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Archie Comics, originally known as MLJ Comics, after its three founders, soon took the name of its most popular character, a teen named Archie Andrews, who debuted in Pep Comics #22, 1941 in a story drawn by Bob Montana.

While Archie Comics is best known for its comic books featuring Archie and/or other "Riverdale" characters, their output has never been limited to those characters. Archie published stories with a number of superhero characters, including The Shield (a patriotic hero who actually predates the more popular Captain America), the Hangman, the Fly, the Jaguar, and others. Starting in the early 1970s, these and other "non-Riverdale" titles have often been published under the "Red Circle" imprint. Archie has also published a number of licensed titles over the years, such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures.note  The two most successful non-Archie original titles have been Sabrina and Josie and the Pussycats, both of which were spin-offs of the original Riverdale series. Both of those comics spawned fairly popular animated series, and while the film version of Josie was unsuccessful, Sabrina the Teenage Witch was one of the most popular teen sitcoms of the late 90s / early 2000s. In 2015, a live-action television series, Riverdale, began development at The CW. It began airing in 2016.


Archie Comics pushed for the creation of The Comics Code, and more or less ran it for the entirety of its existence. Archie was the last publisher officially adhering to the Code when it ceased to exist in early 2011.note  Unofficially, they had stopped following it decades earlier, but nobody noticed because things like sex, drugs, or violence were never really part of the Archie universe anyway.

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