United Whelan Corporation|
Equality Plastics Inc.
|Founder||Martin S. Ackerman|
|Divisions||Marvel Comics Group|
Cadence Industries Corporation (formerly Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation) was an American conglomerate owned by Martin "Marty" S. Ackerman. From 1968 through 1986, Perfect and Cadence were the parent company of the publisher of Marvel Comics.
Perfect Film & Chemical Corporation (Perfect Film) was formed in 1962 by Martin "Marty" S. Ackerman from parts of his first four acquisitions: United Whelan Corporation, Hudson National, Perfect Photos, and Equality Plastics Inc. Hudson was a mail-order pharmaceuticals firm, and Equality Plastics, a consumer-products distributor. Perfect Film sold off Whelan drugstores and the Pathe Films Lab.
In early 1968, Perfect Film purchased Popular Library, a paperback book company. In 1968, Perfect Film loaned $5 million to Curtis Publishing Company, publisher of the Saturday Evening Post, at the request of Curtis' primary loan holder, First National Bank of Boston. In June and July 1968, Perfect Film sold US$40 million worth of securities, more than double the company's long-term debt. That fall, it bought out publisher Martin Goodman — owner of Magazine Management Company, the parent of Marvel Comics and other ventures — and made Magazine Management the direct subsidiary. It placed its other corporations as subsidiaries of that. Perfect Film purchased the Desilu Studios complex in 1968.
In March 1969, Perfect Film and Commonwealth United Corporation had tentatively agreed to a merger of Commonwealth and Plume and Atwood. Despite attempts to revive the Saturday Evening Post 's circulation, and with the lack of a purchaser, Curtis Publishing shut the magazine down in 1969. Perfect Film purchased Curtis Circulation Company that same year from Curtis Publishing. Also in 1969, OSF Industries purchased Desilu Studios from the corporation, becoming The Culver City Studios the following year. Ackerman left Perfect Film In 1969.
- Curtis Publishing Company (control) (1968-1969)
- Curtis Circulation Company (1968-1986)
- Data Systems for Health
- Hudson Pharmaceutical Corporation
- Marvel Entertainment Group (1986)
- Perfect Subscription Companies
- Plume and Atwood
- Popular Library (1968-1970)
- US Pencil and Stationery Company
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