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Belmont was started in 1960 by the friendly folks at Archie Comics (which, believe it or not, was established in 1942 and is still around). They originally published Belmont Books in the standard (short) format, but transitioned to the tall paperback format within a year. It has been reported to me that there might also be some connection to Stanley Library, which published some adult titles a few years before (you can find some Stanley covers in the "Sleaze" section).
In 1969, Belmont was merged with Tower Publications (which had produced Midwood books -- also found in the "Sleaze" section), but they apparently didn't begin producing the "Belmont Tower" series until 1972.
NOTE: The numbering for this series of books is so unbelievably convoluted that I am forced to knowingly present them out of publishing sequence. Otherwise, you'd never be able to find the book you're looking for. I've tried to keep them in roughly the same order that most price guides use, though most of those guides do not include the 5-digit Belmont/ Tower books on the last two pages.
Grant Thiessen is a bookseller in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and owner of BOOKIT (www.bookitinc.com). He has sent me information based on his observations of this publisher. He is careful to state that this info is through personal examination of individual books, and is accurate only as far as he knows. Here's what he has to say:
The earliest Belmont Tower I have seen
is 1972. Granted, their dating is not the best, but with books that are
actually dated, thatís the earliest Iíve seen. Belmont itself published
into the very earliest days of 1972, with the last dozen or so in the
The Belmont section was updated in August 2017