THE SHIELD: AMERICA'S 1st PATRIOTIC COMIC BOOK HERO

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Who's Who

 

The Shield I
Name:
Joe Higgins
First Appearance:
Pep Comics #1,
January 1940
Origin:
Joe Higgins, the son of scientist Tom Higgins, whose research had included a quest for a chemical to give super-powers to ordinary humans. With success within his grasp, the elder Higgins was killed by foreign agents. The son, an F.B.I. Agent, used the process on himself, then made put together a skin-tight outfit based on the American flag to become G-Man Extraordinary, the Shield.
Checklist:
Archie & Friends and the Shield
Blue Ribbon Comics 13
Comet 1 & 2
Mighty Crusaders 1-13
Miss Liberty 1
Original Shield 1-4
Pep Comics 1-65
Shield-Wizard Comics 1-13
Special Comics 1
The Shield TPB
Top Notch Comics 5 & 7
The Shield II
Name:
Joe Higgins
First Appearance:
Super Comics #1,
1942
Origin:
Joe Higgins, the son of scientist Tom Higgins, whose research had included a quest for a chemical to give super-powers to ordinary humans. With success within his grasp, the elder Higgins was killed by foreign agents. The son, a R.C.M.P., used the process on himself, then made put together a skin-tight outfit based on the Canadian flag to become Mountie Extraordinary, the Shield.
Checklist:
Super Comics 1-5
Three Ring Comics 1 (Cover only)
The Shield III (Captain Strong)
Name:
Lancelot Strong a.k.a Roger Flemming
First Appearance:
The Double Life of Private Strong  #1,
June 1959
Origin:
Dr. Malcolm Flemming, is raising his son Roger to use the untapped portions of the human brain, thus making him a superhuman. After Communists spies kill Dr. Flemming; the Strong's, a farm couple, raise Roger.
Checklist:
Adventures of the Fly 8 & 9
Blue Ribbon Comics 5
Double Life of Private Strong 1 & 2
Fly 1
Mighty Crusaders 1-10
Shield 1-3

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The Shield IV
Name:
Bill Higgins
First Appearance:
Fly-Man #31,
May 1965
Origin:
Bill Higgins, son of the Original Shield, took his place after the Shield had been turned to stone by  The Eraser.
Checklist:
Fly Man 24-27 & 31-32
Mighty Crusaders 1-7
Mighty Comics 48
Super Heroes vs. Super Villains 1

The Shield V

Name:
Joe Higgins Jr.
First Appearance:
Mighty Comics # 41
December 1966
Origin:
It all began during World War Two, when freedom loving patriots everywhere longed for a noble and true hero to lead it out of its darkest days. In a top secret military base a young G-man and scientist, Joe Higgins was chosen to participate in Project Shield. Joe was given an extraordinary suit. It was bullet proof and fire proof. It was also treated with an experimental alloy, that allowed the already athletic Higgins perform amazing feats of strength. The Shield was faithful to his duty. An in the line of duty, one fateful night, his luck ran out, as arch-villain, the Eraser, took him by surprise, His ray debilitated and successfully ended the Shield's career.
The Shield's son, Joe Higgins, Jr. combined his fathers anatomical formula with a catalytic agent and expanded upon the powers of his father's uniform to carry on the legacy of Democracy's greatest champion.
Checklist:
Mighty Comics 41, 43-45
Sonic the Hedgehog 70
Archie's Weird Mysteries 3 & 14, Ashcan

 

The Shield VI

(!mpcat Original Shield)
Name:
Roger Higgins a.k.a. Roger DeLeihs
First Appearance:
Legend of the Shield #2,
August 1991
Origin:
During the era of the Cold War, America's number-one hero was Roger Higgins, a scientist who had developed a unique armor and used it to fight crime as the Shield, defender of liberty In the earliest days of his career, his only companion in the fight for justice was his teenage sidekick, Dusty, the Boy Detective; in later years, the Shield led a group of super powered individuals who called themselves the American Crusaders. Working within the sanctity of their secret headquarters beneath the FBI building, the Crusaders who answered only to J. Edgar Hoover and to the President routed the foes of this nation and battled those who would compromise America's values and standards.
Checklist:
Crusaders 1
Legend of the Shield 2, 3, 8, 10-12, 15-16

 

