Curtis Circulation Company
Founded1946; 76 years ago (1946)
Area served
United States
Key people
Joseph M. Walsh
Retail marketing
Publisher support services
ParentCurtis Publishing Company (1946–1969)
Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation (1969–1973)
Cadence Industries (1973–1986)
Hachette Distribution Services (1986–present)

Curtis Circulation Company, LLC (abbreviated as CC),[2] is a magazine distribution company.


Curtis Circulation Company began as the circulation department of the Philadelphia-based Curtis Publishing Company, publisher of The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' Home Journal, and Holiday; Curtis Circulation became a subsidiary in 1946.[3]

Besides the publishing company's own magazines, other titles distributed by Curtis Circulation included The Atlantic and Esquire.[4] One of Curtis' most notable clients in the 1950s was Classics Illustrated, which Curtis distributed, starting first in Canada in 1948, and then nationally in the U.S. beginning in 1951.[4]

In 1969, Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation purchased Curtis Circulation from the Curtis Publishing Company.[5] Beginning in 1969 (and lasting until 1995), Curtis became the distributor of Marvel Comics[6] (Perfect Film had bought out publisher Martin Goodman—owner of Magazine Management Company, the parent of Marvel Comics in 1968).[7]

Joseph M. Walsh (1944–2016) became president of Curtis Circulation in 1970 (he also held high-ranking titles at its parent company, Cadence).

In 1973, Perfect Film renamed itself Cadence Industries.[7] In 1978, CC was the U.S.'s largest magazine distributor.[1]

In 1982, Joseph M. Walsh became Chairman and CEO of Curtis, acquiring an ownership stake.[8]

Cadence Industries was liquidated in 1986, selling Curtis Circulation to Hachette Distribution Services (a division of the Lagardère Group); Walsh retained his ownership stake.[9][3][10]

Comag Marketing Group (CMG) acquired Curtis Circulation Company, effective October 1, 2019 [11]

See also


  1. ^ a b "House of Hammer Volume Two," Retrieved Apr. 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "The 1957 Atlas Implosion's effect on Marvel's Silver Age" by Alex Grand
  3. ^ a b "Curtis Circulation Company, LLC: Private Company Information". Business Week. August 23, 2011. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b Jones Jr., William B. Classics Illustrated: A Cultural History, 2d ed. (McFarland & Company, 2017).
  5. ^ Welles, Chris (February 10, 1969). "Post-Mortem". New York. pp. 32–36. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  6. ^ Duin, Steve; Richardson, Mike (1998). "Capital City". Comics Between the Panels. Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Publishing. p. 69. ISBN 1-56971-344-8.
  7. ^ a b Nadel, Nick (August 31, 2009). "The Strange Business History of Marvel Comics". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
  8. ^ Joseph M. Walsh obituary, The Journal News (Jan. 17, 2016). Archived at Lohud ( Retrieved Apr. 19, 2021.
  9. ^ Wise, Deborah. "INTERNATIONAL REPORT; Hachette: From Zola To a $3 Billion Giant," New York Times (March 21, 1988).
  10. ^ "Joseph Walsh: Executive Profile & Biography". Business Week. August 23, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "CMG Acquires Curtis Circulation Company". 31 August 2019.