Standard Comics

Standard Comics
Parent company Pines Publishing
Status Defunct (1956)
Founded 1936
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location New York City
Publication types Comic books
Fiction genres Superhero
Imprints Better Publications
Nedor Publishing
Pines Comics

Standard Comics was a comic book imprint of American publisher Ned Pines, who also published pulp magazines (under a variety of company names that he also used for the comics) and paperback books (under the Popular Library name). Standard[1] in turn was the parent company of two comic-book lines: Better Publications[2] and Nedor Publishing[3] Collectors and historians sometimes refer to them collectively as "Standard/Better/Nedor".[4][5]


In business from 1939 to 1956, Standard was a prolific publisher during the Golden Age of comic books. Its best-known character, initially published under the Better imprint, is the Black Terror. In June 1949, the Better and Nedor imprints were consolidated as the Standard Comics line, with a "Standard Comics" flag-like cover logo. The titles previously had no publisher logo. In 1956, Standard ended and only two titles continued, published by Pines Comics. This last venture also incorporated several titles from the defunct St. John Publications. Most titles went to other publishers after the company folded in 1959.

Beginning in the 1980s, Standard/Better/Nedor characters have been revived by other publishers. Publisher Bill Black used many of them in his 1980s imprint Americomics (later shortened to AC Comics). Many of the female heroes are members of the AC Comics superhero team Femforce.[6] In the 2000s, Standard/Better/Nedor characters have appeared in writer Alan Moore's comic book Tom Strong and its spin-off Terra Obscura. Marvel Comics used the names American Eagle, Grim Reaper, and Wonder Man for its own, different characters.

The eight-issue comic book miniseries Project Superpowers #0-7 (Jan.-Oct. 2008), published by Dynamite Entertainment,[7] resurrected a number of Golden Age superheroes, including those originally published by Fox Comics and Crestwood Publications, as well as Standard/Better/Nedor, many of which are assumed to be in the public domain but may not be.[8]




  1. Standard at the Grand Comics Database
  2. Better Publications at the Grand Comics Database
  3. Nedor Publishing at the Grand Comics Database
  4. "Standard/Better/Nedor". 2001. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  5. "Standard / Better / Nedor". An International Catalogue of Superheroes. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010.
  6. "Golden Age Reprints Intro" at AC Comics. WebCitation archive.
  7. Project Superpowers at the Grand Comics Database
  8. Gorman, Cash. "Copyrights and Comics of 1940s". Golden-Age Comic book Superheroes & Villains Encyclopedia. Cash Gorman. Retrieved 12 October 2011.


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