The Shield VII

(!mpact Shield)
Name:
Joseph Mitchell Higgins
First Appearance:
Legend of the Shield #1,
July 1991
Origin:
Joe Higgins, was a career officer in the U.S. Army, one of the most highly decorated servicemen of his time. His father, Brigadier General Marion Higgins, the Commanding Officer of America's Air Reconnaissance and Military Strike installation, had staked his entire Army career on the creation of a unique Suit of armor that could turn its wearer into America's mightiest secret weapon. General Higgins, inspired by the exploits of the Shield, the long-vanished star-spangled champion active during the '50s and '60s, made it his self-appointed mission to recreate this symbol of patriotic liberty around a soldier who would unknowingly serve as his puppet, setting his sights on Joe, he realized that his son was, physically and psychologically, the perfect candidate for Project: Shield, but Joe's high rank precluded him from involvement, General Higgins took care of that by secretly framing and disgracing Joe, arranging for a court-martial that busted him to Sergeant and allowed Joe to undergo the year long training that culminated in his role as the new Shield.
Checklist:
Crucible 6
Crusaders 1-3, 8
Legend of the Shield 1-12, 15-16, Annual 1

 

The Shield VIII

(!mapct Shield III)
a.k.a. The American Shield
Name:
Michael Steven Barnes
First Appearance:
Legend of the Shield #9,
March 1992
Origin:
When Joe Higgins opted to abdicate his role as the new Shield, that duty and the overwhelming weight of responsibility that went along with it fell to 1st Lieutenant Steven Barnes,
     Leader of the elite military guerrilla team known as "The Corps", Barnes and his teammates were originally in contention with Joe Higgins as potential candidates for Project: Shield, when Higgins was eventually selected to wear the recreated armor of the legendary hero of the 1950's, Barnes and the others wished Joe well in the best sense of military comradeship and accepted supplementary duty connected to Project: Shield.
     From a military standpoint, Barnes represents an optimal replacement for Joe Higgins, even though he does not possess his natural strength and will of necessity, It's Barnes's personal side, however, that allows him to bring a totally different dynamic to his tenure as the Shield, born in the rural hills of Pennsylvania, Barnes is entrenched in the ideals and virtues of the family and small town America.
Checklist:
Crucible 2-6
Crusaders 4-7
Legend of the Shield 9, 13-15
American Shield 1

 

The Shield IX 

(!mapct Shield IV)
Name:
Matthew Jackson
First Appearance:
Jaguar Annual #1,
1992
Origin:
Matthew Jackson became the Shield to save his son Tony from a life of crime. Mathew was killed in the process
Checklist:
Jaguar Annual 1

 

The Shield X 

(!mapct Shield V)
a.k.a. The Shield Kid
Name:
Anthony Jackson
First Appearance:
Black Hood Annual #1,
1992
Origin:
Tony's father died to keep him form a life of crime. At age 17 Tony became the Shield Kid. Tony fought crime with a gun and road a motorcycle through the streets of Soundview. Trying to bring justice to the inter city. Tony was killed in the line of duty.
Checklist:
Black Hood Annual 1

 

The Shield XI

(DC's RED CIRCLE)

Name:
Joe Higgins
First Appearance:
Green Arrow/Black Canary #20, July 2009
Origin:
Lieutenant Joe Higgins was dying in the dirt of a battlefield in Afghanistan when they whisked him away to a top-secret facility and saved his life with nanotechnology so experimental they couldn’t dare to use it on a living man. Now Higgins has been enlisted to a whole new mission – to be the public face of the American fighting man as the patriotic Shield!
Checklist:
Green Arrow/Black Canary #20, July 2009 (1 page cameo)
Wonder Woman #32, July 2009 (1 page cameo)
Superman #688, July 2009 (1 page cameo)
The Red Circle: Web #1, 
October 2009 (1 page cameo)
The Red Circle: Shield #1
, October 2009 (full appearance)
Shield #1
-#10 Nov 09- Sept 10

Magog #8-9 Jun-Jul 10

Mighty Crusaders Special #1, Aug '10

Mighty Crusaders 1-5 Oct 10-Feb 11

 
Jim Simon's Shield Sidekick of the Shield  
 
The Shieldmaster
Name:
Unknown
First Appearance:
www.simoncomics.com
Origin:
Unknown
Checklist:
www.simoncomics.com

Shieldmaster and Master Shield available for licensing in all media. Contact: Simoncomics@Yahoo.Com
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Shieldmaster, Master Shield, Stealth Shield, Warrior Shield, Navigator Shield, Master Shield, American Shield, Copyright and Trademark Jim Simon. Art Joe Simon. All Rights Reserved.
™ Copyright © 1996

ShieldMaster™ is created and copyrighted © James Simon. All Rights Reserved.

Captain of the Young Shields of American
Name:
Bobby Bell
First Appearance:
Adventures of the Fly 1,
August 1959
Origin:
Bobby Bell, as Captain of, the Young Shields of American (The Shield's Young Americans Club), teaches children how to defend themselves with Jiu Jitsu and Judo.
Checklist:
Adventures of the Fly 1, 2, 4 & 5

 

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