Company & Sons
|Country of origin||U.S.A.|
|Headquarters location||San Francisco, California|
|Publication types||Comic books|
|Fiction genres||underground comix|
|Imprints||Cocoanut Comix (an imprint of the Air Pirates collective) Cloud Comix|
Creators associated with Company & Sons included Rory Hayes, Dan O'Neill, Charles Dallas, Vaughn Bodē, Bobby London, and Larry Todd. Company & Sons was the first publisher of the long-running anthology Young Lust.
In 1970 Company & Sons published Rory Hayes' Bogeyman Comics #3 (taking over from the San Francisco Comic Book Company), Wink Boyer's Buzzard, Boyer & Dave Geiser's Honky Tonk, and the anthology Hee Hee Comics (which was produced "in conjunction with The San Francisco Comic Book Co., Gary E. Arlington, prop.").
But the company hit pay dirt in October 1970 with Jay Kinney & Bill Griffith's Young Lust (which had been previously turned down by fellow San Francisco-based underground publishers Print Mint, Rip Off Press, and Last Gasp). The first printing of 10,000 copies sold out almost immediately, leading to more printings and more sales. Despite the first issue's success, however, Griffith and Kinney were dubious about Company & Son's accounting practices, so they brought issue #2 to Print Mint. (The bulk of Young Lust's run was ultimately published by Last Gasp.)
In 1972 the company published the All Duck anthology, Vaughn Bodē's The Collected Cheech Wizard, Bobby London's The Dirty Duck Book, editor Bill Surski's Drool Magazine anthology, the anthology Paranoia, and the first issue of Charles Dallas' Psychotic Adventures Illustrated (issues #2 [Oct. 1973] and #3 [June 1974] were picked up by Last Gasp).
In 1973 the company published Paul McKenna's Folk Funnies.
The company went out of business in 1973; reportedly, publisher Bagley claimed he had a fatal disease. The reality is that the company suffered from poor sales due to mediocre products.
Very little is documented about Bagley other than he was an avid collector of Classics Illustrated. He was seen in 2001 by Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner, where Bagley was making jewelry while based on a farm in Northern California.
- all one issue unless indicated otherwise
- All Duck (1972) — contributors include Tom Hatchman ("Mickey Pickles"), Peter Bramley, Joey Epstein ("Noah Escarole"), Jay Kinney, Ned Sonntag, Denny Hermanson, and Bill Skurks
- Bogeyman Comics #3 (1970) — contributors include Rory Hayes, Jack Jackson, Jay Lynch, Simon Deitch, Spain Rodriguez, Rick Griffin, Geoffrey Hayes, and Greg Irons
- Buzzard (1970)
- The Collected Cheech Wizard (1972) — first two printings by Company & Sons; 3rd printing by Print Mint
- Dan O'Neill's Comics and Stories (3 issues, 1971) — later picked up by Comics and Comix
- The Dirty Duck Book (March 1972)
- Drool Magazine (1972) — contributors include Bill Surski, Tom Hatchman ("Mary Pickles"), Gail Burden, Ralph T. Reese & Larry Hama, Jay Kinney, Peter Bramley, Stephen Barnett, Ned Sonntag, Joey Epstein, Larry Todd, and Chris Rush
- Folk Funnies (1973)
- Hee Hee Comics (1970) — contributors include Larry Rippee, Hector Tellez, D. Angstead, Tom Veitch & Rick Veitch, Leonard Rifas, Roger Wade Boyce, Casey, Al Devoren, and Ric Sloane
- Honky Tonk (1970) — contributors include Dave Geiser, Wink Boyer, and Diana
- Paranoia (1972) — 10,000 copies; contributors include Larry S. Todd, Charles Dallas, Sharon Goodyear, Robert Silverberg, Michael C. Smith, and Patricia Moodian
- Psychotic Adventures Illustrated #1 (1972) — 10,000 copies; contributors include Charles Dallas and Sharon Goodyear; title later continued by Last Gasp
- Tales of the Armorkins (Dec. 1971) — 20,000 copies
- Whizz Comix (1970)
- Young Lust #1 (Oct. 1970) — later issues picked up by the Print Mint
- Fox, M. Steven. "The Dirty Duck Book," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Bogeyman #3," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Buzzard," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- indicia, Hee Hee (Company & Sons, 1970).
- Griffith, Bill. "Thinking Inside the Box," Lost and Found: Comics 1969-2003 (Fantagraphics, 2012), p. viii.
- Rosenkranz, Patrick. Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution, 1963-1975 (Fantagraphics, 200), p. 153.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Psychotic Adventures Illustrated," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Levin, Bob.The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against The Underground (Fantagraphics, 2003), p. 50.
- Deitch. Kim. "A Lousy Week For Woods (Remembering Roger Brand)" (comments section), The Comics Journal website (Nov 5, 2011).
- Fox, M. Steven. "All Duck," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Collected Cheech Wizard," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Dan O'Neill's Comics and Stories Vol. 2 #1," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Drool," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Hee Hee Comix," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Honky Tonk," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Paranoia," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Psychotic Adventures Illustrated #1," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Fox, M. Steven. "Tales of the Amorkins," ComixJoint. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.
- Company & Sons entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Sept. 21, 2016.