Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Eastern Color Printing - first rough draft.

I had done a short history of Eastern Color, and afterwards added some information from Wikipedia.  the Wikipedia does have (as of Dec 2011) some major bloopers, basically from not being familiar with the material published. That's not to say I don't have any bloopers....but at least my material is taken mainly from newspaper accounts, and   the focus below is on them as a comic book printing company.   I'll be happy to, and want to, update with new information and with\ the names of comic book companies that they printed for.


Eastern Color Printing

  formed in  August 1928 as a  separate company and successor to the newspaper suppliment publishing of the Waterbury Republican and  Waterbury American.
  (per Wikipedia: William B. Pape, VP and principal executive officer)

1928 Per Wikipedia - printed the Funnies for Dell from 1928 to 1930. Wikipedia say "published", but they mean "printed".

1933-1941 (Per Wikipedia) printed "Gulf Funnies Weekly"

1933 Spring  "Funnies on Parade" published and  printed in Waterbury, 32 pages 10,000 copies
1934 Famous Funnies: Series One - first modern style comic book, available for purchase in chain stores.
1934 July (cover date) Famous Funnies #1 - first modern style newsstand comic book

1937 per Wikipedia - builds new plant to print comic strip supplements for newspapers.

March 1942 Curtiss Way Co. sold to Eastern Color.
 Curtiss Way prints covers and binds comic books.

April 1950 Eastern Color prints 1.5 million comics weekly
1954 - Wikipedia cites that Eastern Color prints 40% of all comic books.
1955 -  Eastern Color ends their own comic book titles.

June 1960  Sells the Curtiss Way Co. and the Domonel Co.
   the Curtiss Way division was publishing magazines and comics, and under the name Domonel for their new owner  will continue printing magazines and newspaper inserts.  The former  Curtiss Way company plants are closed in 1968.

January 1961 Eastern Color named co-conspirator in monopoly controlled by the Greater Buffalo Press.

April 1963 - in Appellant court

April 1967  strike

1972 sells Waterbury plant, moves printing to Avon.
1973  Wikipedia says stops printing comic books
October 1973 still printing comics sections - shortens some due to newsprint shortage
October 1974 tax court decision

February 1981 toxic gas  released in plant.
March 1983  month old strike settled
February 1897 - wikepedia says fire destroys one of the presses.
1988 - prints comics for 11 newspapers
1989 Wikipedia says loses Sears circular printing account, which was 40% of the business.

July 2001 - the final printing assets were sold, but the name and shell of the company continue to exist.
March 2002 -files for bankruptcy Wikipedia says closes June 2002
Dec 2003 former CFO, Lackerbee pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud
June 2004 former CEO, A. Robert Palmer sentenced  -  He was President in 1987-1992+

William J. Pape (1873 -1961)   founder and owner
George Janosik                            president in 1933 (says Wikipedia)
Eric Pape   (1899 - 1962)      vice president, son of William J. Pape
James Darcey  (-1964) ,       treasurer
William B. Pape (c1900 - 1974)  Chairman of the Board, son of William J. Pape
Richard J. Pape            grandson of founder     CEO 1961-1987

employees known:
Maxwell Charles Gaines
Harry Wildenberg
Lev Gleason

comic book companies that were clients
Marvel:  1940s to late 1960s



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