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Before Archie Comics got its current name, it was known as MLJ Comics. Like most other comic book publishers, it published a large number of superhero titles. The company can claim credit for several superhero comics "firsts" - the first patriotic hero, the first time a superhero died in action and the first crossover storyline ever.

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"But wait," you may be wondering. "Wasn't Human Torch/Namor fight from Marvel Mystery Comics #8-9 the first crossover?" And you would be close - but you would be wrong. The Human Torch/Namor crossover began in June 1940. This crossover began one month earlier. And while the Human Torch/Namor crossover took place over the course of two months, this storyline took four.

And, since the whole thing is in public domain, I can post the crossover in its entirety.

Since most people reading this have no idea who the characters involved are, here is a quick primer:

The Shield was Joe Higgins, a chemist who used his father's research to develop S.H.I.E.L.D formula, which enhanced his physical abilities to superhuman level. He used the formula and the armored costume of his own design to fight against foreign and domestic threats under the direct orders of J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI and the only person who knew his true identity.

The Wizard was Blaine Whitney, a member of influential, patriotic New York family that served America in some way or another for as long as the country existed. When he was a child, he decided to push his mental abilities to the limit, gaining photographic memory, hypnosis, telepathy and clairvoyance. He was also a skilled inventor. For reasons that are not all clear in the story, he pretended to be a useless playboy and kept his extraordinary abilities a secret from anyone but his brother, the member of the secret service.

The West Pointer was Keith Cornell, a cadet in the famous West Point military academy. The Midshipman was Lee Sampson, a young Navy cadet. They didn't have any powers or secret identities - the only reason why they were in this crossover was because they adventures were back-up features in the comic that starred the Wizard and the Shield, respectively.

The following story originally appeared in Top-Notch Comics #5. Writing by Will Harr, art by Edd Ashe.


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Will the Wizard and the Shield be able to stop the Mosconians master plan? And what about the West Pointer and the Midshipman? Find out in the next installment of the MOSCONIAN INVASION.

And, as a bonus - the ad for the crossover from Top-Notch Comics #4

Top-Notch Comics 04 - Crossover Ad

Date: 2011-10-11 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wonderwomanhero
I didn't know you could speak through your gag...

Date: 2011-10-11 05:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kenn_el
Zatanna needs to learn from Grover.

Greatd find!

Date: 2011-10-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capt_satellite
Love it! If I had been borne in 1930, The Wizard would have been THE MAN! AND i am a sucker for cross-continuity.

Date: 2011-10-11 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
This is great and very cool.

Date: 2011-10-11 09:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
This IS fun, as only an insane Golden Age story can be.

Oh, and "Midshipman meets the West Pointer"

DADT implodes due to UST!

Date: 2011-10-12 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] silicondream
The West Pointer looks EXTREMELY uncomfortable about being near the Shield. I know I would be.

Date: 2011-10-12 10:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eyz
It's funny how Archie now is one of the very few "big names" US Publisher to NOT publish superhero comics anymore.

I kinda wish there was more diversity of genres in mainstream US comics sometimes.. *goes back reading some belgian comics*

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