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The Black Hood

Fly Man No. 35
January 1966
Story: “The Origin of the Black Hood” (6 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (last chronological appearance in PEP COMICS #60; next chronological appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #7)
GA: The Fly (mistakenly called Fly Man in this story; chronologically between first and second stories in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #7)
Supporting Characters: Sgt. McGinty, Barbara (last appearance for both in ?; last appearance for both)
Intro: The Mighty Minstrel
Villains: The Green Gargoyle and his gang, Dr. Macabre, a gang of crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Tricked by an enemy into drinking a potion that renders him invisible and immaterial, the Black Hood must spend over a decade as a living, unaging ghost.

Mighty Comics No. 42
January 1967
Cover: Black Hood vs. Karate Master and Ghost Cyclist (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Ghost Cyclist” (11 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (last appearance in Shield story in last issue)
Intro: An alien (dies in this story)
Villain: The Ghost Cyclist (Lou Krawl; first appearance; dies in this story), the Schemer and his gang (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: An old foe of the Black Hood’s gains an other-dimensional motorcycle which gives him great powers, and uses it against the hero as the Ghost Cyclist.

Story: “The Black Hood Pledge” (2 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood
Villains: Mr. Invulnerable, an alien (first and only appearance for all), PERIL (first appearance; next appear in issue #44)
Comment: This story is a Black Hood featurette.

Story: “The Karate Master” (11 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (next chronological appearance in issue #44)
Villain: The Karate Master, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Black Hood is forced to take part in a death match against the Karate Master, a villain hired by the underworld to wipe the hooded hero out.

Mighty Comics No. 43
February 1967
Story: “The Black Hood and His Secret Ordeal” (3 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (appears isochronally with issue #50)
Supporting Characters: Elizabeth Rawlings, Mark Brodie, Gerald Crandall (first appearance for all; all appear isochronally with issue #50)
Intro: Pete Hannigan (dies in this story), Mark Brodie (only appearance)
Villains: Bulgy-Eyes, the Horned Toad (Snaggletooth Snarker; first appearance for both; both appear isochronally with issue #50)
Comment: This story is actually a preview of the story which appears in issue #50, and takes place isochronally with that story.
Synopsis: Kip Burland is framed for the murder of a fellow policeman, and must remain in his Black Hood identity until he finds Bulgy-Eyes, the real murderer, who yet eludes him.

Mighty Comics No. 44
March 1967
Cover: Black Hood vs. Mad Gadgeteer; Steel Sterling vs. various villains (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Mad Gadgeteer” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (last chronological appearance in issue #42; next appears in issue #46)
Supporting Characters: Gerald Crandall, Mark Brodie (first chronological appearance for both; both next chronologically appear in issues #43 / 50)
Villain: The Mad Gadgeteer (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Black Hood fights a gadget-wielding adversary.

Mighty Comics No. 46
May 1967
Story: “The Return of the Skull” (2 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (last appearance in issue #44)
Cameo appearance: Mr. Justice
Villain: The Skull (last appearance in ?), Dr. Krawl, the Monstroid (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: This is a Black Hood featurette, previewing next issue’s story.
Synopsis: The Skull, Black Hood’s greatest foe, finds he must save his enemy from another menace.

Mighty Comics No. 47
June 1967
Cover: Black Hood vs. the Skull; Mr. Justice vs. demons (two vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Nightmare World of the Skull” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (next appears in issue #49)
Villains: The Skull (last appearance), the Abominable Schemer, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Skull acquires a way to kill the Black Hood through his dreams.

Mighty Comics No. 50
October 1967
Cover: Black Hood vs. Bulgy-Eyes; Web vignette //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Mod Monster” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Black Hood (appears isochronally with issue #43; possibly next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11)
Supporting Characters: Elizabeth Rawlings, Mark Brodie (both appear isochronally with issue #43; last appearance for both)
Intro: The Mod Monster (a rock star; only appearance)
Other character: Pete Hannigan (appears isochronally with issue #43; dies in this story)
Villains: Bulgy-Eyes, the Horned Toad (both appear isochronally with issue #43; last appearance for both), Schemer Bashby (first and only appearance)
Comment: This story takes place isochronally with its preview in issue #43.  The plot of Black Hood clearing his name and capturing Bulgy-Eyes is never resolved.  It is unknown whether or not this Black Hood is “Uncle Matt”, the one who passes on the Hood to Kip Burland II in ARCHIE’S SUPER-HERO DIGEST #2 (and unlikely, since “Uncle Matt”) is shown to be a Western hero), but it is possible that he is the Black Hood who later dies in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11.
Synopsis: Kip Burland is framed for the murder of a fellow policeman, and must remain in his Black Hood identity until he finds Bulgy-Eyes, the real murderer, who yet eludes him.

