Thursday, 7 April 2016
Archie's "Mighty" superheroes in Alan Class comics
The great thing about picking up comics published by Alan Class is the sheer variety of "Silver Age" material that these contained and despite their horror orientated titles, they actually ran superheroes from a variety of sources.
One of my favourites back in the sixties and seventies were the Archie line of Superheroes that briefly appeared under the "Mighty Comic Group" label for a while in an unsuccessful attempt to emulate Marvels success.
Some of the stories are outrageously camp and corny featuring The Fly (a creation of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby that pre-dated Spider-Man), The Shield (a patriotic hero that pre-dates Captain America), The Hangman, The Black Hood, The Fox and who could forget the hen-pecked hero The Web whose nagging wife wanted him to hang up his cape.
All these stories and more were published at random across Alan's range of black & white anthologies that were such good value for a shilling when pocket money was so limited for us kids.
Added to these stories of super heroics were mystery and horror stories from a wide range of US publishers such as Charlton, AC and Marvel.
Other companies heroes appeared here. Reprints of Early Fantastic Four, Avengers, Spider-Man plus Tower's T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and King Features Mandrake, Phantom also appeared randomly across the line.
Each and every issue contained surprises and are well worth collecting