Orbit Publications

Orbit Publications, also known as Orbit-Wanted, was a comic book publishing house operated by the female publisher, editor, and cartoonist Ray Herman during the Golden Age of Comic Books.[2] The company was co-owned by Herman and Marjorie May[1] (niece of World Color Press owner Roswell Messing, Sr.).[3]

Orbit Publications
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StatusDefunct (1955)
FounderRay Herman
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters location1819 Broadway, New York City[1]
Publication typesComic books
Fiction genresromance, crime, Western, humor
ImprintsOur Publishing Co.
Patches Publications, Inc.
Taffy Publications, Inc.
Toytown Publications, Inc.
Wanted Comic Group
Owner(s)Ray Herman and Marjorie May

Orbit operated from 1945 to 1955; the company's longest-running titles were Wanted Comics (crime),[1] The Westerner (a Western title featuring Wild Bill Pecos) and Love Diary (romance); contributing artists included John Buscema, Syd Shores, Bernard Krigstein and Mort Leav.

Orbit was a founding member of the Association of Comics Magazine Publishers (the precursor to the Comics Magazine Association of America), for which Hermann served as secretary and board director.

Titles publishedEdit

  • Love Diary (48 issues, July 1949 - September-October 1955) — romance
  • Love Journal (16 issues, October 1951 - July 1954) – romance
  • Patches (10 issues, [July] 1945 - December 1947) — Western title continued from Rural Home Publications title
  • Taffy Comics (10 issues, 1946 - February 1948) — funny animal title continued from Rural Home
  • Toytown Comics (5 issues, Aug. 1946–May 1947) — humor title continued from B. Antin series
  • Wanted Comics (45 issues, September-October 1947 - April 1953) — crime comic; numbering continued from Toytown
  • The Westerner Comics (28 issues, June 1948 - December 1951) — Western title



  1. ^ a b c BIP Comics: Publisher Insignia and Indicia Data - "Wanted Comics" #50 Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Rae Herman," Who's Who of American Comic Book Artists, 1928–1999. Accessed Sept. 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Saunders, David. "RAY R. HERMANN," Field Guide to Wild American Pulp Artists. Accessed Sept. 23, 2017.