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The Shield and the wizard met in Top Notch Comics #5. It was the first team-up between superheroes.

In superhero comic books, a team-up is a fictional crossover where two or more superheroes or superhero teams who usually do not appear together work together on a shared goal.[1]



The first team-up between characters published in different comics from the same publisher was made in 1940, by the editorial MLJ Comics. Pep Comics #4, by Harry Shorten and Irv Novick, featured a story with the Shield, which was continued in Top Notch Comics #5, by Will Harr and Edd Ashe. In that comic, the Shield met the wizard. Timely Comics would follow, with a team-up between Sub-Mariner and Human Torch. National Comics Publications took the team-up concept one step further and created the Justice Society of America, the first superhero group, composed by superheroes that starred their own comic books.[2]

The team-up was an important worldbuilding narrative device, that allowed to create the shared universe concept.[2]

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  1. ^ Reynolds, Richard (1994). Super heroes: a modern mythology studies in popular culture. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-87805-694-1.
  2. ^ a b Brian Cronin (November 13, 2018). "How Stan Lee Helped Create the Modern Superhero Universe". CBR. Retrieved November 13, 2018.