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Publishers Newspaper Syndicate was a syndication service based in Chicago that operated from 1925 to 1967, when it merged with the Hall Syndicate. Publishers syndicated such long-lived comic strips as Big Chief Wahoo / Steve Roper, Mary Worth, Kerry Drake, Rex Morgan, M.D., Judge Parker, and Apartment 3-G.

Publishers' Syndicate
Publishers Newspaper Syndicate
IndustryPrint syndication
Fatemerged with Hall Syndicate to form Publishers-Hall Syndicate
Founded1925; 94 years ago (1925)
FoundersHarold H. Anderson and Eugene P. Conley
Defunct1967; 52 years ago (1967)
Headquarters30 N. LaSalle Street, ,
Key people
Allen Saunders, Nicholas P. Dallis
ProductsComic strips, newspaper columns
OwnersHarold H. Anderson (1925–1963)
Field Enterprises (1963–onward)

Allen Saunders served as comics editor in the 1940s[citation needed] and wrote a number of Publishers' Syndicate's most popular strips, including Apple Mary / Mary Worth, Big Chief Wahoo, and Kerry Drake. His protege Nicholas P. Dallis followed in Saunders' footsteps by writing the popular strips Rex Morgan, M.D., Judge Parker, and Apartment 3-G.[1]

In addition to comic strips, Publishers syndicated sports columnists such as Red Smith and columnists such as Roscoe Drummond.[2]

Publishers Syndicate was acquired by Field Enterprises in 1963 and merged with the Hall Syndicate in 1967, becoming the Publishers-Hall Syndicate.


From 1919 to circa 1925, Chicago-area businessmen Eugene P. Conley and John H. Millar ran a syndication service aimed at teen readers. Called Associated Editors, the syndicate offered among other features the columns and cartoons of Robert Quillen. Associated Editors was dissolved when Millar and Conley went their separate ways. (Millar became the owner of Home News Publishing, a chain of small-town papers.)[3]

The Publishers' Syndicate was founded in 1925 by Conley.[2] and Harold H. Anderson[4] Among its first columns were those of Quillen; its first strips were Walt Scott's Dramatic Events in Bible History and John H. Striebel Poor Pa.

Many of Publishers' most popular and long-running strips were launched in the 1930s, including Dan Dunn: Secret Operative 48, Apple Mary (which later became Mary Worth), and Big Chief Wahoo.

Successful Publishers strips launched in the 1940s included Kerry Drake, Dotty Dripple, and Rex Morgan, M.D.; while popular strips originating in the 1950s included Judge Parker, Tales from the Great Book, Friar Justin "Fred" McCarthy's Brother Juniper, and Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo's Willie Lumpkin. Notable strips launched in the 1960s were Apartment 3-G and The Wizard of Id.

In 1963 Chicago-based Field Enterprises and New York Herald Tribune publisher John Hay Whitney acquired Publishers Syndicate,[5] merging syndication operations with Field's Chicago Sun-Times Syndicate, the New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, and the syndicate of the Chicago Daily News[6] (a newspaper that had been acquired by Field Enterprises in 1959). When the New York Herald Tribune folded in 1966, Publishers inherited their strips, including Johnny Hart's B.C., Mell Lazarus' Miss Peach, and Harry Haenigsen's Penny.

In 1967, Field Enterprises acquired Robert M. Hall's New York-based Hall Syndicate, merging it with Publishers to form the Publishers-Hall Syndicate.

Publishers' Syndicate strips and panelsEdit


  1. ^ Mendez, A. E. 2006. "Remembering the Girls Next Door: Alex Kotzky and Apartment 3-G," Part 2, The Look of Love:The Rise and Fall of the Photo-Realistic Newspaper Strip, 1946-1970.
  2. ^ a b Heise, Kenan. "News Syndicate Chief Harold Anderson," Chicago Tribune (January 26, 1988).
  3. ^ Watson, Elmo Scott. "The Era of Consolidation, 1890-1920" (Chapter VII), in A History Of Newspaper Syndicates In The United States, 1865-1935 (Western Newspaper Union, 1936), archived at Stripper's Guide
  4. ^ "Who's Who Among Leading U.S. Syndicate Executives," Editor & Publisher (September 7, 1946). Archived at "News of Yore 1946: Syndicate Executives Profiled," Stripper's Guide (July 21, 2010).
  5. ^ Stetson, Damon. "Herald Tribune Is Closing Its News Service: But Meyer Says Columns That Appeared in Paper Will Be in Merged Publication," New York Times (June 24, 1966).
  6. ^ Toni Mendez Collection
  7. ^ Gantz entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999. Accessed Nov. 3, 2018.
  8. ^ Apeldoorn, Ger (November 11, 2013). "Late Mail". The Fabuleous Fifties.