Creators Syndicate

Print and digital syndicate
Industry News articles, News Columns, Comics
Founded February 13, 1987
Founder Richard S. Newcombe
Headquarters Hermosa Beach, California, U.S.
Key people
Richard S. Newcombe - Founder/CEO; Jack Newcombe - President; Melissa Lin - Vice President of Business Affairs; Marianne Sugawara - Vice President of Operations; David Yontz - Managing Editor

Creators Syndicate (aka Creators) is an American independent distributor of comic strips and syndicated columns to daily newspapers, websites and other digital outlets. When founded in 1987, Creators Syndicate became one of the few successful independent syndicates founded since the 1930s and was the first syndicate to allow cartoonists ownership rights to their work.[1] Creators Syndicate is based in Hermosa Beach, California.


Creators Syndicate originated on February 13, 1987, after the December 24, 1986-announced sale of the Irvine, California-based News America Syndicate to King Features Syndicate, a print syndication company owned by The Hearst Corporation.[2][3] The pending sale of News America Syndicate, which was first reported by Advertising Age in October 1986,[4] prompted 36-year-old News America Syndicate president Richard S. Newcombe to leave NAS in January 1987 and use financial backing from London-based publisher Robert Maxwell to form Creators Syndicate before the close of the NAS' sale.[1][5] Ann Landers, then the world's most widely syndicated newspaper columnist, also announced that she was leaving NAS to join the newly formed Creators Syndicate.[2][6] Within a month, Creators Syndicate acquired the syndication rights to the worldwide comic strip B.C.,[7] and a few months after that acquired the syndication rights to the cartoon works of Herblock,[1] an American editorial cartoonist and author known for his commentary on domestic and foreign policy.

New Business Ventures

In May 2008, Creators Syndicate purchased Copley News Service, a 1955-founded San Diego-based wire service that distributed news, political cartoons and opinion columns.[8]

During the past several years, Creators has expanded its business to include Creators Publishing, Alpha Comedy, a literary and lifestyle magazine, a political website, a podcast network, and Sumner Books, an e-book and audiobook publishing company.

Syndicated Comics


  1. 1 2 3 Katina Alexander (June 14, 1987). "A Superhero For Cartoonists?". New York Times. p. 34. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  2. Jeff Rowe (October 16, 1986). "Murdoch News America Group Is Up for Sale". Los Angeles Times. p. 4F. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  3. United Press International (October 21, 1986). "2 New York Papers Deny Merger Rumor". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. p. 2D. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  4. David Astor (January 17, 1987). "Richard S. Newcombe leaves top exec post at NAS". Editor & Publisher. 120: 46.
  5. David Astor (February 14, 1987). "King-News America deal finalized". Editor & Publisher. 120: 58.
  6. Thomas Collins (April 26, 1987). "A boss who lets artists own the comics competitors call him a raider, 'but that implies that the talent is a caravan of slaves,' says the head of a new syndicate." (PDF). Newsday. p. 16. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  7. Jim Hays (May 29, 2008). "Creators Syndicate buys Copley News Service". The Oregonian. Business News. Retrieved August 18, 2012.

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