Aristocrats of War
War is something Archie Andrews has seemed to avoid across the vast number of issues since his inception in 1941, I would assume because he and the gang have been perpetually stuck as high schoolers in Riverdale. However, Archie Comics have a few great war books under their belt, mostly as MLJ Enterprises or MLJ Magazines.
MLJ Magazines was founded in November 1939, and published under many variations of the name until changing their publishing name to the name of their headline character, Archie. Of note, the MLJ character is thought to be the 1st Patriotic Comic Character, being published roughly 14 months prior to Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s Captain America. The Shield made his debut in Pep Comics #1, and his Origin was presented in Shield-Wizard Comics #1. Interestingly, Captain America carried a very similar shield to The Shield’s logo, with Cap’s shield being changed to the familiar round version for his second appearance over plagiarism accusations.
Any ways, Mlj actually has a pretty rich collection of Patriotic or Ant-Axis Covers, and the list is pretty long. There are some absolutely great covers, some that are so-so, and some that are ultra-expensive (ahem….Pep #22).