93 – The Shield, G-Man Extraordinary

A panel from the Shield story in Pep Comics #1, November 1939
A panel from the Shield story in Pep Comics #1, November 1939

The Shield was the first over-the-top-patriotic superhero, arriving at least a year before Captain America. Debuting in Pep Comics #1 (November 1939), he was a G-Man who designed his own costume that gave him a dizzying array of powers: bulletproof, flameproof, super speed, super strong, he could scale walls and he had radio gadgets to listen on on the bad guys. But like many superheroes, he had a specific weakness… a complete lack of charisma!