Black Hood II

Archie’s Super-Hero Digest No. 2
1979
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks //Neal Adams? / Dick Giordano?
Story: [untitled] ( 8 pages)
Editor:
Writer, artist, letterer: Grey Morrow
Feature Character: Black Hood II (Kip Burland; 1st appearance and origin)
Intro: Black Hood I (Matt Burland; see Comment below), Faye Traynor, Marla Traynor (first and only appearance for both)
Supporting Character: Doyle Demian (first appearance)
Cameo appearances: Two other Black Hoods (ancestors of the current Black Hoods; first and only appearance for both)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first and only appearance)
Comment: The Black Hood of the original Mighty Crusaders is not mentioned in this story.  Matt Burland is mentioned as operating as a “Western” Black Hood in 1937 and is apparently not the same as the Black Hood who appeared in the 1940's and ‘60's.  This conundrum is not resolved.
Synopsis: Seeking a better way of fighting crooks, police detective Kip Burland is passed on the legacy of the Black Hood from his uncle.

Story: “It’s Murder to Beat the Odds” (5 pages)
Editor: Gray Morrow
Writer: Marvin Channing
Artist: Al McWilliams
Feature Character: Black Hood II
Supporting Character: Doyle Demian
Villains: Lefty Burkett and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Black Hood takes out a gang of crooked gamblers.

Story: “Life’s Not Like a Comic Book”
Editor, plotter: Gray Morrow
Scripter, penciller: Neal Adams
Inker: Dick Giordano
Feature Character: Black Hood II
Intro: Rhonda Lee (dies in this story), Deborah Wiachek (only appearance)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first appearance; all die in this story)
Synopsis: After witnessing an abduction, the Black Hood tries to rescue the victim.

Story: “The Black Hood Hits a Sour Note” (4 pages)
Editor: Gray Morrow
Writer: Marvin Channing
Artist: Al McWilliams
Feature Character: Black Hood II (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1)
Supporting Character: Doyle Damian
Intro: Sir Oland Manders (only appearance)
Villains: Sir Oland Manders, Dennis Gordon, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Sometime after this story the Black Hood helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1-3.
Synopsis: The Black Hood gets involved when gangsters appear to kidnap a symphony orchestra.
 

Black Hood No. 1
June 1983
Cover: Black Hood saving girl from crooks //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Mask and the Man” (18 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Gray Morrow
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3)
Supporting Character: Phil Martin
Intro: Blaine Farrell
Cameo appearance: Carolyn Farrell (in flashback)
Villains: Death-Monger (Jason Strang), Cyrene (first appearance for both; both next appear in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4), Nails Garson and his gang (including Al; first and only appearance for all; some die in this story)

Black Hood No. 2
August 1983
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks; Fox vignette //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Dark Destroyer” (12 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist, letterer: Pat Boyette
Feature Character: Black Hood
Intro: Ellie and her father (only appearance for both), Bart Taylor (in flashback; dies in this story)
Villains: Jakey Chandler (first appearance; dies in this story), Clyde, Billy-Bob (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: In a small town, the Black Hood encounters a mutant monster with a semi-truck.

Story: “Candle in the Wind” (10 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Plotter: John Carbonaro
Scripter: Rich Margopoulos
Artist: Dan Spiegle
Letterer: Carrie McCarthy
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood
Other Character: Carolyn Farrell (in flashback)
Villains: Tony Geovelli, a hitman (both in flashback; first appearance for both; both die in this story)
Synopsis: The Black Hood remembers a woman he once loved, and how he brought justice to the mobster who had her killed.

Black Hood No. 3
October 1983
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks; Fox vignette //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Skywind Massacre” (16 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer: Steve Ringgenberg
Artist, letterer: Gray Morrow
Colorist: Don Warfield
Feature character: Black Hood (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4)
GA: Matt Burland (in flashback)
Cameo appearance: The Grissom Gang (first and only appearance; in flashback)
Villains: Col. Vulanov (first appearance; dies in this story), Ace, Gregor, Cherenkov, Pyotr, Dzubin, Leshko, various mercenaries (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: The further appearances of the Black Hood are tracked in the Mighty Crusaders index.
Synopsis: The Black Hood foils an attempt by the Russians to steal a blimp.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 11
August 1984
Cover: Black Hood trapped in video game //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “The Billon-Dollar Ripoff” (11 pages)
Editor, co-writer: Rich Buckler
Co-writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Chic Stone
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8)
Intro: Russell Howe (dies in this story), Mrs. Howe, Mickey Hart, Mrs. Hart (only appearance for all)
Villain: Mr. Ferrett (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Black Hood investigates the apparent suicide of a video games employee, which may have been murder.

Story: “The Face Behind the Mask”
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: David Allikas
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Eduardo Barretto
Feature Character: Black Hood IV (Matt Regis; first and only appearance and origin)
Intro: Sam Ratner, Nancy Regis, Marvin Teisman (only appearance for all)
Villains: Harry, Ray Angelo (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: Despite the claim on page 1, this is not the “original” Black Hood.
Synopsis: Gangsters are opposed by a new Black Hood, who turns out secretly to be their boss.
 
 

The Comet

Mighty Crusaders No. 2
January 1966
Story: “The Origin of the Comet” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Comet (last chronological appearance in ?; next chronological appearance in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #30)
Intro: Naija (dies in this story), Altroxians (only appearance)
Cameo appearance: Fly Man, Fly Girl, Shield, Black Hood
Villains: The Mecks (first appearance; all destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: The Comet is snatched away from Earth to save the Altroxians from metallic marauders.  But after the queen he marries is killed by the last surviving Meck, the Comet loses his powers, adopts a new costume, and returns to his homeworld.
 

