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British Comics: Punch For Sale

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

Punch, the venerable British humor magazine known for its many cartoons and contributions from a who’s who of British humor, including my favorite P.G. Wodehouse, is up for sale and can be yours.

Punch began in 1841 and made it all the way to 1992 before it was suspended. (Charles Dickens was once an editor there.) The magazine got a new owner in 1996 and finally went out for good in 2002.

In college I spent many hours in the library reading bound volumes of the magazine from the 1950s-1980s and thought it was time well-spent.

Of course, it’s not the actual magazine that’s up for sale, and you don’t get access to the original publication’s archives.

Nope, you get none of that for your loot. But there’s a clever fellow out there who goes around re-trademarking brand names that have expired, and one of those trademarks was for Punch.

Punch 2So, if you have the money, you can acquire the trademark and relaunch your own version of Punch, the magazine.

If you were to buy it, you’d probably realize that the name still has a high-recognition value for licensing, branding and apps, if you’re smart enough to figure out how to put it into play.


An archive of Punch's great stuff is online where you can spend many happy hours when you should be working or Facebooking.

Disclosure of sorts: I'm a Punch veteran. I sold a cartoon to the magazine some years ago (which made me happy), but I don't think it was ever published (and that made me sad). The magazine died shortly thereafter). I hope I wasn't to blame!

[Artwork: A one-two punch of Punch covers]



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