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15th May '13 5:21:44 PM MarkLungo
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Gold Key Comics began in 1962, although the history extends back further. Western Publishing and Lithography had published some comics under the Whitman imprint in the 1930s, then in 1935 Dell Publishing contracted and distributed comics from Western as Creator/DellComics. This ended in 1962, an event known as "the divorce", when Dell and Western went their separate ways.

Ownership of most of the original titles, as well as most of the licensing agreements, were with Western and not Dell, so Western created the Gold Key imprint and continued publishing its own comics.

Gold Key's comics always stood out from their competitors on the stand due to the frequent use of painted covers. The cover art was usually reproduced in "pin-up" style (i.e., without logos and cover text) on the back cover.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Whitman imprint began appearing on Gold Key titles, and the company stopped publishing in the 1980s.

[[CanonInvasion Several of Gold Key's original properties (Dr. Solar, Magnus and Turok) were sold to]] ValiantComics in the 1990s, and have more recently reappeared in Creator/DarkHorseComics.

!!Gold Key comics with their own trope pages include:
* ''DoctorSolar''
* ''ComicBook/JetDream''
* ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter''
* ''ComicBook/{{Turok}}''

!!Other Gold Key comics provide examples of:
* CanonWelding: Despite ExecutiveMeddling, Don Glut managed to tie together [[http://www.comics.org/series/2140/ Doctor Spektor]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/2072/ Dagar]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/1529/ Doctor Solar]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/2279/ Tragg]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/1820/ The Owl]] and probably others
* ComicBookAdaptation: Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these. If you think Creator/DarkHorseComics publishes a lot of licensed titles today, you haven't looked at Gold Key's line:
** ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''TheManFromUNCLE'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Star Trek'' comics have been collected in a trade paperback.
** Gold Key's ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Space Family Robinson'' (aka ''Lost In Space: Space Family Robinson'') was ''TheSwissFamilyRobinson'' in space!
* StatusQuoIsGod: Most of their comics, although a few comics in the 1970s managed to avert it.
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Gold Key Comics began in 1962, although the history extends back further. Western Publishing and Lithography had published some comics under the Whitman imprint in the 1930s, then in 1935 Dell Publishing contracted and distributed comics from Western as Creator/DellComics. This ended in 1962, an event known as "the divorce", when Dell and Western went their separate ways.

Ownership of most of the original titles, as well as most of the licensing agreements, were with Western and not Dell, so Western created the Gold Key imprint and continued publishing its own comics.

Gold Key's comics always stood out from their competitors on the stand due to the frequent use of painted covers. The cover art was usually reproduced in "pin-up" style (i.e., without logos and cover text) on the back cover.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Whitman imprint began appearing on Gold Key titles, and the company stopped publishing in the 1980s.

[[CanonInvasion Several of Gold Key's original properties (Dr. Solar, Magnus and Turok) were sold to]] ValiantComics in the 1990s, and have more recently reappeared in Creator/DarkHorseComics.

!!Gold Key comics with their own trope pages include:
* ''DoctorSolar''
* ''ComicBook/JetDream''
* ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter''
* ''ComicBook/{{Turok}}''

!!Other Gold Key comics provide examples of:
* CanonWelding: Despite ExecutiveMeddling, Don Glut managed to tie together [[http://www.comics.org/series/2140/ Doctor Spektor]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/2072/ Dagar]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/1529/ Doctor Solar]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/2279/ Tragg]], [[http://www.comics.org/series/1820/ The Owl]] and probably others
* ComicBookAdaptation: Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these. If you think Creator/DarkHorseComics publishes a lot of licensed titles today, you haven't looked at Gold Key's line:
** ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''TheManFromUNCLE'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Star Trek'' comics have been collected in a trade paperback.
** Gold Key's ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Space Family Robinson'' (aka ''Lost In Space: Space Family Robinson'') was ''TheSwissFamilyRobinson'' in space!
* StatusQuoIsGod: Most of their comics, although a few comics in the 1970s managed to avert it.
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9th Mar '13 4:02:26 PM JIKTV
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Gold Key Comics began in 1962, although the history extends back further. Western Publishing and Lithography had published some comics under the Whitman imprint in the 1930s, then in 1935 Dell Publishing contracted and distributed comics from Western as DellComics. This ended in 1962, an event known as "the divorce", when Dell and Western went their separate ways.

