MLJ Red Circle Comics
MLJ Comics was named after its three creators first initials: Morris Coyne, Louis Silberkleit and John Goldwater. Today, it is doing business as Archie Comics, named for its flagship character, Archie Andrews. The collective hero stock was known as "Red Circle".
During the superhero boom of the 1940s, MLJ produced various titles featuring their own superheroes, including the first patriotic-themed superhero The Shield and an early "magic ring" hero, The Fly, created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby under its "RADIO COMICS" imprint in 1959. Archie tried reviving the Red Circle several times before giving up on it. In 1991, the superheroes were licensed by DC for their Impact Comics imprint. Attribution