James Henderson & Sons were a Victorian publishing company. Its founder, James Henderson, was born in Laurencekirk, Scotland, in 1823. He started publishing newspapers, including The Glasgow Evening Mercury and The Glasgow Daily News. He moved to London by 1865, basing himself at Red Lion Square near Fleet Street, where he launched a weekly tabloid magazine, Our Young Folk's Weekly Budget, in 1871, in which Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was first serialised. Alfred Harmsworth, who would go on to found the Amalgamated Press, worked for Henderson for a time.

On 12 December 1874 Henderson launched Funny Folks, generally recognised as the first British comic. Other titles, including Big Comic, Comic Life, Lot-O-Fun, Scraps and Sparks , followed. His son Nelson Faviell Henderson (b. 1865 in Camberwell, London) was Manager of the company by 1911. James appears to have died between 1901 and 1911. The company was acquired by the Amalgamated Press in 1920.


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