Today's artifact is a 4 page trade publication for the newsstand magazine trade. I don't know exactly when it came out, probably in the first quarter of 1949, but it provides circulation numbers for comic books and magazines that were on the newsstand from July-December 1947 & 1948.
There is so much here to explain that I'm going to save the actual numbers until another post. To be able to understand what the numbers mean, you need to understand how circulation figures were obtained.
Comic books at this time sold their advertising in blocks (Groups) of comic books, not by individual title or issue. Since they were "all sold to kids" there wasn't a need to differentiate at this time. Other types of magazines like fiction mags and men's mags also did this.
The comic book publisher groups reported in this issue of Box Score were:
- National Comics Group (DC)
- Marvel Comic Group
- Fawcett Comics Group
- Quality Comic Group
- The Thrilling Comics Group (Standard/Better)
- Lev Gleason Comic Group
- Harvey Comics Group
- Archie Comic Group
- American Comic Group (ACG)
- Hillman Comic Group
- United Feature Comic Group
- The Premium Group of Comics (Novelty)
- Famous Funnies-New Heroic Comics
This list is arranged in order of total circulation for the last half of 1948, with National at the top. Names in parentheses are more common fan names of the companies. These are the top 13 companies, but note the absence of one sure top company (Dell Comics) and others like David McKay, Fox, and Fiction House. You can see this is not a complete list.
More details and numbers in later post.