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 The Villains

SHIELD by Mark Lester

Shield IV

Created by:

Jerry Siegel & Paul Reinman

Real Name:

Bill Higgins
Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Fly-Man #31, May 1965
First Appearance:

Fly-Man #31, May 1965
Origin:

Bill Higgins, son of the Original Shield, took his place after the Eraser had turned the Original Shield to stone.

History: 

Mighty Crusaders No. 1
November 1965
Story: “The Origin of the Shield” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Characters: The Shield I (Joe Higgins; last appearance in PEP COMICS #65; next appears in FLY MAN #34; becomes an iron statue in this story), The Shiled IV (Bill Higgins; first chronological appearance; origin revealed in this story; next chronological appearance in FLY MAN #31)
GA: Fly-Man, Fly-Girl, Black Hood, Comet (probably isochronally with Mighty Crusaders story in this issue)
Villains: The Eraser (first appearance; next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6), Spy-Lord, the Evil Three, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Many years after the apparent death of the original Shield, his assassin, the Eraser, must face a second Shield who is out for vengeance.

Fly Man No. 34
November 1965
Story: “Evilo the Tempter” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Mike Sekowsky
Feature Character: The Shiled IV (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 / 2)
GS: The Comet (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 / 2)
GA: The Shield I (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1; as a statue)
Cameo appearance: Fly-Man, Fly Girl, Black Hood
Intro: King Sward (in flashback; only appearance)
Villains: Evilo (first appearance; dies in this story), Big Mike, Mugsy, Agnak (first and only appearance for all), Gryphorg (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight Inferno the Destroyer in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2.
Synopsis: The Shield and the Comet team up to fight Evilo the Tempter, a powerful ancient sorceror released from suspended animation.

Fly Man No. 35
January 1966
Story: “The Thousand Foes of the Shield” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shiled IV (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2 / 3)
Villains: The Batty Bomber, Starko the Merciless, the Wily Brainwasher, Gar-Fan, other space pirates (first and only appearance for all), She-Lah (a female robot; first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Wizard and Hangman in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3.
Synopsis: The Shield is lured into a trap wherein a thousand enemies from space wait to destroy him.

Fly Man No. 36
March 1966
Story: “Suffer, Shield, Suffer” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shiled IV (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 / 4)
Intro: Mr. Macharino (only appearance)
Villains: The Hangman (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 / 4), a Web impostor (first appearance; next appears in the Web story in this issue)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders and other heroes fight the Wizard, the Hangman, and the Spider in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4.
 This story continues in the Web story in this issue.
Synopsis: The Shield is framed for the destruction caused by missles with his image on them, and ends up having to fight the Hangman.

Fly Man No. 37
May 1966
Story: “The Gladiator From Tomorrow” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shiled IV (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 / 5)
Intro: Mr. Moriarity (only appearance)
Villains: The Gloater, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders and other heroes fight the Spider and the Nameless One in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5, then helps the Mighty Crusaders in their encounter with the Maestro in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #6, then teams up with Black Hood to fight Hammerhead in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7.
Synopsis: The Gloater, a gladiator from the future, comes to the 20th Century to pick a fight with the Shield.

Mighty Comics No. 48
July 1967
Cover: Shield vs. Amoeba Man; Hangman vs. Phantom of the Penitentiary //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Shield Vs. the Amoeba Man” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shiled IV (last appearance in Fly Man #37; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9 (flashback))
Supporting Character: Nancy Zenith (last appearance in issue #45; last appearance)
Villains: PERIL (last appearance in issue #45; last appearance), the Amoeba Man (first appearance; probably destroyed in this story), Nicky Starzyl (first and only appearance), the Wizard (last appearance in FLY MAN #38; last appearance)
Comment: Sometime after this story, Bill Higgins gives up his Shield identity and joins the Air Force.
Synopsis: PERIL creates another artificial super-being, the Amoeba Man, to battle the Shield.

Powers & Weapons:

The Shield has super strength, invulnerability, and wears an indestructible costume.

Checklist:

Mighty Comics:
Fly Man 31-32 & 24-27
Mighty Crusaders 1-7

Mighty Comics 48

 

Note: Bill's brother Joe Jr. is the Shield V in Mighty Comics 41, 43-45  

TEXT BY: DarkMark author of War with the Wizard

ART BY: Paul Reinman

MICRO BY: CopperAge and Rik Offenberger

AMAZING BOY

AGENT SWIFT

BLACK HOOD

BLACK HOOD II

BLACK HOOD III

BLACK HOOD IV

BLACK JACK

BLACK WITCH

BOB PHANTOM

BOBBY BELL

BOY BUDDIES

BRAIN EMPEROR

CAPTAIN COMMANDO

CAPTAIN FLAG

CAPTAIN SPROCKET

CAPTAIN VALOR

CAT GIRL

COMET

COMET II

DAN HASTINGS

DARKLING

DOC REEVES

DOC STRONG

DUSTY

FALCON

FIREBALL

FIREBALL II

FIREFLY

FIREFLY ii

FLY

FLY II

FLY GIRL

FLY GIRL II

FOX

FOX II

GHOST FOX

GREEN COBRA

GREEN FALCON

HANGMAN

HANGMAN II

HANGMAN III

HERCULES

INFERNO

JAGUAR

JAGUAR II

KALTHAR

KARDAK

LADY SHIELD

MADAM SATAN

MARVEL

MIGHTY CRUSADERS

MISTER JUSTICE

MISTER MIDNIGHT

MISTER SATAN

NEVADA JONES
NEW CRUSADERS

O VINGADOR

POW-GIRL

PRESS GUARDIAN

QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
RANG-A-TANG

RED RUBE

RED RUBE II

ROCKET

ROY

SCARLET AVENGER

SHADOW

SHE-FOX

SHE-FOX II

SHIELD

SHIELD II

SHIELD III

SHIELD IV

SHIELD V

SHIELD VI

SHIELDMASTER

SLIVER FOX

SPIDERMAN

SLIVER SPIDER

STEEL STERLING

STEEL STERLING II

TURAN

TY-GOR
WAR EAGLES

WEB

WEB II

WEB III

WIZARD

ZAMBINI

 

Created by Rik Offenberger September 18, 2003

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