Monday, July 28, 2008

The Mighty Crusaders Head to the DC Universe

Archie Comics' perennial low rent superheroes, the Mighty Crusaders are about to get a new lease on life, courtesy once again of DC Comics. DC have already had a try and a miss at these guys with the 90's !MPACT comics line, a short-lived reboot/revamp of the Shield, the Fly, The Comet, and the Web. The Archie heroes had their origins in the 1940's, and have been a perpetually mediocre performer for the teen-humor publisher after the initial boom, so I'm not surprised they just sold the lot. Buyouts are nothing new to DC, who have built their universe on acquired properties. What is new is that they haven't done this since they picked up the Charlton characters way back when. Unlike the !MPACT line, the next versions of the characters will retain their classic looks and will be fully integrated into the DC universe via team-ups with Batman in the pages of The Brave and the Bold. I'm not sure if they'll be brand new, or shoehorned into old stories, but I'm intrigued enough to check it out.









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4 comments:

joe bloke said...

actually, that looks pretty cool. i'm glad they'll be trying them out in the Brave & the Bold first, though. it's the perfect book for this sort of thing. looking forward to this, a lot.

Swinebread said...

play it straight and it could work.

So does this mean that DC the bought characters permanently?

Brian Hughes said...

No, they are licensing them from Archie Comics. I'm not sure how much DC can do with the characters.

Calum said...

nice to see a mention of this, still, my inner pedant has a couple of things to say here, nothing personal!

"!MPACT comics line, a short-lived reboot/revamp of the Shield, the Fly, The Comet, and the Web."
and the black hood and the jaguar, remember (not to mention the rubbish crusaders team book)

"The Archie heroes had their origins in the 1940's,"
hmm, not the jaguar or the fly, but yes, Archie (or MLJ back then) were publishing these heroes early in the 40s, and scored a number of firsts. The shield inspired Captain America for example, and The Comet was the first comic book hero to really die in Pep #17, and in the same issue, his brother becomes the Hangam, the first superhero to follow in a family member's footsteps.

"so I'm not surprised they just sold the lot."
i would be, except they haven't. Archie still owns the rights to these characters except The Fly.

"What is new is that they haven't done this since they picked up the Charlton characters way back when."
really? what about the recent Spirit franchise? I was surprised at this though, i thought DC had published more buyout characters recently but it seems they just regurgitate old ones like Captain Marvel, The Freedom Fighters and Plastic Man.

Anyway, sorry to be so pedantic. Thanks for mentioning the MLJ/Archie Adventure heroes here!