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Snark Blocker – Archie and the Shield Together!

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As you may or may not know, Archie Andrew debuted as a backup in MLJ’s Pep Comics, which starred MLJ’s biggest character, the Shield. However, the Shield would not remain MLJ’s biggest character, as that honor would soon belong to Archie Andrews, who became so popular that MLJ changed the name of their entire company to Archie Comics.

However, for a small period in time before Archie took over Pep from the Shield, the two shared the cover, and it is a bizarre, but highly amusing part of comic book history, and I think you’ll enjoy it, as your snark will melt away by the sheer oddity of it all.

Enjoy!

Here was the first appearance of Archie on a Pep cover…


It would be another five issues before Archie showed up again (market data back then took quite some time – note how neither Batman nor Superman were automatic cover features on their respective titles), but this time it was for good!

The appearances began fairly normal enough…




but then they take a turn for the utterly outrageously absurdest…

Archie as a football….


Archie as a kite…


Archie as an ICE SCULPTURE?!?!


Archie as the Shield (okay, that one is actually pretty normal)…


Archie as a fish…


Finally, the Shield is just in the background, barely even part of the cover…


And then, one last time, the Shield appears in a little circle on the cover –


that would be the Shield’s last featured cover appearance, the book would completely become an Archie title the following issue (although the Shield continued to appear in the backups).

Isn’t that one of the weirdest, yet interesting comic cover arrangements you’ve seen?