Charlton vs Mighty MLJ

Two parallel universes from two silver age comic book publishers examined ad naseum!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Foreign Fridays: Zoot-Suit Special in the Up-Above

Bell Features was a  Canadian publisher known previously as Commercial Signs of Canada from 1939-1942. During the golden age they published original material as well as reprints for the Canadian marketplace until 1954.

Among the properities they acquired briefly was Fox's star the Blue Beetle, who was featured in two of their comic anthologies. Initially appearing in 1948's Surprising Adventures #11, the Beetle reappeared in 1950's Zoot #13.

Apparently, Bell Features were more enamored with properties originating from MLJ Comics aka Archie, publishing Archie Comics (six issues), Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (two issues), Archie's Pal Jughead Comics (one issue), and Archie's Rival Reggie (two issues). They even dipped into the pool of Quality Comics with reprints of Plastic Man and Police Comics.

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