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Gold Key Comics began in 1962, although the history extends back further. Western Publishing and Lithography had published some comics under the Whitman imprint in the 1930s, then in 1935 Dell Publishing contracted and distributed comics from Western as DellComics.Creator/DellComics. This ended in 1962, an event known as "the divorce", when Dell and Western went their separate ways.
30th Sep '12 5:43:17 AM Korodzik
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** Gold Key's ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros.

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** Gold Key's ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the DisneyDucksComicUniverse ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros.
4th Sep '12 5:51:27 AM SuperScrounge
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** ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'', ''TheManFromUNCLE'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Star Trek'' comics have been collected in a trade paperback.

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** ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'', ''TheManFromUNCLE'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Star Trek'' comics have been collected in a trade paperback.
22nd Jul '12 10:00:27 AM suedenim
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Gold Key's comics always stood out from their competitors on the stand due to the frequent use of painted covers. The cover art was usually reproduced in "pin-up" style (i.e., without logos and cover text) on the back cover.
22nd Jul '12 8:03:15 AM FELH2
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** Gold Key's ''LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros.

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** Gold Key's ''LooneyTunes'' ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros.
16th Jul '12 12:11:25 AM FELH2
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[[CanonInvasion Several of Gold Key's original properties (Dr. Solar, Magnus and Turok) were sold to]] ValiantComics in the 1990s, and have more recently reappeared in DarkHorseComics.

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[[CanonInvasion Several of Gold Key's original properties (Dr. Solar, Magnus and Turok) were sold to]] ValiantComics in the 1990s, and have more recently reappeared in DarkHorseComics.
Creator/DarkHorseComics.



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* ''{{ComicBook/Turok}}''
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* ComicBookAdaptation: Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these. If you think DarkHorseComics publishes a lot of licensed titles today, you haven't looked at Gold Key's line:

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* ComicBookAdaptation: Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these. If you think DarkHorseComics Creator/DarkHorseComics publishes a lot of licensed titles today, you haven't looked at Gold Key's line:
7th Jul '12 8:40:34 PM suedenim
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* ComicBookAdaptation: Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these, to the point that they could be considered the DarkHorseComics of their era. ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''LooneyTunes'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Star Trek'' ones were recently anthologized in a trade paperback, and the ''Looney Tunes'' ones occasionally appear anthologized together with [[DCComics DC's]] Looney Tunes comics.
** LooneyTunes: Gold Key's ''Looney Tunes'' comics ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the ScroogeMcDuckUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros

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* ComicBookAdaptation: Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these, to the point that they could be considered the these. If you think DarkHorseComics publishes a lot of their era. licensed titles today, you haven't looked at Gold Key's line:
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''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''LooneyTunes'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'', ''TheManFromUNCLE'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Star Trek'' ones were recently anthologized comics have been collected in a trade paperback, and the ''Looney Tunes'' ones occasionally appear anthologized together with [[DCComics DC's]] Looney Tunes comics.
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** LooneyTunes: Gold Key's ''Looney Tunes'' ''LooneyTunes'' comics deserve special mention. They ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the ScroogeMcDuckUniverse DisneyDucksComicUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by WarnerBros WarnerBros.
7th Jun '12 8:44:15 AM CorahsUncle
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GoldKeyComics began in 1962, although the history extends back further. Western Publishing and Lithography had published some comics under the Whitman imprint in the 1930s, then in 1935 Dell Publishing contracted and distributed comics from Western as DellComics. This ended in 1962, an event known as "the divorce", when Dell and Western went their separate ways.

