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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!
Join us now for part two of our special five part mini-series where we dive into the first revival of the MLJ characters with Mighty Comics, investigate the strange way they both influenced and were influenced by the early Marvel Comics and discover how The Mighty Crusaders were formed in a budding industry with “Too Many Superheroes”!
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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
— Gold Key Comics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Key_Comics
— Doc Savage pulp novels https://thepulp.net/the-links/docsavage/
— Silver Age of Comics https://www.cosmiccomics.vegas/latest-news/the-history-of-silver-age-comic-books/
— Showcase #4 https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Showcase_Vol_1_4
— Godzilla https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047034/?ref_=nv_sr_6?ref_=nv_sr_6
— The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045546/?ref_=nv_sr_5?ref_=nv_sr_5
— The Double Life Of Private Strong #1 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/The_Double_Life_of_Private_Strong_Vol_1
— Lancelot Strong https://www.mightycrusaders.net/shield-lancelot-strong/
— Joe Simon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Simon
— Jack Kirby https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kirby
— The Adventures Of The Fly #1 https://www.comics.org/issue/15137/
— The Adventures of The Jaguar #1 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Adventures_of_the_Jaguar_Vol_1
— Cat Girl https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Lydia_Fellin_(Earth-MLJ)
— The Adventures of The Jaguar #5 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Adventures_of_the_Jaguar_Vol_1_5
— Fly Girl https://superheroes.fandom.com/wiki/Flygirl
— The Adventures of The Fly #14 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Adventures_of_the_Fly_Vol_1_14
— The Anti-Fly League https://comicvine.gamespot.com/the-anti-fly-league/4060-57279/characters/
— The Adventures of The Fly #21 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Adventures_of_the_Fly_Vol_1_21
— The Comet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_(Archie_Comics)
— The Adventures of The Fly #30 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Adventures_of_the_Fly_Vol_1_30
— Fly Man #31 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Fly_Man_Vol_1_31
— George Tuska https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Tuska
— The Mighty Crusaders #1 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Mighty_Crusaders_Vol_1
— Brain Emperor https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Brain_Emperor_(Earth-MLJ)
— The Mighty Crusaders #4 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Mighty_Crusaders_Vol_1_4
— Mighty Comics Presents #40 https://archiecomics.fandom.com/wiki/Mighty_Comics_Vol_1_40
— Neal Adams https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_Adams
Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:
— Do YOU have any insight into why “The Double Life Of Private Strong” didn’t have The Shield in its title? We Want To Know!
— Do YOU know why the early Silver Age Crusaders titles were published under the banner of Radio Comics? Tell us now!
— Do YOU know who the artists were for the Silver Age MLJ characters? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!
— What characters were YOU most impressed with during this first relaunching of the MLJ heroes and villains?? 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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