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Was there ever a comic company named Red Circle? Many years ago (say
around 1983ish), when I was young and fairly ignorant about comics, I
remember some guy (who was a fairly good artist) telling me that he had
been hired by Red Circle Comics (or something like that), which was
either a new company or an old one that was coming back into
existence. He was going to be reviving an old character called The
Jaguar, I believe. Anyway, I'm just wondering if this guy was just
blowing smoke or if there was any truth to this.


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,!-- e -->, ,="mailto:davidstall...@my-deja.com">davidstall...@my-deja.com,!-- e --> wrote:
> Was there ever a comic company named Red Circle? Many years ago (say
> around 1983ish), when I was young and fairly ignorant about comics, I
> remember some guy (who was a fairly good artist) telling me that he had
> been hired by Red Circle Comics (or something like that), which was
> either a new company or an old one that was coming back into
> existence. He was going to be reviving an old character called The
> Jaguar, I believe. Anyway, I'm just wondering if this guy was just
> blowing smoke or if there was any truth to this.


red circle was the banner that the archie heroes were published under in the
early 80's. they had a promising start but quickly petered out. the jaguar
was published as a back-up in one of the titles, rudy nebres i believe was
the artist...he was inker for several of the covers.

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>Was there ever a comic company named Red Circle? Many years ago (say
>around 1983ish), when I was young and fairly ignorant about comics, I
>remember some guy (who was a fairly good artist) telling me that he had
>been hired by Red Circle Comics (or something like that), which was
>either a new company or an old one that was coming back into
>existence. He was going to be reviving an old character called The
>Jaguar, I believe. Anyway, I'm just wondering if this guy was just
>blowing smoke or if there was any truth to this.


I've actually seen issues of their comics: one of them was "Steel
Sterling".

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In article <8bo04t$6t...@nnrp1.deja.com>,
,!-- e -->, ,="mailto:davidstall...@my-deja.com">davidstall...@my-deja.com,!-- e --> wrote:
> Was there ever a comic company named Red Circle? Many years ago (say
> around 1983ish), when I was young and fairly ignorant about comics, I
> remember some guy (who was a fairly good artist) telling me that he
had
> been hired by Red Circle Comics (or something like that), which was
> either a new company or an old one that was coming back into
> existence. He was going to be reviving an old character called The
> Jaguar, I believe. Anyway, I'm just wondering if this guy was just
> blowing smoke or if there was any truth to this.

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Red Circle Comics was a division of Archie Comics, specializing (at
least in its 80s incarnation) in super-hero titles. There were several
titles published including The Black Hood, The Comet, The Fly, The
Original Shield, The Shield (confusing, yes, but the two Shields were
actually different characters), The Mighty Crusaders and Blue Ribbon
Comics, which was a direct-market only anthology title. The original
editor for the group was Rich Buckler. After about six months of low
sales, Buckler was dumped and the comics changed from "Red Circle"
to "Archie Adventure Series", and at the same time the price went down
from $1.00 to 75 cents. "The Shield" morphed into "Shield/Steel
Sterling" and then into just "Steel Sterling."

As I recall, the Jaguar was a backup feature in one of the titles
(can't recall which one just now) and the art was by a newcomer whose
name I don't remember. (I'm at my office, my collection isn't.
Sorry.) I'll try to look it up tonight and post again.


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In article <8bog85$pj...@nnrp1.deja.com>,



David <mclal...@my-deja.com> wrote:
> As I recall, the Jaguar was a backup feature in one of the titles
> (can't recall which one just now) and the art was by a newcomer whose
> name I don't remember. (I'm at my office, my collection isn't.
> Sorry.) I'll try to look it up tonight and post again.


Thanks everyone for the replies. The person who mentioned this stuff
to me long ago was named James Heifer (I might have the last name
spelled wrong). Since Red Circle and the Jaguar both existed, I
suppose this guy was telling the truth after all. But you said that
Red Circle didn't last very long--maybe they disappeared before this
guy ever got to do any work for the line. I haven't talked to him
since around 1983-1984 so who knows....
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In article <8bomga$q...@nnrp1.deja.com>,




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,!-- e -->, ,="mailto:davidstall...@my-deja.com">davidstall...@my-deja.com,!-- e --> wrote:
> In article <8bog85$pj...@nnrp1.deja.com>,
> David <mclal...@my-deja.com> wrote:
> > As I recall, the Jaguar was a backup feature in one of the titles
> > (can't recall which one just now) and the art was by a newcomer
whose
> > name I don't remember. (I'm at my office, my collection isn't.
> > Sorry.) I'll try to look it up tonight and post again.

> Thanks everyone for the replies. The person who mentioned this stuff
> to me long ago was named James Heifer (I might have the last name
> spelled wrong). Since Red Circle and the Jaguar both existed, I
> suppose this guy was telling the truth after all. But you said that
> Red Circle didn't last very long--maybe they disappeared before this
> guy ever got to do any work for the line. I haven't talked to him
> since around 1983-1984 so who knows....


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Just looked up the issues - the Jaguar was a back-up in The Fly, with
stories listed as by Charles Ward and art by Vicatan. It could be that
your friend's work didn't get published before the line floundered, or
it could be that he was working under a pseudonym (hardly a rarity.)
As was mentioned, the line of Red Circle/Archie Adventure lasted only a
little over a year, so I'm sure that some work was left in the can.

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Archie Comics used the Red Circle imprint twice: Once in the early 80s and
once before that in the mid-70s. They did some horror comics and an adaptation
of "The Super-Cops" (with Gray Morrow art). This was the same summer as Atlas
Comics, IIRC.
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