Maple Leaf Publishing

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Coordinates: 49°18′N 123°06′W / 49.3°N 123.1°W / 49.3; -123.1

Maple Leaf Publishing
StatusDefunct (c. 1946)
FoundedMarch 1941
Country of originCanada
Headquarters locationVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Publication typesComic books

Maple Leaf Publishing was a World War II-era Canadian comic book publisher active during the Golden Age of Comic Books. They were one of four publishers—along with Anglo-American Publishing, Hillborough Studios, and Bell Features—which published "Canadian Whites"—black-and-white comic books with colour covers that proliferated during the war years when American imports were restricted.[1] Maple Leaf Publishing started publishing comic books in March 1941 and went out of business in late 1946.

In contrast to the larger Anglo-American, which published many comics drawn by Canadians but based on imported American scripts, Maple Leaf focused on home-grown scripts. Maple Leaf's first publication, Better Comics #1, is thus considered to be the first true Canadian comic book.[2]

Maple Leaf's comics were modeled on the American format, minus the colour interiors. Notable titles other than Better Comics included Big Bang Comics, Lucky Comics and Rocket Comics.[3]

Titles published[edit]

  • Better Comics (34 issues, March 1941 - August/September 1946)
  • Bing Bang Comics (31 issues, November–December 1941 - May–June 1946)
  • Lucky Comics (34 issues, June 1941 - October–November 1946)
  • Name-It Comics (1 issue, Nov./Dec. 1941)
  • Rocket Comics (32 issues, 1941–1946)

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Sources consulted[edit]


  1. ^ Bell, John (2002-06-24). "Beyond the Funnies: Canadian Golden Age of Comics, 1941-1946". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
  2. ^ "Maple Leaf Comics". Comic Syrup. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-12-18. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Beaty, Bart. "Comic Books and Graphic Novels", page 221–223.Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (New, William N., editor). University of Toronto Press, 2002.