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Red Circle Comics was an imprint used by Archie Comics to publish non-Archie characters, especially their superheroes, in the 70s and 80s. Archie Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its many series featuring the fictional teenage Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Reggie Mantle and Forsythe Jughead Jones characters created by Bob Montana. ...


Phase 1: 1970s

The Red Circle Comics line was first used to publish Chilling Adventures in Sorcery in October, 1973. This title was originally Chilling Adventures in Sorcery as told by Sabrina with its first 2 issues. With the 3rd it was renamed and published under the Red Circle Comics line. With issue 6 it was renamed Red Circle Sorcery and lasted until issue 11 (Feb, 1975). A series called Super Cops would publish one issue in July 1974. Shortly there after, Mad House (a retitle of Mad House Glads) would also be published under the Red Circle Comics line starting with issue 95 (Sept, 1974). This would end after #97 (Jan, 1975), when the title reverted back to being a standard Archie humor title.

In 1978 and 1979, Archie published 2 digests collecting their superhero materials from the 60s. The first was titled Archie's Super Hero Special. The second issue was titled Archie's Super Hero Comic Digest Magazine, and is notable for publishing the previously unpublished revamp of the Black Hood done by Gray Morrow and Neal Adams. There was nothing on their covers to indicate they were Red Circle titles. You had to read the indicia. Gray Morrow (March 7, 1934 - November 6, 2001) was an American illustrator of paperback books and comics. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ...


  • Archie's Super Hero Special (1978)
  • Archie's Super Hero Comic Digest Magazine #2 (1979)
  • Chilling Adventures in Sorcery (October 1973- February 1974) 3 issues (#3-5), retitled Red Circle Sorcery
  • Mad House (September 1974 - January 1975) 3 issues (#95-97)
  • Red Circle Sorcery (April 1974 - February 1975) 6 issues (#6-11 - #s 6, 7, and 10 featured stories by T. Casey Brennan.)
  • Super Cops (July 1974) 1 issue (one-shot)

T. Casey Brennan is the author of numerous comic book stories, published in the 1970s Warren anthologies Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. ...

Phase 2: 1980s

In the 1980s, Archie would make a more concerted effort to reuse their superheroes. The first appearance was actually in JC Comics's JCP Features #1, in Dec of 1981, which reprinted the new Black Hood materials that appeared in Archie Super Hero Comic Digest Magazine #2. In March of 1983, the first issue of Mighty Crusaders appeared, which led to many new titles under the Red Circle Comics banner. With the February 1984 issues, this line had been renamed the "Archie Adventure Series." By September of 1985, the entire line had been cancelled. The next attempt at using the characters would have been the promised "Spectrum" line, but that line never came out because the changes to the characters were considered too radical by Archie Comics' management. Archie's super-heroes were later leased to DC Comics for use in its short-livedImpact line. Since then, there have been only occasional appearances in Archie titles, probably to preserve their ownership. JC Comics (also known as JC Productions), was a very short-lived comic book company owned by John Carbonaro that published a few titles in the early 1980s. ... The Mighty Crusaders is an Archie Comics superhero team. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Impact Comics (or, as the covers spelled it, !mpact Comics) was an imprint of DC Comics that was aimed at younger audience. ...


  • Black Hood (June 1983 - October 1983) 3 issues
  • Blue Ribbon Comics (November 1983 - December 1984) 14 issues
  • The Comet (October 1983 - December 1983) 2 issues [was to be a six issue mini-series]
  • The Fly (May 1983 - October 1984) 9 issues
  • Lancelot Strong: The Shield (June 1983 - August 1983) 2 issues, retitled Shield-Steel Sterling
  • Mighty Crusaders (March 1983 - September 1985) 13 issues
  • Original Shield (April 1984 - October 1984)
  • Shield-Steel Sterling (December 1983) 1 issue (#3), retitled Steel Sterling
  • Steel Sterling (January 1984 - July 1984) 4 issues (#4-7)

Published by MLJ Comics, Blue Ribbon Comics ran for 22 issues (1-22) from November 1939 - March 1942. ...


The Comet was a superhero who first appeared in Pep Comics #1 in January, 1940. ... The Fly is a superhero published by Archie Comics. ... Flygirl is a fictional character in The Mighty Crusaders, published by Archie Comics. ... The Fox was a character produced by MLJ Comics. ... The Jaguar is a superhero published by Archie Comics. ... The Shield is the name of several patriotic super heroes created by MLJ (now known as Archie Comics). ... The Shield is the name of several patriotic super heroes created by MLJ (now known as Archie Comics). ... The Web was a superhero produced by MLJ Comics John Cassone as artist and an unknown writer in 1942. ...


Red Circle was also used as a cover logo from the mid-Thirties until 1957 for Martin Goodman's line of pulp magazines and aklso for some of the paperbacks his company produced. Goodman also published Timely Comics, the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. Beyond the name, the two firms are in no way related. Timely Comics is the 1940s comic book publishing company that would evolve into Marvel Comics. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ...

External links

  • Mighty Crusaders Net
  • International Superhero entry on Archie Comics superheroes
Archie Comics
Main publications Archie Comics | Pep Comics | Betty and Veronica Magazine | Jughead Magazine | Jughead's Double Digest | Sabrina, the Teenage Witch | Josie and The Pussycats | That Wilkin Boy | Li'l Jinx | Katy Keene | The Punisher Meets Archie | Archie's Holiday Fun Digest Magazine
Characters and Info Archie Andrews | Betty Cooper | Veronica Lodge | Reggie Mantle | Jughead Jones | Archie Comics Characters | Betty and Veronica syndrome | Riverdale High School | Riverdale Town | Midvale Town | Greendale Town | Bob Montana
TV Series The Archie Show | Groovie Goolies | Josie and The Pussycats (TV series) | The New Archies | Archie's Weird Mysteries | Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series) | Sabrina: The Animated Series | Sabrina's Secret Life
Films Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again | Sabrina the Teenage Witch (film) | Sabrina Goes to Rome | Sabrina Down Under | Josie and The Pussycats
Music The Archies | "Sugar, Sugar" | Josie and The Pussycats (album) | The Veronicas | Jughead's Revenge
Other publications Mighty Comics | Red Circle Comics | Sonic The Hedgehog | Knuckles the Echidna | Sonic X | Sonic Spin City | Adventures of the Fly/Fly-Man | Mighty Crusaders | The Shield | Terrific Three | The Comet | Adventures of the Jaguar | The Web

  Results from FactBites:
The Fly (Archie Comics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (476 words)
His title would later be cancelled, then restarted as "Fly-Man" and camped up as the founding member of The Mighty Crusaders, a superhero group that appeared in Archie's Mighty Comics and later in their Red Circle Comics line.
During the Red Circle Comics period, the Fly got his own title that lasted 9 issues, from May, 1983 thru October, 1984.
The Fly would be one of the characters used in DC Comics revamp of the Archie characters in their !mpact comics line, and would be the least changed of all the characters.
Mighty Comics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (363 words)
Might Comics Group, sometimes referred to as "Archie Adventure Series" and "Radio Comics", refer to the attempt(s) by Archie Comics to revamp and publish superhero comics in the mid-1960s.
DC Comics viewed the character as too similar to Superman, and it was cancelled after 2 issues.
With the new popularity of Marvel Comics, Archie hired Superman creator Jerry Siegel to create a new line of over-the-top comics in a bad parody of Marvel stories, which got worse with the camp phase started by the new Batman TV series.
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