DUSTY (Dustin Simmons)

Created by:

Irv Novick & Harry Shorten

Real Name:

Dustin Simmons

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Dusty never joined the Mighty Crusaders.

First Appearance:

Pep Comics# 11, January 1941

Origin:

Joe Higgins discovers Dusty as the sole survivor of a plane crash. The saboteurs of Dusty’s plane attack Joe’s girlfriend Betty. Dusty helps the Shield defend Betty and the Shield makes Dusty his partner.

History:

Young partner of the Shield in the 1940’s, whose father died and who was subsequently taken on as a ward by Joe Higgins. Dusty was given a costume and secret identity as the Shield’s partner and became part of a two-boy team, the Boy Buddies, with the Wizard’s partner Roy. Dusty later left the Higgins family mysteriously after graduation and was not found until much later. Dusty was enhanced with a modified version of the Shield Serum. Retired from active duty to become Deputy Director of M.L.J.

Powers & Weapons:

Dusty has master deductive skills and better-than-average fighting skills and enhanced abilities due to a modified version of the Shield Serum.

Checklist:

MLJ Comics:

Pep Comics 11-65

Shield-Wizard Comics 5-13

Special Comics 1

Hangman Comics 2-8

Black Hood Comics 9-11

Mighty & Radio Comics:

Mighty Crusaders 4

Red Circle & Archie Comics:

Original Shield 2