Red Circle comics was published by “Enwil,” a company that operated from 2747 W. Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Edwin Hamilton was acting proprietor. The business also operated under the Rural Home Publishing Co. label (a hodgepodge of “borderline” publishers which were even accused of using black market paper supplies at the end of World War II).
Seems they had a business “idea” (not unlike that of Green Publishing using MLJ reprints in some issues of Liberty Comics and Roly Poly Comics) of using a custom cover over remaindered copies and reselling them. Frankly, I’m not sure of legality of this either, but books included under the same Red Circle title with Leonard Starr artwork were as diverse as:
• BATMAN 61
• SUPERMAN 110
• WOMAN OUTLAWS
• CLAIRE VOYANT 1
• YOUNG LOVE
• CRIME DOES NOT PAY
• DIARY LOVES
• GI JOE 51
• LOVE CONFESSIONS
• LOVE LETTERS 21
The most common were:
• DOROTHY LAMOUR
Dorothy Lamour and Sabu were actually unpublished first released issues, perhaps picked up by Enwil for a song as undistributed regular series copies of these titles had been previously retired by the original publishers.
It is theorized based on the ads the remaindered copies used material prepared in 1945, but released by Enwil around 1950. Additional instances included Blazing Comics #5&6, , Blue Circle Comics #6, Great Comics #1, and Red Band comics.
The complete Enwil/Rural published list includes:
|Blazing Comics||1944||6 issues|
|Blue Circle Comics||1944||6 issues|
|Cannonball Comics||1945||2 issues|
|Eagle Comics||1945||2 issues|
|Laffy-Daffy Comics||1945||2 issues|
|Mask Comics||1945||2 issues|
|Meteor Comics||1945||1 issue|
|Pictorial Chuckles||1945||0 issues|
|Red Band Comics||1944||4 issues|
|Red Circle Comics||1945||5 issues|
|Taffy Comics||1945||2 issues|
Dorothy Lamour herself was one of the top five pin ups of the day, most associated with the “Road to” series of movies where she played straight person to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. She is also well remembered as “Ulah” in The Jungle Princess (1936). Image below is a historic picture of Dorothy Lamour with comic artist Gladys Parker.