The Columbia Comics Corporation was formed in 1940 as a partnership between Vin Sullivan and the McNaught Newspaper Syndicate. The idea was to publish comics featuring a mix of McNaught-owned comic strip reprints like Joe Palooka and Charlie Chan as well as original features.

The first title published by Columbia was the anthology title Big Shot Comics, the first issue of which introduced Skyman and The Face. Big Shot Comics would run for 104 issues until 1949, when Columbia went out of business. Other titles published by Columbia included spinoff series from Big Shot Comics featuring Skyman (four issues) and The Face.

Several well known comics creators worked for Columbia, including Fred Guardineer on Marvelo, the Monarch of Magicians, and Ogden Whitney and Gardner Fox on Skyman.[1]


  • Big Shot Comics (104 issues, 1940-1949)
  • The Face (2 issues, 1941-1942)
  • Skyman (4 issues, 1941, 1942, 1947, and 1948)
  • Sparky Watts (10 issues, 1942–1949)
  • Tony Trent (2 issues, 1948)


  1. Don Markstein. "Skyman". Retrieved 2007-11-19. 

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