Femme Force

Femme Force

Name: Femme Force

Other Names: Femme Force One; Fem Force; SHIELD Strike Force One

Classification: supporting characters supporting characters   group group  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: Captain America (vol. 1) #144 (Dec. 1971): "HYDRA Over All!"

Creators: Gary Friedrich, John Romita

Number of Appearances: 6

Teams/Affiliations: S.H.I.E.L.D.

Enemy of: Agent 22

Type of Organization/Group: agent

Nation: USA

Note: all-female SHIELD sub-group

Femme Force was an all-female sub-unit of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Femme Force first appeared in Captain America (vol. 1) #144. At the beginning of the story that introduced Femme Force, we see another new SHIELD sub-unit, called Aero-Attack Force One, being led directly by Nick Fury, flanked by Captain America. (The rest of the squad consisted of numerous unnamed SHIELD agents, all of whom wore flyng jet packs. Aero-Attack Force One is seen raiding a HYDRA base filled with dozens of HYDRA agents. The flying SHIELD agents, led by Nick Fury and Captain America, are able to take down the HYDRA agents, with the help of another SHIELD sub-group: Femme Force. When the battle is over, however, it is revealed that the entire skirmish had been staged as a demonstration for President Richard Nixon and his military advisors, as part of SHIELD's bid to get funding for new technologies and funding to continue Femme Force.

Femme Force was led by longtime Captain America love interest Sharon Carter, flanked by longtime Nick Fury love interest Contessa Valentina. There were numerous other female agents on the squad, none of whom were named. In their first appearance, at least 5 agents in total (including Carter and the Contessa) could be seen, but there may have been more. The agents of Femme Force all rode flying sky sleds.

About Femme Force, Nixon aide Melvin Laird (a real person, by the way) suggested: "And as for the Femme Force -- well, we should certainly consider more funds for that project."

In their second appearance (Captain America #145, Femme Force reported to duty with 8 agents flanking second-in-command Contessa Valentina, soon joined by squad leader Sharon Carter. This suggests a squad of 9 agents in total.

Number of group members listed below: 6

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Agent 13 Agent 13 (Sharon Carter) supporting character hero
CBR Scale: S Christian (denomination unknown)
Femme Force; S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel 262
Agent 22 villain
Femme Force; HYDRA... 
[founding member of Femme Force; actually loyal to HYDRA]
Marvel 1
Agent Seven supporting character
 indeterminate  Femme Force; S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel 5
Agent Twelve supporting character
 indeterminate  Femme Force; S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel 5
Femme Force Femme Force supporting character group
[all-female SHIELD sub-group]
Marvel 6
Contessa Valentina Contessa Valentina supporting character
  Femme Force; S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel 146

Femme Force

This character is in the following 6 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Captain America
Marvel Team-Up (vol. 1) #82 (June 1979): "No Way to Treat a Lady"

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