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\nGoldKeyComics Gold Key Comics began in 1962, although the history extends back further. Western Publishing and Lithography had published some comics under the Whitman imprint in the 1930s, then in 1935 Dell Publishing contracted and distributed comics from Western as DellComics. This ended in 1962, an event known as "the divorce", when Dell and Western went their separate ways.



[[CanonInvasion Several of Gold Key's original properties (Dr. Solar, Magnus, and Turok) were sold to]] ValiantComics in the 1990s, and have more recently reappeared in DarkHorseComics.

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[[CanonInvasion Several of Gold Key's original properties (Dr. Solar, Magnus, Magnus and Turok) were sold to]] ValiantComics in the 1990s, and have more recently reappeared in DarkHorseComics.









* ComicBookAdaptation: They published a ''lot'' of these, to the point that they could be considered the DarkHorseComics of their era. ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''LooneyTunes'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'' and on and on. The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ones were recently anthologized in a trade paperback, and the LooneyTunes ones occasionally appear anthologized together with [[DCComics DC's]] Looney Tunes comics.
** LooneyTunes: Gold Key's LooneyTunes comics ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like [[BugsBunny Bugs's]] girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's three sons, and Sniffles's human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular castmember in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the ScroogeMcDuckUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key / Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by [[WarnerBrothers Warner Brothers.]]

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* ComicBookAdaptation: They Gold Key published a ''lot'' of these, to the point that they could be considered the DarkHorseComics of their era. ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''LooneyTunes'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'' ''{{Reptilicus}}'', most of the HannaBarbera properties, and on and on. The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ''Star Trek'' ones were recently anthologized in a trade paperback, and the LooneyTunes ''Looney Tunes'' ones occasionally appear anthologized together with [[DCComics DC's]] Looney Tunes comics.
** LooneyTunes: Gold Key's LooneyTunes ''Looney Tunes'' comics ran for decades and built up an ExpandedUniverse, complete with original characters like [[BugsBunny Bugs's]] BugsBunny's girlfriend Honey Bunny, Porky's nephew Cicero, the Road Runner's wife and three sons, and Sniffles's Sniffles' human friend Mary Jane. The comics are also the only reason anyone is familiar with Petunia Pig, who was a regular castmember cast member in print, but who only appeared in a small handful of early cartoons. The Bugs Bunny newspaper strip and all Looney Tunes books and merchandise of those years featured these characters prominently, and any fan of that period would be likely to recognize them. The stories' style arguably bore more resemblance to the ScroogeMcDuckUniverse than to the faster-paced Warner animated shorts (and Whitman did publish Duck comics for Disney). Since Gold Key / Whitman Key/Whitman went under, though, this version of the characters and their world seems to have been completely forgotten by [[WarnerBrothers Warner Brothers.]] WarnerBros



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7th Jun '12 8:37:36 AM nombretomado
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* ComicBookAdaptation: They published a ''lot'' of these, to the point that they could be considered the DarkHorseComics of their era. ''StarTrek'', ''LooneyTunes'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'' and on and on. The ''StarTrek'' ones were recently anthologized in a trade paperback, and the LooneyTunes ones occasionally appear anthologized together with [[DCComics DC's]] Looney Tunes comics.

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* ComicBookAdaptation: They published a ''lot'' of these, to the point that they could be considered the DarkHorseComics of their era. ''StarTrek'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''LooneyTunes'', ''MickeyMouse'', ''TheTwilightZone'', ''BattleOfThePlanets'', ''BuckRogers'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''{{Reptilicus}}'' and on and on. The ''StarTrek'' ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ones were recently anthologized in a trade paperback, and the LooneyTunes ones occasionally appear anthologized together with [[DCComics DC's]] Looney Tunes comics.
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