The Shield is an American comic book superhero originally published by MLJ Comics’ imprint, which later became Archie Comics. He was one of the earliest superheroes created in the Golden Age of Comic Books, predating even Captain America. The character was created by writer and managing editor Harry Shorten and artist Irv Novick.
Joe Higgins, the Shield, made his first appearance in Pep Comics #1, which was published in January 1940. In the comics, Joe Higgins is the son of a scientist who developed a secret chemical formula that grants superhuman strength and invulnerability. After his father’s death, Joe uses this formula on himself, becoming the patriotic superhero known as the Shield.
The Shield was a popular character in the 1940s, appearing regularly in Pep Comics and also starring in his own title, “”Shield-Wizard Comics””. However, with the decline in the popularity of superheroes after World War II, the character’s appearances became less frequent.”
“The Green Sorceress was created by Joe Simon and first appeared in Blue Bolt Comics Vol. 1 #1, published by Novelty Press in 1940.
In the comics, the Green Sorceress is depicted as a powerful and mysterious character, often associated with magic and sorcery.
Novelty Press was known for its superhero and crime comics during the early 1940s. Many of their characters, including the Green Sorceress, were phased out as the publisher’s focus shifted over the years.
Joe Higgins had always known that he wanted to serve his country. It was in his blood, passed down from generations of military veterans before him. His ancestors had fought in every major conflict in American history, from the Revolutionary War to the present day. And Joe was determined to continue that tradition.
So, when he turned 18, he enlisted in the Marines and was shipped off to boot camp. He excelled at every task thrown his way and quickly climbed the ranks. Within a few years, he was deployed to an undisclosed location as part of an international conflict, where he saw his fair share of combat.
But despite his bravery and dedication to duty, Joe’s luck eventually ran out. During a particularly intense firefight, he was hit by friendly fire from one of his own soldiers. The incident resulted in a severe head injury that left him with memory loss, cognitive difficulties, and personality changes. The trauma of war also left him struggling with PTSD.
At first, Joe was determined to recover and get back to fighting for his country. But as the months turned into years, he began to lose hope. The country he loved so much didn’t seem to have a place for him anymore, and he felt overwhelmed by the challenges he faced due to his injuries.
It was a dark time for Joe, and he thought he would never be able to serve his country again. But then, one day, he received a mysterious invitation to participate in a secret program funded by the US government. The details were scant, but it was hinted that he might have the opportunity to overcome his limitations and serve his country in a new and unique way.
Without hesitation, Joe packed his bags and headed to the secret facility. When he arrived, he was greeted by a team of scientists and doctors who led him into a sterile, white room. They explained that he would be participating in an experiment to test the effects of a new technology they had developed.
The technology was designed to enhance the human body’s natural abilities, giving the recipient incredible strength, speed, and agility. It was a risky proposition, as the technology had never been tested on a human before. But Joe was determined to do whatever it took to serve his country again, and he agreed to participate in the experiment.
The scientists attached the technology to Joe’s body, and he waited anxiously as it powered up. At first, nothing seemed to happen. But then, suddenly, he felt a surge of energy and power unlike anything he had ever experienced before. His senses heightened, and he could feel his muscles growing and strengthening.
When the effects of the technology wore off, Joe was amazed to find that his cognitive difficulties had diminished, and his memory had improved. But that was only the beginning. He had been gifted with incredible strength, speed, and agility, and a host of other powers that he couldn’t even begin to understand.
Joe knew immediately that he had been chosen for a special mission. He was ready to serve his country again, this time as the Shield, a hero who would protect the American people from all threats, both foreign and domestic. And he knew that, with his new powers, he was more than capable of doing so.
Physical enhancement – Enhanced strength, speed, agility, improved cognitive abilities and memory.
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