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You’ve heard of The Avengers. The Justice League. The X-Men, Teen Titans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders, The Legion of Superheroes. Even The Watchmen. But what if we told you that there was another team of colorfully clad heroes that you’ve never heard of who are equally as influential to comic books and the industry as a whole? Who is this mystery team, you ask? Archie Comics very own stable of masked heroes; The Mighty Crusaders!
During this five episodes podcast miniseries, we will breakdown the complete history of these unsung heroes from their beginnings in the late 1930’s with MLJ Comics, through their formative years at Archie and Red Circle to their current incarnations at Dark Circle Comics, and dive into the impact they have had on the world of comic books.
Welcome to part one of our series, where we’ll discuss the beginnings of these characters, take an in depth look at their first ten years in comics and celebrate the 80th anniversary of some of the greatest heroes you’ve likely never heard of as we go “All The Way, With MLJ”!
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Links from this Episode:
— My Big Fat Pull List on the Web http://mybigfatpulllist.com
— The Mighty Crusaders https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Crusaders
— MLJ Comics https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/MLJ_Comics
— Blue Ribbon Comics #1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ribbon_Comics
— Bob Phantom https://comicvine.gamespot.com/bob-phantom/4005-32329/
— The Phantom https://www.comicskingdom.com/phantom/about
— Top-Notch Comics #1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top-Notch_Comics
— The Wizard https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Wizard_(MLJ_1)
— Pep Comics #1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep_Comics
— The Shield https://comicvine.gamespot.com/the-shield/4005-32405/
— The Comet https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/John_Dickering_(Earth-MLJ)
— Steel Sterling https://comicvine.gamespot.com/steel-sterling/4005-32158/
— The Fox https://comicvine.gamespot.com/the-fox/4005-31394/
— Firefly https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Firefly_(MLJ)
— Inferno https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Inferno
— Top-Notch Comics #9 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Top-Notch_Comics_Vol_1_9
— The Black Hood https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Black_Hood_(MLJ)
— Blue Ribbon #9 https://comics.ha.com/itm/golden-age-1938-1955-/superhero/blue-ribbon-comics-9-mlj-1941-cgc-vf-85-off-white-to-white-pages/a/828-41117.s
— Mr. Justice https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Mr._Justice
— Pep Comics #17 http://majorspoilers.com/2011/11/06/retro-review-pep-comics-17-july-1941/
— The Hangman https://pdsh.fandom.com/wiki/Hangman
— Zip Comics #27 https://comicvine.gamespot.com/zip-comics-27/4000-144820/
— The Web https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_(comics)
— Super (film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1512235/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
— James Gunn https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0348181/?ref_=tt_ov_dr
— Jackpot Comics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackpot_Comics
— The Black Hood Radio Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAOrD_txMhk
— Pep Comics #22 https://comicvine.gamespot.com/pep-comics-22/4000-137602/
— Pep Comics #65 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Pep_Comics_Vol_1_65
— Top-Notch Comics #5 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Top-Notch_Comics_Vol_1_5
— Marvel Mystery Comics #8 https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Marvel_Mystery_Comics_Vol_1_8
— Rik Offenberger https://www.facebook.com/rik.offenberger
— The Mighty Crusaders Network https://www.mightycrusaders.net/
— The MLJ Companion https://www.amazon.com/MLJ-Companion-Complete-History-Super-Heroes/dp/1605490679
— The Shield G-Man Club https://www.facebook.com/groups/shieldgmanclub/
Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:
— What era of comics were YOU introduced to the MLJ characters? We Want To Know!
— Do YOU know any trivia about these never heard from, but highly historical comic characters? Tell us now!
–Can YOU name a comic book character from the golden age that started out as a villain but turned into a hero before Inferno? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!
— What comic book or comic book character would YOU like us to do a Podcast Mini Series on? Give Us YOUR View
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Blessed with an overactive imagination, Nick spent his early years absorbing as much pop culture as possible. From comic books to television, films, sci-fi, fantasy, horror – if it was great storytelling, he assimilated it! His fascination with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel Comics X-Men drove him to become an avid reader of all literature and a devoted comic collector at the age of eleven! Even though Nick enjoyed most comic book related material, his deep passion for all things “mutant” led to his alter ego being formed, the Uncanny Mister X! In recent years, Nick has co-founded his own comic book company, Archlight Comics, a film company, Archlight Studios, and has become a skilled podcaster and podcast editor. Mister X has taken all of Nick’s talents and found an outlet for his mad ramblings… the My Big Fat Pull List podcast!
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Just a common man, working hard with his hands, Jacob Petri has always had an eclectic taste in the world of pop culture. As a child, Jacob read comics, watched Saturday morning cartoons, enjoyed televised sports entertainment, played video games and collected trading cards and action figures. As an adult, he took his love of over the top theatrics and parlayed that into a mediocre Pro-Wrestling career, as he believed Pro-Wrestling was the closest he could get to live action comic books.
As Pistol Danger, he’s used his knowledge and skill both in the ring and on the internet, navigating video games during Let’s Plays and dishing out advice about the wrestling business. Needing to conquer new forms of entertainment, Pistol Danger has turned to podcasting, hoping to educate people on the finer points of geek culture, from comic books to films and everything in between.
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Born with the ambition to one day be a professional football player and then join the military, Sean Murphy was always drawn towards hero based cartoons such as G.I. Joe and the X-Men. Sadly, those dreams were crushed after a terrible accident while playing street football. Sean learned that he was born with missing bones in his feet and his doctors informed him that he wouldn’t be able to play pro football let alone join the military. Missing out on being the hero he wanted to be, Sean turned towards the heroes he knew and loved… comic book superheroes!
As his teenage years turned to adulthood, Sean found a deep love for pop culture. Taking part in role-playing games, cosplaying as his favorite characters at conventions, Sean even worked at a comic book shop for over a decade. His need to absorb geek culture and fun facts earned him the nickname Smurphy. A fun-loving and sometimes socially clueless podcaster, Smurphy is eager to pass on all he knows and then some.
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