L. Miller and son

March 13, 2008

From the late 1940s until around 1966 L. Miller and son published a variety of comics in the UK. Many of them were black and white reprints of Fawcett titles from the USA. The most well remembered today are their reprints of Captain Marvel comics. Throughout the 1950s there were many others like Flash Gordon and Robin Hood.

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Once National/DC had forced Fawcett to cease publishing the big red cheese, Len Miller and artist Mick Anglo decided to continue with a UK version of the superhero.With a few subtle changes of costume and identity, and a cry of “Kimota!” instead of “Shazam!” Marvelman was born. 

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Marvelman and the Marvelman family continued in new adventures until 1963. L. Miller and son comics folded in 1966 and their assets were aquired by Alan Class. Here is my copy of Mystic 30. Published in 1963 it seems to contain pre-code horror stories originally found in Fawcett’s “This magazine is Haunted” from the early 1950s. Although the cover seems to be a UK sourced, toned-down drawing, the interior contains some gruesome fare. Whilst in the States “Horror” comics in the early 1960s had been reduced to the likes of House of Mystery and Tales to Astonish, comic buyers in the UK were still being exposed to pre comics code material.

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But of course in a few years time there would be Warren’s Creepy and Eerie on the spinner racks.

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2 Responses to “L. Miller and son”

  1. Peter Coady Says:

    I have a fairly extensive (about 40 in total) collection of the L Miller horror titles: Mystic, Spellbound, Voodoo and Zombie. I should have more, but some copies have been lost. Len Miller issued these mags right up to 1969 or 1970 – until a court case ended his publishing career.
    later.
    The stories are all black and white reprints of American ‘pre-code’ horror comic strips. A lot of the stories are banal or predictable but some are really gripping.


  2. I’m pretty sure L.Miller Ltd closed down in 1966 when they stopped publishing their final two comics Spellbound and Mystic (with both having reached issue number 60something).Voodoo and Zombie were only published for a few issues each in the early 1960s. I’m not aware of any court case (apart from possibly bankruptcy hearings…)

    Of course it may have been possible to buy new-old stock for a few years after 1966. I personally bought some new 1963 Marvelmans (and 1964 FFs and Spideys) off a spinner rack in 1967. Unlike the UK weekly comics of the time unsold issues of those type of comics weren’t returned to be replaced by the following week’s issues…they just stayed in the shop until they finally sold…….


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