Thursday, September 27, 2012

Better Dust Off That SHIELD Manual, Colonel

Can any of you sharp-eyed readers find the goof that Nick Fury makes
in this scene from Avengers Annual #1?

Given that the letters of the name "SHIELD" stand for separate words, this declaration from Fury sticks out like a sore thumb:

"SHIELD's an American combo--not a blamed international police force!"

Fury is actually wrong on two counts here (though you'll have to find a braver man than I am to bring it to his attention). SHIELD's initials at this point in time stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division--which meant that not only did it have law enforcement authority, but it also indeed operated on an international level. SHIELD may have an American department--but it was by no means limited to operations on American soil.

Though maybe the Avengers helped out anyway because they didn't want to embarrass the big guy.

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