The Hooded Protectors
Membership: various - led by Nipper.
Purpose: To protect their school
Affiliations: None known
Base of Operations: St.Frank's School
First Appearance: Nelson Lee Library (1931)
History: The Hooded Protectors are juniors at St Frank's School, which has a number of unusual alumni, among them detective Nelson Lee's acrobatic assistant Nipper, and Stanley Waldo, the Wonder Boy. Nipper had previously (in 1925) assumed the costumed identity of the Hooded Unknown (a.k.a. the Phantom Protector), but now, when danger threatened the school, he organised a gang of his classmates to protect the school, their identities hidden by a simple hooded costume.
Comments: The Hooded Protectors are one of the first examples of the British school pupil's secret society. Other later examples include the Silent Three, the Phantom Circle, the Green Feather, the Secret Avengers and the Silent Shadows. Well, if you send your kids to a boarding school, you have to expect they'll end up joining weird secret societies who wear hoods over their heads, haven't you?
Thanks to Stephen Montgomery for providing me with information regarding this group.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
any other school kid group
any other Hooded or Protector characters
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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