(July 1983)

Archie, 1983 Series
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Volume
1
Price
1.00 USD; 1.25 CAD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Red Circle Productions Inc.
Brand
Red Circle Comics Group [1980's]
Editing
Robin Snyder (Editor); Victor Gorelick (Production Manager); Richard H. Goldwater (Editor-in-Chief)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

The original Shield is written out as of this issue and doesn't re-appear with the Crusaders again until #9. Snyder credit per Gary Usher's Robin Snyder Comic Book List. Previous indexer credited Rich Buckler.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Mighty Crusaders / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks
Rich Buckler (signed); Rudy Nebres (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I Have Destroyed The Crusaders!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Mighty Crusaders [Shield [Lancelot Strong]; the Shield [Joe Higgins]; Jaguar; Fly Girl; The Fly; Darkling]; the Hangman

Indexer Notes

Front cover is from Darkling's point-of-view. The back cover is the same scene from Hangman's point-of-view. Nebres inks on the back cover.

Crusader Comments (Table of Contents: 1)

letters page / 1.6 pages (report information)

Script
Robin Snyder
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Located on the inside front cover and continued on the inside back cover.

Atlantis Rising Final Chapter: The Darkling Ingredient (Table of Contents: 2)

Mighty Crusaders / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script
Rich Buckler
Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Ricardo Villagran
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
O'Shaw [Rod Ollerenshaw ?]

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mighty Crusaders [Shield [Lancelot Strong]; the Fly; Fly Girl; the Web; Jaguar; the Comet; Black Hood; Shield [Joe Higgins]; Darkling]; Brain Emperor; Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts (androids of the Hangman, Bob Phantom, The Fox, Steel Sterling, Blackjack, Captain Flag, Firefly under Eterno's control)
Synopsis
As Eterno's androids take the defeated Crusaders to Atlantis, the Shield, the Web, and the Black Hood regroup to save their fellow Crusaders with some unexpected help: the Comet, now sporting his original outfit and powers, and Darkling, a mysterious woman with the ability to teleport. Together they save their other members, then defeat Eterno. Darkling joins the Crusaders just as the Comet quits for personal reasons.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Introduction and first appearance of Darkling, who joins the Crusaders. This is a character who was and is still owned by Rich Buckler.

Chapter 1 American Shield (Table of Contents: 3)

Original Shield / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Martin L. Greim
Pencils
Dick Ayers
Inks
Tony deZuniga
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
Victor Gorelick

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Shield [Joe Higgins]; Don Phelps (FBI agent); Boroff (a Russian spy); Delta 3; Mighty Crusaders [Black Hood; Jaguar; Web; Comet; Fly; Fly Girl; Shield [Joe Higgins]; Shield [Lancelot Strong](cameo, all as a picture on a monitor)]
Synopsis
Joe Higgins and Don Phelps stop Boroff - an old Russian spy-- from getting a secret map for a mysterious organization called Delta 3.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is Joe Higgins, who is later revealed to be the father of Bill Higgins, the 1960s Shield. Story continues in issues #4-6.

The Darkling Ingredient (Table of Contents: 4)

Mighty Crusaders / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks
Rudy Nebres (signed)
Colors
Barry Grossman
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Mighty Crusaders [Fly Girl; the Fly; Jaguar; The Shield [Joe Higgins]; the Shield [Lancelot Strong]; Darkling]; the Hangman

Indexer Notes

Front cover done from Hangman's point of view.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["I Have Destroyed The Crusaders!"]
    Mighty Crusaders
  2. 1. Crusader Comments
  3. 2. Atlantis Rising Final Chapter: The Darkling Ingredient
    Mighty Crusaders
  4. 3. Chapter 1 American Shield
    Original Shield
  5. 4. The Darkling Ingredient
    Mighty Crusaders
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Thomas Johnson
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Nick Caputo
  • Gregg Whitmore
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Katie
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Gregory Fischer
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bob Klein
  • Gregg Whitmore