Creators Syndicate

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TypePrint and digital syndicate
IndustryNews articles, News Columns, Comics
FoundedFebruary 13, 1987
FounderRichard S. Newcombe
HeadquartersHermosa Beach, California, U.S.
Key people
Richard S. Newcombe - Founder/CEO; Jack Newcombe - President; Melissa Lin - Vice President of Business Affairs; Marianne Sugawara - Vice President of Operations; Simone Slykhous - Managing Editor

Creators Syndicate (a.k.a. Creators) is an American independent distributor of comic strips and syndicated columns to daily newspapers, websites, and other digital outlets. When founded in 1987, Creators Syndicate became one of the few successful independent syndicates founded since the 1930s and was the first syndicate to allow cartoonists ownership rights to their work.[1] Creators Syndicate is based in Hermosa Beach, California.


Creators Syndicate originated on February 13, 1987, after the December 24, 1986-announced sale of the Irvine, California-based News America Syndicate to King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation.[2][3] The pending sale of News America Syndicate, which was first reported by Advertising Age in October 1986,[4] prompted 36-year-old News America Syndicate president Richard S. Newcombe to leave NAS in January 1987 and use financial backing from London-based publisher Robert Maxwell to form Creators Syndicate before the close of the NAS sale.[1][5]

Ann Landers, then the world's most widely syndicated newspaper columnist, also announced that she was leaving NAS to join the newly formed Creators Syndicate.[2][6] Within a month, Creators Syndicate acquired the syndication rights to the enormously popular comic strip B.C.,[7] and a few months after that acquired the syndication rights to the cartoon works of Herblock,[1] an American editorial cartoonist and author known for his commentary on domestic and foreign policy.

Milton Caniff was another of several important cartoonists who had tried unsuccessfully to secure rights to their creations. In 1946, he walked away from the enormously popular Terry and the Pirates comic strip because his syndicate insisted that they own his creation. After Creators Syndicate was founded, Caniff sent Newcombe a postcard saying, “To put it on the record: Hooray!!!"[8] Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Peters told Editor & Publisher magazine, "It's long overdue that syndicates realize a new day is here. Indentured servitude went out in the 1500s." Johnny Hart, creator of B.C. and The Wizard of Id, called Creators “a history-making venture in syndication." Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, described Creators Syndicate as "the first breath of fresh air the syndicates have had in 100 years of existence."[9] The New York Times ran a story about Newcombe with the headline, “A Superhero for Cartoonists?”[10] Today, largely as a result of Creators Syndicate, all syndicates grant cartoonists ownership rights to their work.

In 1991 Creators Syndicate took over Heritage Features Syndicate, which was part of the conservative Heritage Foundation.[11] In 2008 Creators Syndicate acquired the Copley News Service, a wire service that distributed news, political cartoons, and opinion columns.[12][13]

In 2011 Jack Newcombe became President of Creators Syndicate,[14] and together with Rick Newcombe started Creators Publishing and Sumner Books, which have published more than 150 titles.

The Creators Syndicate headquarters in Hermosa Beach, California

In 2012, after 25 years of operating in the city of Los Angeles, Creators Syndicate moved to nearby Hermosa Beach because of a tax dispute with the city.[15]

Since 2012, Creators has expanded its business to include Creators Publishing, Alpha Comedy, a literary and lifestyle magazine, a political website, a podcast network, and Sumner Books, an e-book and audiobook publishing company.

Creators Syndicate strips and panels[edit]

Current (as of 2018)[edit]

Discontinued strips[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Katina Alexander (June 14, 1987). "A Superhero For Cartoonists?". The New York Times. p. 34. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Jeff Rowe (October 16, 1986). "Murdoch News America Group Is Up for Sale". Los Angeles Times. p. 4F. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  3. ^ United Press International (October 21, 1986). "2 New York Papers Deny Merger Rumor". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. p. 2D. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  4. ^ David Astor (January 17, 1987). "Richard S. Newcombe leaves top exec post at NAS". Editor & Publisher. 120: 46.
  5. ^ David Astor (February 14, 1987). "King-News America deal finalized". Editor & Publisher. 120: 58.
  6. ^ Thomas Collins (April 26, 1987). "This Boss Lets Artists Own Comic Strips" (PDF). Newsday. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Strong opinions about a new syndicate". Editor & Publisher. 7 March 1987.
  8. ^ "'B.C.' comic joining Ann Landers at CS". Editor & Publisher. 21 March 1987.
  9. ^ "A Superhero for Cartoonists". The New York Times. 14 June 1987.
  10. ^ "Creators Syndicate to take over Heritage". Editor & Publisher. 16 February 1991.
  11. ^ "Creators Syndicate buys Copley News Service". Retrieved 2016-07-01.
  12. ^ Jim Hays (May 29, 2008). "Creators Syndicate buys Copley News Service". The Oregonian. Business News. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  14. ^ Newcombe, Rick. "Why We'll Leave L.A.: The business climate is worse than the air quality.," The Wall Street Journal (July 10, 2009).

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