MLJ Archives

The Web in Zip Comics #27 (MLJ, 1942).
A well-remembered MLJ superhero due to his spider web-themed costume, the Web debuted in Zip Comics #27, cover-dated July 1942 The character was created by artist John Cassone and an unknown writer, possibly Zip Comics series editor Harry Shorten The Web was a criminologist who used the principle that a criminal can always be caught[...]
Pep Comics featuring the Comet.
Although you may not have heard of him, MLJ Magazines' the Comet has one of the most interesting story arcs of the Golden Age — and he likely inspired one of the X-Men in the process The Comet was created by Jack Cole, the writer/artist best known for creating Plastic Man The character ran in[...]
Blue Ribbon Comics featuring Captain Flag and Yank (MLJ, 1941)
A patriotic superhero with a weird helmet and an intelligent eagle sidekick? That sounds like Peacemaker and Eagly of course, but before that, MLJ's Captain Flag and his amazing eagle sidekick named Yank also fit that description Captain Flag and Yank made their first appearance in Blue Ribbon Comics #16, cover-dated September 1941, in a[...]
Shield-Wizard Comics #11 (MLJ, 1943)
Shield-Wizard Comics #11 is a stand-out horror cover of this unique MLJ Magazines series Though a little-known name in comics history, cover artist Clem Weisbecker (sometimes known simply as "Clem") worked in comics from about 1941 to 1943 for publishers including MLJ Magazines, Marvel/Timely, and Fawcett Publications He often combined superheroics or adventure with horror[...]
Pep Comics #41 featuring Archie (MLJ, 1943)
Not only had he gotten his own series, Archie Comics, the previous winter, but he took over the covers of Pep Comics from the Shield, Hangman, and other MLJ superheroes with Pep Comics #41 A moment that helped show just how big Archie was becoming in the comic book industry, there's a Pep Comics #41[...]
Zip Comics #2 featuring the Black Knight (MLJ, 1940)
One of the MLJ superhero line's most interesting bad guys, The Black Knight was a powerful and dangerous supervillain who debuted in Zip Comics #1 and returned for revenge in Zip Comics #2 — and beyond "The Death-Master of the Underworld" as he was called, the Black Knight was a ruthless leader and super-scientist with[...]
Pep Comics #12 featuring the debut of Fireball (MLJ, 1941)
The character Fireball, who debuted in Pep Comics #12, was MLJ's answer to Marvel's Human Torch The company that became Marvel, Timely Publications, had debuted the Human Torch in its first comic book, Marvel Comics #1, initially cover-dated October 1939 The Human Torch character continued to be cover-featured often on Marvel Mystery Comics and got[...]
Zip Comics #25 (MLJ, 1942)
Combat #59 story about the exploits of a soldier and former major leaguer nicknamed "Boy Wonder."  But the Zip Comics #25 Steel Sterling story written by Kanigher and drawn by Irv Novick holds its own among these strange baseball stories, and it seems to have been inspired by the 1941 World Series between the Brooklyn[...]
Top-Notch Comics #7 (MLJ, 1940)
Two weeks after Timely/Marvel's landmark crossover between the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner in Marvel Mystery Comics #9, publisher MLJ Magazines paired up two of their top characters of that moment, the Wizard and the Shield in Top-Notch Comics #7 Marvel Mystery Comics #9 is one of the most sought-after comics of the Golden Age,[...]
Jackpot Comics #6 (MLJ, 1942). Early Archie Andrews appearance.
Jackpot Comics was an early anthology comic book series published by MLJ Magazines during the Golden Age, which featured some of the publisher's most popular characters from other titles.  That group of characters originally included Steel Sterling, Black Hood, Sergeant Boyle, and Mr Justice, by creators including Charles Biro, Irv Novick, Ed Camy, and Sam[...]
Black Hood #19 (MLJ, 1946)
One of publisher MLJ's pre-Archie superheroes, the Black Hood was arguably one of the most interesting superheroes of the Golden Age.  He certainly had an unusual publishing history during that time The character first appeared in Top-Notch Comics #9, took that title over, started getting elbowed aside in the Top-Notch series 18 issues later in[...]
Blue Ribbon Comics #10 featuring Mr. Justice (MLJ, 1941)
The character may not be the best known of the pre-Archie MLJ Magazines superheroes, but he is definitely one of the most fascinating Created by writer Joe Blair and artist Sam Cooper, Mr Justice was very obviously MLJ's answer to the Spectre He is essentially a spirit who hauntingly enacts justice on those who have[...]
Top-Notch Comics #5 (MLJ, 1940)
He was the earliest cover star of Top-Notch Comics series, the second title launched by MLJ Magazines, the publisher who would eventually become known for Archie The Wizard was created by Will Harr and Edd Ashe, Jr and is the decedent of a long line of men who have fought for America in wartime He[...]
Hangman Comics #7 (MLJ, 1943)
MLJ Magazines' superhero lineup tended towards horror-themed stories during the Golden Age, and the nature of the Hangman character lent itself to horrific themes more than most In a story by stand-out artist Bob Fujitani, Hangman Comics #7 tells the saga of a disgruntled scientist who teams up with a gangster to unleash a pandemic[...]
Zip Comics #17 featuring the last Scarlet Avenger (MLJ, 1941)
Best known as the publisher who debuted Archie and the rest of the gang of Riverdale during the Golden Age, MLJ Magazines was better than most publishers at navigating the rapidly evolving industry of that era The character the Scarlet Avenger was a good example of that Zip Comics #17 featured the end of the[...]