Curtis Circulation

Curtis Circulation Company, LLC (abbreviated as CC)[1], is a magazine distribution company.

Curtis Circulation Company
IndustryComics, magazines
New Milford, NJ
United States
Retail marketing
Publisher support services
ParentCurtis Publishing Company (1946–1969)
Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation/
Cadence Industries (1969–1986)
Hachette Distribution Services
Lagardere SCA


Curtis Circulation Company began as Philadelphia-based Curtis Publishing Company's circulation department, becoming a subsidiary in 1946.[2]

In 1968, Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation loaned $5 million to Curtis Publishing Company, publisher of The Saturday Evening Post, at the request of Curtis' primary loan holder, the First National Bank of Boston.[3] Despite attempts to revive the Post 's circulation, and with the lack of a purchaser, Curtis Publishing shut the magazine down in 1969.

In 1968, Perfect Film bought out publisher Martin Goodman—owner of Magazine Management Company, the parent of Marvel Comics and other ventures—and made Magazine Management the direct subsidiary. It placed the other corporations as subsidiaries of that.[4] Perfect Film purchased Curtis Circulation that same year from Curtis Publishing Company.[5] Beginning in 1969 (and lasting until 1994), Curtis became the distributor of Marvel Comics.[citation needed]

In 1973, Perfect Film renamed itself Cadence Industries.[4] When Cadence Industries was liquidated in 1986, it sold Curtis Circulation to Joseph M. Walsh and Hachette Distribution Services.[2]


  1. ^ "The 1957 Atlas Implosion's effect on Marvel's Silver Age" by Alex Grand
  2. ^ a b "Curtis Circulation Company, LLC: Private Company Information". Business Week. August 23, 2011. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Magazines: New Man for Curtis". Time. May 3, 1968. Archived from the original on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Nadel, Nick (August 31, 2009). "The Strange Business History of Marvel Comics". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  5. ^ Welles, Chris (February 10, 1969). "Post-Mortem". New York. pp. 32–36. Retrieved 5 August 2011.