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Citren News Co. of Canada’s barely legal reprint of an American comic book feature… Harry Shorten & Irv Novick’s S.H.I.E.L.D. formula & fluoroscopic ray empowered F.B.I. superhero …The Shield (aka Joe Higgins) & adopted sidekick Dusty the Spectacular Boy Detective…skirted the wartime embargo on American comics. Competitor Anglo-American Publishing paid Canadian artists to redraw U.S. comics but here someone just slapped a king and country Union Jack  over Shield’s original stars and stripes  on American comic art for its reprint of Archie publisher MLJ’s Pep Comics #11 (1941) as its Super Comics #1 (1942)

Canadian reprint of an American superhero comic book feature from Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22 (1941) from U.S. publisher MLJ (Archie Comics). An unknown writer & Harry Lucey’s revenge The Hangman (aka Robert “Bob” Dickering) was the brother of another MLJ superhero, The Comet (aka John Dickering). He watched his brother die & thus swore vengeance against all criminals…announcing his presence with a Batsignal like flashlight that projected a silhouette of gallows.

Canadian reprint of an American comicbook feature from Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22 (1941) from MLJ (Archie Comics)…Harry Shorten & Lin Streeter’s fairytale fantasy adventure …Danny in Wonderland…followed young Danny & his fairyland sidekick Kupkake in surreal adventures.

Canadian #reprint of an American comic book feature from Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22(1941) from MLJ (Archie Comics)… Abner Sundell’s tall dark and handsome American aviation hero, who enlisted with Britain’s Royal Air Force to become Sergeant Boyle…a pilot with a #cartoonysidekick Captain Twerp (written here by Bob Wood & drawn by Carl Hubbell).

Canadian #reprint of an American comic book feature from Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22 (1941) from MLJ (Archie Comics)… Joe Blair & Ed Smalle’s aviation heroes with Britain’s Royal Air Force Jolly Roger…an American pilot with a flight team called the Sky Pirates made up of sturdy Scotsman C.T. Price, Englishman Frank Root & Aussie Marty Martin.

Canadian #reprint of an American comic book feature from Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22 (1941) from MLJ (Archie Comics)…Canucks got to meet Bob Montana & Vic Bloom’s all American boy from Riverdale… (*U.S. comics were banned in Canada from Mar 1941… 9 mos. before the debut of)… Archie Andrews… along with his new neighbour Betty Cooper & his best pal Jughead Jones.

Canadian reprint of an American comic book feature from Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22 (1941) from MLJ (Archie Comics)…Harry Shorten & Art Seymour’s wartime boxing hero …Kayo Ward!

From Toronto’s Citren News Co.’s Super Comics #1 (1942) which reprinted Pep Comics #22 (1941) from MLJ (Archie Comics)… Joe Blair & Paul Reinman’s British…Bentley of Scotland Yard…in “The Case of the Sea Serpent”