copyright-indicia title Super-Brat. * ^ Toby : Minoan Publishing Corp. (Indicia / Colophon Publisher) at the Grand Comics Database
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