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SHIELD by Mark Lester

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The Shield G-Man Club 
Did you Know...?, Scoop, Friday, October 11, 2002 


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The Official card for members of The Shield G-Man Club. Photo supplied by Harry Matetsky

The Shield G-Man Club
Did you Know...?, Scoop, Friday, October 11, 2002

Many people have recognized The Shield as the first patriotic superhero, but did you know the Shield G-Man Club ran from 1941 until 1948? Truth, justice, patriotism and courage were represented by the four stars on the Shield's extraordinary uniform - the uniform that gave him all his powers - and his true identity, Joe Higgins, was only known by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. And based on the exploits of the MLJ Magazines hero, the Shield G-Man Club was first advertised in Pep Comics #15. It offered a red, white and blue badge and membership card in exchange for a 2 stamp (those were the days!). Unlike other such clubs, like U.S. Jones for example (See Scoop, 8-23-02 for more), which concentrated on homeland defense, the Shield's club's theme was more geared towards crime fighting (and it encouraged members to write in with their law enforcement experiences).

There were two varieties of the Shield badge. The first, introduced with the beginning of the club, was 1 3/4", and the second, introduced in 1943, was slightly smaller at 1 1/4".

In 1948, with many superhero comics on the wane and MLJ's Archie titles on the way up, the dissolution of the Shield G-Man Club was announced. Pep Comics #66 carried the message that the club would be known as the Archie Club. Members were requested to send in their membership cards in exchange for which they were to receive a new Archie Club button free of charge (New members could join for 10 -- you just knew the 2 was too good to last!). This should help explain why the membership cards from the Shield G-Man Club are so hard to find and so prized by collectors today!


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The envelope your club materials arrived in

  

The first Shield pin, featuring a blue rim, measured 1 3/4"


The second Shield pin measured 1 1/4"

  
  
  

Above and below: a selection of "Shield-Wizard" comics

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

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All other material 2002 respective copyright holders. All rights reserved.

THE SHIELD:

AMERICA'S 1st

PATRIOTIC COMICBOOK HERO

THE GOLDEN AGE

THE SILVER AGE

RED CIRCLE YEARS

THE !MPACT YEARS

EVERYTHING ELSE

 

 
AMAZING BOY

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BLACK HOOD II

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BOBBY BELL

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DARKLING

DOC REEVES

DOC STRONG

DUSTY

FALCON

FIREBALL

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FIREFLY

FIREFLY ii

FLY

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FLY GIRL

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FOX

FOX II

GHOST FOX

GREEN COBRA

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HANGMAN

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HERCULES

INFERNO

JAGUAR

JAGUAR II

KALTHAR

KARDAK

LADY SHIELD

MADAM SATAN

MARVEL

MIGHTY CRUSADERS

MISTER JUSTICE

MISTER MIDNIGHT

MISTER SATAN

NEVADA JONES
NEW CRUSADERS

O VINGADOR

POW-GIRL

PRESS GUARDIAN

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
RANG-A-TANG

RED RUBE

RED RUBE II

ROCKET

ROY

SCARLET AVENGER

SHADOW

SHE-FOX

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SHIELD

SHIELD II

SHIELD III

SHIELD IV

SHIELD V

SHIELD VI

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STEEL STERLING

STEEL STERLING II

TURAN

TY-GOR
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WEB

WEB II

WEB III

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ZAMBINI

 

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