Thursday, June 23, 2016

"The Shield' v 'Captain America'

"The Shield', a star-spangled superhero created in the 1940's before 'Captain America', has been rebooted by Archie Comics 'Dark Circle Comics' as a female vigilante, in "The Shield" #3, available October 12, 2016, written by Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and illustrated by Rachel Deering, Drew Johnson, with covers by David Williams, Joe Eisma, Ron Salas and Wilfredo Torres:

" 'Daughter of the Revolution', Part 3, the 'Shield', captured by 'Walter Chase', receives a surprising offer-an invitation to join Chase' government organization, protecting the country as she was born to do.

"But as her new missions take her well beyond national borders, the truth slowly dawns and the Shield must face the ultimate question: does she serve the United States of America -- or its people?..."

'The Shield' was a patriotic comic book superhero created by "MLJ" (now "Archie Comics"), debuting more than a year before Marvel's 'Captain America'.

The Shield debuted in MLJ's "Pep Comics" #1 (Jan. 1940), created by writer Harry Shorten and illustrator Irv Novick...

...debuting as the comic book industry's first patriotically themed hero. 

The character was soon followed by three other patriotic comic characters, "Minute-Man" (Feb. 1941), "Captain America" (March 1941), and "Captain Battle" (May 1941).

The original Shield was chemist 'Joe Higgins', son of 'Lieutenant Tom Higgins' who was slain in an explosion orchestrated by Third Reich saboteur 'Hans Fritz', while Tom was working on a chemical formula for super-strength. 

Joe finally figured out the solution, by applying chemicals to parts of his anatomy including 'Sacrum', 'Heart', 'Innervation', 'Eyes', 'Lungs' and 'Derma', also using x-rays to give him super strength. The initials also gave him his name.

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