|Space Adventures #33 (Mar.1960)|
Trivia: The company was originally founded by John Santangelo, Sr. and Ed Levy in 1940 as T.W.O. Charles Company, named after their two sons, both named Charles, and ultimately became Charlton Publications in 1945.
The company's most noteworthy period was during the Silver Age where its science fiction anthology title Space Adventures introduced Captain Atom, by Joe Gill and the soon-to-be-legendary co-creator Spider-Man, Steve Ditko. Charlton also introduced Son of Vulcan, in answer to Marvels Thor, in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #46 (May 1965). With the Vietnam War underway, Charlton offered notable titles including Fightin' Air Force, Fightin' Army, Fightin' Marines and Fightin' Navy; the "Attack" line of Army Attack and Submarine Attack; Battlefield Action; D-Day, U.S. Air Force Comics, and War Heroes. Charlton also threw itself into the resurgent horror genre during this period, with such titles as Ghostly Tales, The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves and Ghost Manor.
By the 1980s, Charlton was in decline. The comic book industry was in a sales slump, struggling to reinvent a profitable distribution and retail system. Charlton's licensed titles lapsed, its aging presses were deteriorating towards uselessness, and the company did not have the resources to replace them.
Industry greats who made their mark at Charlton either on staff or freelance, included Pete Morisi, John Byrne, Nicola Cuti, Mike Zeck, Vince Alascia, Jon D'Agostino, Sam Glanzman, Joe Staton, Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio, Bill Molno, Charles Nicholas, Jerry Seigel, Al Fago, Tony Tallarico, Frank McLaughlin, Pat Boyette, Roger Stern, Bob Layton, Roger Slifer and Sal Trapani. The primary writer for Charlton was the remarkably prolific Joe Gill.
|The Phantom #31 (Apr.1969)|