Select Magazines Inc.

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Years of Operation

Years of Comic Book Distribution


Main Office (1947-1948)
229 Fourth Avenue
New York, NY 3

Related Names

S-M News Co. S-M News Company S.M. News Company


  • Founded in 1919 by Popular Science Publishing and McCall Corp to challenge ANCs national distribution monopoly. Later, 4 other publishers joined as members/owners. As ANC collapsed in 1955, they brought on other publishers as customers. One of which was Time Inc. magazines [Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated]. Time came on as a publisher-owner in Jun 1955.
  • Jointly owned by publishers to get their magazines to newsstands
  • One of the first publisher-owned national distributors of magazines to newsstands.
  • In 1929, they began to distributed Readers Digest.
  • In 1956 S-M News changes their name to Select Magazines.
  • In Sept 1985, John O'Reilly buys the company from Meredith Corp., Times Mirror and McCalls.
  • May 1989, Select goes bankrupt.

Comic Book Publications Distributed

  • New Comics (1936) #2- 8 (#1?)
  • New Fun Comics (1935)
  • Police Comics #48 (?) - 79 (June 1948)


In 1955 S-M distributed through 750 local wholesalers.

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