Impact Comics

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Impact Comics
Impact Comics logo
Parent company DC Comics
Status defunct (1993)
Founded 1991
Successor DC's Red Circle line
Country of origin United States
Publication types Comics
Fiction genres superheroes

Impact Comics was an imprint of DC Comics that was aimed at younger audiences. It began in 1991 and ended in 1993. (The initial "I" in the logo looked like an exclamation point, but the name of the imprint was not !mpact.)

Impact's titles featured the adventures of revamped versions of superheroes licensed from Archie Comics including the Fly, the Comet, the Shield, the Jaguar, the Web, and the Black Hood. Changes included making the new Jaguar a woman and making the Web an organization instead of a solo hero. This was the third attempt to revive the old Archie heroes, after the Mighty Comics line of the 1960s and the Red Circle line of comics in the early 1980s.

In an effort to reach out to kids who were not aware of the direct market system, DC Comics attempted to sell Impact Comics titles through newsstands, however that never happened. The imprint eventually collapsed due to poor sales. A final series The Crucible was initially intended to relaunch the line, but instead served as its finale.[1] Archie Comics relicensed their superheroes to DC in 2008[2] [3] before re-launching them as part of its own digital Red Circle/Dark Circle imprint in 2012.



  • American Crusaders (Original Shield, Captain Commando, Firefly, Doc Strong, and Black Witch) [50s superhero team]
  • American Shield
  • Black Hoods
  • Black Jack
  • Black Witch
  • Bob Phantom
  • Captain Commando
  • Comet
  • Crusaders (Shield, Fly, Comet, Jaguar, Fireball, and The Web)
  • Doc Strong
  • Dusty (sidekick of Original Shield)
  • Fireball
  • Firefly
  • The Fly
  • Fox
  • Hangman
  • Jaguar
  • Original Shield
  • Shield (Joe Higgins)
  • Shield (Michael Barnes)
  • Shield Kid
  • Steel Sterling
  • The Web (now a group)


  1. ^ McLelland, Ryan. "DC’s Impact Imprint: A Look Back". Sequart Organization. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "SDCC '08 - DCU: A Guide to Your Universe Panel", Newsarama, July 26, 2008. Accessed July 29, 2008
  3. ^ "SDCC '08 JMS Talks DC's Brave & the Bold... and Archie???", Newsarama, July 26, 2008. Accessed July 29, 2008

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