History of the Mighty Crusaders – Episode 3 – “The Red Circle Relaunch!”


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!

Welcome to part three of our special five part mini series, this time revisiting one of the most beloved relaunches of The Mighty Crusaders, The Red Circle Comics line! We’ll investigate the impact this run had on a generation of comic fans and creators; analyze the line’s unfortunate fall and cancelation and examine The Mighty Crusaders influence on Alan Moore’s Watchmen as we jump into the 80’s with “The Red Circle Relaunch!”

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— The Mighty Crusaders https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mighty_Crusaders

— Archlight Entertainment New Website COMING SOON

— Four Color Eulogy https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3485972/

— “Color Me” Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pZFK1RPHbA

— Red Circle Investigations: A Mighty Crusaders Fan Film https://www.facebook.com/MightyCrusadersFanFilm/

— Bronze Age Of Comics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze_Age_of_Comic_Books

— Archie’s Red Circle Comics https://comicvine.gamespot.com/red-circle/4010-235/

— THUNDER Agents https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ComicBook/THUNDERAgents

— Mighty Crusaders #1 1983  https://www.hipcomic.com/listing/all-new-adventures-of-the-mighty-crusaders-1-1983-fly-shield-jaguar-vf/2681244

— Neal Adams http://nealadams.com/

— Alex Toth https://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/alex-toth

— Mighty Crusaders Action Figures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKWPtRZpU0c

— Remco Toys https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remco

— Darkling https://comicvine.gamespot.com/darkling/4005-32330/

— Doc Reeves https://www.mightycrusaders.net/doc-reeves/

— Deadly Force https://www.mightycrusaders.net/deadly-force/

— Spectrum Comics https://www.mightycrusaders.net/archie-launches-spectrum-comics/

— Len Wein https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len_Wein

— Steve Englehart http://www.comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=411

— Kelly Jones http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=163

— Jim Valentino https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Valentino

— Rob Liefeld https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Creator/RobLiefeld

— Alan Moore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Moore

— Watchmen https://www.dccomics.com/characters/watchmen

Calls to the Audience Inside this Episode:

— Were YOU a fan of the Red Circle run of comics from Archie? We Want To Know!

— What are YOUR thoughts on the darker tone of the Spectrum line of MLJ books?  Tell us now!

— Do YOU have any fond memories of the character Darkling? Share YOUR Thoughts With Us!

— How do YOU feel knowing that Alan Moore’s Watchmen could have been based around the Mighty Crusaders? Give Us YOUR View

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