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Comic Collection Monday #41: Legend of the Shield #1

In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at “Legend of the Shield” #1, with a cover date of July 1991.

In Comic Collection Monday, I'll post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue -- what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.

The issue: For July 4, I thought I’d take a look at a patriotic hero. I’ve always been a fan of that type of hero, probably based on my Captain America fandom, and the Shield, created by writer Harry Shorten and artist Irv Novick, was an early example of a patriotic hero.

This 1991 revamp of the Shield character was the first release in DC’s Impact line.  DC Comics licensed the MLJ characters from Archie Comics in an attempt to develop a line for younger readers – probably aimed around 10-13 years old, as much of the mainstream DC line was skewing older at that point. 

In the issue, the SHIELD armor has been developed by the U.S. military.  Sgt. Joe Higgins is chosen to wear the strong, bulletproof armor as “The Shield.” His father, Gen. Marion Higgins, has been working on developing the armor since the disappearance of the original Shield character in 1963. But other people want the newly developed armor, and the senior Higgins may have dark secrets, as well.     

The comic was written and penciled by Grant Miehm, with Mark Waid as the scripter.  Jeff Albrecht was the inker.  The Impact line lasted for two years, but never was given the newsstand push it might have needed to reach new audiences, according to this article at SequArt

How it got in my collection: I had some of the “Mighty Crusaders” action figures that had come out in the 1980s, and I had read at least some of the previous “Red Circle” versions of these characters from Archie, so when these new series came out, I was interested enough to try them out.

Going on in the world:  According to Mike’s Amazing World, this July 1991-dated comic would have gone on sale May 28, 1991.

The top-rated show of the 1990-1991 season was “Cheers.”   The No. 1 film at the box office was “Backdraft.”  And the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 was “I Don’t Wanna Cry” by Mariah Carey.

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Matthew Price

Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s... Read more ›

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