The Legend of the Shield

    (Impact, 1991–1992)
™ and ©1991 Archie Comic Publications, Inc.

The original Shield was a patriotic super-hero who had great strength and a suit of star-spangled armor that rendered him practically invulnerable. He fought for his country until the sixties, when he abruptly disappeared. The Shield was later found operating in Viet Nam, but his suit was recovered and the whole affair was hushed up. Many years later, military scientists had been unable to duplicate the incredible Mannexalar alloy which gave the suit its strength. They had, however, found the right man to wear it. The new Shield was to be Joseph Higgins, son of Brigadier General Marion Higgins. The elder Higgins had relentlessly driven his son to become the best, and when he joined the army, Joseph rose to second lieutenant. General Higgins wanted his boy to become the new Shield, however, so he busted him down to sergeant to fit the role.

This title kicked off DC’s Impact Comics line, a nineties revival of the old Archie super-heroes of the sixties.

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#1

  7/1/1991
  $1.00
  $1.50
23 copies available from $0.49
Origin of Shield (Joe Higgins)Grant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#2

  8/1/1991
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 Grant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#3

  9/1/1991
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1st appearance of Bert Watson; 1st appearance of Millie Mazda; 1st appearance of Black Hood (Wayne Sidmonson); 1st appearance of The WeaponGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#4

  10/1/1991
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13 copies available from $0.55
Versus WeaponGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#5

  11/1/1991
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24 copies available from $0.45
1st Appearance of Dusty MadiganGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#6

  12/1/1991
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1st Appearance of Theo CarverGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#7

  1/1/1992
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5 copies available from $0.50
 Grant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#8

  2/1/1992
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1st Appearance of Shield (Roger Higgins); Versus WeaponGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#9

  3/1/1992
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18 copies available from $0.50
 Grant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#10

  4/1/1992
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6 copies available from $0.49
Includes Trading CardGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#11

  5/1/1992
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8 copies available from $0.99
Includes trading cardGrant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#11 Variation A

  5/1/1992
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No copies available
No trading card (cover indicates card is “available at comic shops!”)Grant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#12

  6/1/1992
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  $0.70
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 Grant Miehm, Mark WaidGrant Miehm

#13

  7/1/1992
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 Grant Miehm, Adam BlausteinGrant Miehm

#14

  8/1/1992
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 Grant Miehm, Adam BlausteinGrant Miehm

#15

  9/1/1992
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 Grant Miehm, Adam BlausteinGrant Miehm

#16

  10/1/1992
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Final IssueGrant Miehm, Adam BlausteinGrant Miehm

Annual #1

 
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Includes trading cardAdam Blaustein, Rick Oliver, Mark Wheatley, Pat McGrealJ.J. Birch, Trevor Von Eeden, John K. Snyder

Annual #1 Variation A

 
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No copies available
No trading cardAdam Blaustein, Rick Oliver, Mark WheatleyJ.J. Birch, Trevor Von Eeden