Titan Entertainment Group

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Titan Entertainment Group
Industry Comic books
Founded 1978
Founders Nick Landau
Mike Lake
Mike Luckman
Headquarters London, England, United Kingdom
Key people
Nick Landau
Vivian Cheung
Leigh Baulch
Chris Teather
Andrew Sumner
Laura Price
Divisions Forbidden Planet bookstore chain
Titan Publishing Group
Titan Merchandise

Titan Entertainment Group (TEG) is a British retailing, publishing and merchandise company - owner of the Forbidden Planet bookstore chain, Titan Magazines, Titan Comics, Titan Merchandise and Titan Books. TEG is owned by Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung.


Titan Distributors[edit]

Up through the mid-1970s, only a small range of American comic books were available in British newsagents. 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]

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

Titan Magazines[edit]

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]

Titan Merchandise (launched in 2011) produces high-quality licensed merchandise for global properties, including Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Beatles, Star Trek, Alien, Breaking Bad, Ghostbusters and Hammer Horror.

Titan Comics[edit]

In the mid 2000s, TEG started Titan Comics, a bold new publishing initiative from Titan Publishing, offering readers the best new stories from new and established comics creators.


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