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What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for?

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S.H.I.E.L.D is a law enforcement agency within the Marvel Comics Universe. The original meaning of S.H.I.E.L.D was Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division, but the acronym has changed over the years.

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In 1991, Marvel Comics updated the S.H.I.E.L.D acronym to mean Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. However, in films as well as live-action television series, S.H.I.E.L.D. represents Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division. The S.H.I.E.L.D agency made its first appearance in the 1965 comic, "Strange Tales #135." It often deals with paranormal and superhuman threats. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the first official Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D was Nick Fury.

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