Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 3
July 1983
Story: “American Shield”: Chapter 1 (10 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (Joe Higgins; last appearance in first story in this issue)
Cameo appearance: Black Hood, Comet, Jaguar, Fly, Fly Girl, Web, Shield (Lancelot Strong), Dusty, Hun
Villains: Boroff (last appearance in PEP COMICS #?), DELTA, Don Phelps (first appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: The Shield encounters his old foe Boroff and a new organization of enemies, DELTA.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 4
November 1983
Story: “Power Unleashed”: Chapter 2 (12 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I
GS: Col. Boyle (last appearance in ?)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin, Prof. Newton, Tory Newton (first appearance for last three)
Villains: DELTA, Boroff, Don Phelps
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: The Shield learns the secret of 42642 as Boroff and agents of DELTA try to steal it.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 5
January 1984
Story: “Rezendevous With Death”: Chapter 3 (12 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin, Prof. Newton (next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1), Tory Newton
Villains: Boroff, DELTA, Don Phelps
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: Boroff sends Tory Newton to the FBI with a booby-trapped collar of bombs in order to bargain for the map to the second half of 42642.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 6
March 1984
Cover: Shield vs. the Hun //Rich Buckler / Ricardo Villagran (signed)
Story: “Flaky Puff (Isn’t Sweet)”: Chapter 4 (12 pages)
 Chapter 5: “Duel” (12 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin (next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1), Tory Newton
Villains: The Hun (last appearance in SHIELD-WIZARD COMICS #?; next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #4), DELTA, Don Phelps (all next appear in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1), Flaky Puff (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Shield faces his old arch-enemy, the Hun, and a new, mind-stealing villainess, Flaky Puff.

Original Shield No. 1
April 1984
Cover: The Shield and Tory Newton vs. robots  //Rudy Nebres
Story: “America’s Guardian” (2 pages)
Editors: Rich Buckler, Robin Snyder
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Ricardo Villagran
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield
Cameo appearances: Lisa Carvin, Col. Boyle, Boroff
Comment: This is a featurette detailing the Shield’s background.

Story: “End-Game”: Chapter 6 (12 pages)
Editors: Rich Buckler, Robin Snyder
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6), Prof. Newton (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #5)
Villains: Boroff, Don Phelps, DELTA (last appearance for all in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6)
Comment: Story continues from MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6.
Synopsis: The Shield learns the truth about the traitor in their midst and has a final encounter with Boroff.

Story: “Origins” (12 pages)
Editors: Rich Buckler, Robin Snyder
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Ricardo Villagran
Feature Character: The Shield (origin story retold)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin
Intro: Marty Greim (of Earth-MLJ), Dan Hurley
Cameo appearance: Tom Higgins, J. Edgar Hoover (in flashback)
Villain: Klotz (in flashback; isochronally with PEP COMICS #1)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: On learning that robots which he battled in the 1940's are to be released, the Shield remembers his origin.

Original Shield No. 2
June 1984
Cover: The Shield vs. spies //Rudy Nebres
Story: “Power Shortage” (part 2; 12 pages)
 Part 3: “Death of the Shield” (12 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Frank Giacoia (pgs. 1-12), Rex Lindsey (pgs. 13-24)
Feature Character: The Shield (isochronally with PEP COMICS #30)
GS: Dusty (in flashback; last appearance in PEP COMICS #65; last appearance), Shield III (Bill Higgins; birth depicted in this story; his earliest chronological appearance, preceding MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1)
Supporting Character: Lisa Carvin, Ellie Cranton (in flashback; dies in this story)
Intro: Rita Volk, Sen. Ed Casey
Other Character: Dan Hurley
Cameo appearances: Wizard, Steel Sterling, Black Hood, Captain Flag, Sgt. Boyle, Hangman, Hun, Strangler, Fang, Bob Phantom, Black Jack, Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler
Villains: Boroff, Eraser (both in flashback), Klotz (last appearance in PEP COMICS #1; last appearance), Ed Crisp (first appearance)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: In Washington, D. C., the Shield encounters the first foe he ever fought.

Original Shield No. 3
August 1984
Cover: Shield vs. Mega and Bit //Dick Ayers (signed)
Story: “Reflections”: Part 4 (12 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I
Supporting Character: Lisa Carvin
Other Character: Ed Casey
Cameo appearances: The Comet, Shield III, the Fly, the Jaguar, the Fox, Fly Girl, Black Hood, Darkling, Shield II (Lancelot Strong)
Villains: Three robots (last appearance in PEP COMICS #1; destroyed in this story), Klotz, Ed Crisp (both die in this story), DELTA
Synopsis: The Shield learns that Klotz’s robots, programmed to kill President Roosevelt, are now going after President Reagan.

Story: “Prey” (12 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller; Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8)
Supporting Character: Lisa Carvin
Villains: Mega, Bit (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: After the funeral of Ed Crisp, the Shield and Lisa Carvin are targeted by two super-powered assassins, Mega and Bit.

Mighty Crusaders No. 8
July 1984
Story: “Shield Saves Hundreds” (4 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (last appearance in ORIGINAL SHIELD #3)
GS: Col. Boyle
Cameo appearance: Boroff
Comment: Most of this story is a mockup of a nonexistent issue of LIFE magazine chronicling the Shield’s exploits in 1940.
 Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor in the next issue.
Synopsis: Col. Boyle shows Joe Higgins a LIFE magazine covering the Shield’s first case.

Original Shield No. 4
October 1984
Cover: Shield vs. Hun //Dick Ayers / Chic Stone (signed)
Story: “Shields” (24 pages)
Editor: Vic Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Artist, letterer: Dick Ayers
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9 / 10)
GS: Col. Boyle (last appearance), Gen. Collins (last appearance in ?; last appearance), Comet (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9 / 11)
GA: Marty Greim (of Earth-MLJ)
Intro: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes (both of Earth-MLJ; only appearance for both)
Cameo appearances: Steel Sterling, Hangman, Fox, Firefly, Web, Mr. Justice, Black Hood, Comet, Attila the Hun (in flashback)
Villain: The Hun (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6; last appearance; origin retold in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight DELTA in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10 and the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11.
Synopsis: The Hun invades an army base to get back his mystic shield, and the Shield, Colonel Boyle, and General Collins must stop him.

TEXT BY: DarkMark author of War with the Wizard