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Jim Galton

James E. Galton (November 1, 1924 – June 12, 2017) was an American business executive who was the president of Marvel Entertainment Group.[2][3]

Jim Galton
Born (1924-11-01)November 1, 1924
Lawrence, New York, U.S.
Died June 12, 2017(2017-06-12) (aged 92)
Naples, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater Antioch College
Occupation publishing
Years active 1978–2017
Known for MEG President
Spouse(s) Lydia Galton
Children 4[1]


Galton grew up on Long Island in the 1930s. He attended Antioch College with a work study program to help pay for college. Initially a sociology major, he soon changed his major to business.[2] He graduated in 1946. He married Lydia about 1967.[1]


After graduating, Galton accept an accountant position where he worked for four years. He then when to an advertising agency then to a magazine publisher, moving up the ladder.[2] Galton eventually ended up at a paperback publisher, Popular Library Books.[4] He was executive vice president when CBS purchased the company. He soon became president in 1968 only to be fired by new CBS leadership over his editorial based book manuscript selection method.[2]

Galton then was hired by Cadence Industries as Marvel Comics Group president in 1975.[5] He moved licensing in house starting with international in 1978 then domestic in 1981. He also moved the company more into animation with Marvel Productions in 1980 and publishing with Marvel Books division in 1982.[4] He left Marvel in 1991.[2] Galton died at his Naples, Florida home on June 12, 2017.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "James Galton, Savior of Marvel Comics in the 1970s, Dies at 92". The Hollywood Reporter. June 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Foerster, Jonathan (May 30, 2010). "BUSINESS MONDAY: Marvel Comics' miracle man set up business' success". Naples News. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
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  4. ^ a b "Marvel Grows into $100-Mil Hulk". Variety. September 17, 1986. p. 92. Archived from the original (jpeg) on July 20, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gilroy, Dan (September 17, 1986). "Marvel Now a $100 Million Hulk: Marvel Divisions and Top Execs". Variety. p. 81. Archived from the original (jpeg) on February 14, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
Preceded by
Al Landau
Marvel Entertainment Group President
Succeeded by
Terry Stewart