Maple Leaf Publishing
Status Defunct
Founded March 1941
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Publication types Comic books

Maple Leaf Publishing was a World War II-era Canadian comic book publisher.


Maple Leaf Publishing started publishing comic books in March, 1941. They were one of four publishers, with Anglo-American, Hillborough Studios, and Bell Features, which published "Canadian Whites"—black-and-white comic books with colour covers that proliferated during the war years when American imports were restricted.[1]

In contrast to the larger Anglo-American, which published a large number of comics drawn by Canadians but based on imported American scripts, Maple Leaf focused on home-grown scripts. Maple Leaf's first publication, Better Comics #1, is thus considered to be the first true Canadian comic book.[2]

Maple Leaf's comics were modeled on the American format, minus the colour interiors. Notable titles other than Better Comics included Big Bang Comics, Lucky Comics and Rocket Comics.[3]

See also


  1. Bell, John (2002-06-24). "Beyond the Funnies: Canadian Golden Age of Comics, 1941-1946". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  2. "Maple Leaf Comics". Comic Syrup. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  3. Beaty, Bart. "Comic Books and Graphic Novels", page 221–223.Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (New, William N., editor). University of Toronto Press, 2002.

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