Titan Entertainment Group

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Titan Entertainment Group
Type Retailer
Publisher
Industry Comic books
Retail
Publishing
Founded 1978
Founders Nick Landau
Mike Lake
Mike Luckman
Headquarters London, England, United Kingdom
Key people Nick Landau
Vivan Cheung
Divisions Forbidden Planet bookstore chain
Titan Publishing Group
Titan Merchandise

Titan Entertainment Group (TEG) is a British retailing and publishing company, owner of the Forbidden Planet bookstore chain, Titan Magazines, and Titan Books. TEG is run by Nick Landau and Vivan Cheung.

History[edit]

Titan Distributors[edit]

Up through the mid-1970s, only a small range of American comic books were available in British news agents. Landau saw the distribution opportunity, and along with Mike Lake and Mike Luckman, formed Comic Media Distributors. Soon changing its name to Titan Distributors, Landau operated the business until 1992, when he and Lake parted company. (Lake almost immediately sold Titan Distributors to the American comics distributor Diamond Comic Distributors.)[1]

Forbidden Planet[edit]

Early on, Landau was "forced" into retail by the closure of one of his leading customers; he needed to take a radical step to avoid going out of business himself.[citation needed] In 1978, Titan Entertainment Group opened its first Forbidden Planet bookstore, on Denmark Street in London.

In 1992, after Landau and Luck parted company, TEG established a chain of stores, Forbidden Planet International, mainly in northern England and Scotland. Although TEG has made some attempts to establish Forbidden Planet abroad, there are no longer any TEG-owned FP stores outside the UK.

Titan Publishing Group[edit]

Titan Books[edit]

Main article: Titan Books

In 1981, TEG started Titan Books, publishers of both new and licensed graphic novels and film and TV tie-ins.

Titan Magazines[edit]

Main article: Titan Magazines

Titan Magazines, officially launched in 1995, publishes Star Trek Magazine, the Wallace and Gromit comic, UK editions of Simpsons Comics, and many other titles.

Titan Merchandise[edit]

The newest division of TEG, Titan Merchandise produces high-quality licensed merchandise for global properties, including Marvel Comics, Doctor Who, Kick-Ass, and Hammer Horror.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NewsWatch: Diamond Acquires Titan Distributors," The Comics Journal #154 (November 1992), p. 14.