MLJ Magazines[ edit ] — The company name was derived from the initials of the partners' first names. Coyne and Silberkleit had been partners in Columbia Publishing, a pulp company that published its last pulp in the late s.
Silberkleit had a college degree from St. John's University , was a licensed and registered pharmacist, and had a law degree from New York Law School. His efforts were focused on the business, printing, separating, distribution and financial ends of the company. John Goldwater served as editor-in-chief. Goldwater was one of the founders of the Comics Magazine Association of America , and he served as its president for 25 years. Goldwater was also a national commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League.
Top Notch Comics was launched in December Until March , the cover feature of Pep was the Shield when Archie took over the cover. Siberkleit and Coyne discontinued Columbia Publications. Warren was unable to recall the magazine,  but he agreed to settle out of court rather than risk an expensive lawsuit.
Archie Comics found their appearance still too close to its copyrighted properties, and threatened another lawsuit. Kurtzman and Elder settled out of court by handing over the copyright to the story.
Archie Comics held onto the copyright and refused to allow the story to be republished. A request from Denis Kitchen in to include the story in his Goodman Beaver reprint collection was turned down. This imprint ended in These comics used Archie and his friends to tell stories with strong Christian themes and morals, sometimes incorporating Bible scripture. In at least one instance, the regular characters meet a Christ-like figure on the beach, and listen as he gently preaches Christian values.
The company revived that imprint in the s for its brief line of superheroes comics. The day before the play was scheduled to open, Archie Comics issued a cease and desist order, threatening litigation if the play proceeded as written.
Dad's Garage artistic director Sean Daniels said, "The play was to depict Archie and his pals from Riverdale growing up, coming out and facing censorship.
Archie Comics thought if Archie was portrayed as being gay, that would dilute and tarnish his image. Archie Comics and Sire Records The Veronicas's record label reached a settlement involving co-promotion.
Archie Comics saw its graphic novel and collected edition output increase from 11 book titles that year to 33 in , and 40 in The series featured two different storylines exploring two possible futures — a world where Archie marries Betty and a world where he marries Veronica.
The series also incorporated more contemporary themes including death, marriage woes, same-sex marriage, cancer, financial problems and gun control. The first wave included the superheroes the Black Hood, the Fox, and the Shield. The a mature-readers title introduced policer officer Gregory Hettinger, the new Black Hood, who struggles with an addiction to painkillers as a result of a shooting outside a school in Philadelphia. The company stated that the three titles would still be published at a later time.
Also announced was Life with Kevin , a digital-first mini-series that debuted in June