The Comet No. 1
1983
Cover: Comet and Naija vs. Mecks //Alex Nino
Story: [untitled] (19 pages)
Editor, writer: Bill DuBay
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inkers: Alex Nino
Letterers: Billy DuBay, Jr. (pgs. 1-19), ? (pgs. 20-
Colorist: Tom Ziuko (pgs. 1-19), Barry Grossman (pgs. 20-
Feature Character: The Comet (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3; origin retold in detail)
GS: The Shield (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3), the Hangman (in flashback)
Supporting Character: Thelma Gordon Dickering (in flashback; last appearance in ?), Naija (in flashback)
Intro: Flavius (only appearance; in flashback), Timmy and his mother (only appearance for both)
Cameo appearances: Black Hood, Steel Sterling
Other Character: Allen Lucas (in flashback; isochronally with PEP COMICS #1)
Cameo appearances: “Satan” (from PEP COMICS #2), Zadar (from PEP COMICS #3), the Hunchback (all in flashback)
Villains: Doc Archer (in flashback; isochronally with PEP COMICS #1; dies in this story) and his gang (last appearance for all; one dies in this story; in flashback; isochronally with PEP COMICS #1), Gorgon (in flashback; first appearance; destroyed in this story), the Mecks (in flashback; all destroyed in this story), Big Boy Malone (in flashback)
Synopsis: Driven by guilt over the men he has killed, the Comet recounts his history to his roommate, the Shield.

The Comet No. 2
1983
Cover: Comet, cops, and Lisa looking at Hangman holding body //Carmine Infantino / Rudy Nebres
Story: [untitled] (30 pages)
Editor, writer: Bill DuBay
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Alex Nino
Letterer: Adam Kubert
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Comet (origin details revealed)
GS: The Hangman II (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #?), Hangman I (dies in this story), Shield
Supporting Characters: Lori, Thelma Dickering, Naija (in flashback; dies in this story)
Other Characters: Flavius (in flashback), Timmy Carpenter (last appearance)
Villains: Mecks (in flashback; destroyed in this story), Mrs. Carpenter (last appearance)
Comment: This story explains how the Comet survived his apparent death in PEP COMICS #16.
 Even though this series is billed as a six-part mini-series, this is the last published issue.
Synopsis: At his brother’s deathbed, the Comet relates how he was taken back to Altrox after being shot, was saved by their science, married, and lost his wife there to a robot attack.  Meanwhile, the Hangman’s son tries and fails to save a young patient from his mother’s abuse.

The Fox

Black Hood No. 2
August 1983
Story: [untitled] (8 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer, artist, letterer: Alex Toth
Feature Character: The Fox (last chronological appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS #22)
Intro: Cosmo Gilly, Capt. Poulet (only appearance for both)
Villains: Hank Gilly, Tess Gilly (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: Story takes place in 1948.
Synopsis: In Tangier, the Fox encounters a punchy ex-boxer who is the target of assassination attempts.

Black Hood No. 3
October 1983
Story: “The Most Man in the World” (12 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer, artist, letterer: Alex Toth
Feature Character: The Fox (last appearance)
Intro: Otis Dumm (only appearance)
Villains: Momo, Hink, Coughy, and their confederate (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fox ends up protecting an old codger who has invented an electromagnetic car motor.

Mighty Comics No. 49
July 1967
Story: “The Gasser Attacks” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Fox II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5; next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6)
Supporting Character: Delilah Monaco (first appearance; next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6)
Villains: The Gasser (first appearance; next appears, as Martial Law, in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6) and his gang (first and only appearance)
Comment: As revealed in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #13, this Fox is the son of the original Fox.
Synopsis: The Fox faces a gas-wielding opponent, the Gasser.
 

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 6
March 1984
Cover: Fox vs. crooks //Rich Buckler / Rudy Nebres (signed)
Story: “Fighting Fire With Fire” (chapter 1; 14 pages)
 Chapter 2: “Dragon-Head, Serpent’s Tail” (12 pages)
Editor, co-writer: Rich Buckler
Co-writer: Stan Timmons
Artist: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Victor Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fox II (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #49)
Supporting Character: Delilah Monaco (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #49)
Intro: Arnie Harris (dies in this story), Dave Chambers
Villains: Martial Law (formerly the Gasser; last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #49), the Eraser (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1), Brain Emperor (as Brian and Dragon-Head; last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3) and his gang (first appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: A villainous martial artist has an old score to settle with the Fox.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 7
April 1984
Cover: Fox and Delilah Monaco vs. Eraser and Martial Law //Rich Buckler / Sam DeLaRosa (signed)
Story: “Heads or Tails?” (12 pages)
Editor, co-writer: Rich Buckler
Co-writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Rob Ollerenshaw
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fox II
Supporting Character: Delilah Monaco
Other Characters: Dave Chambers (last appearance)
Villains: Brain Emperor, Martial Law, the Eraser
Synopsis: The Fox begins a showdown fight with the Eraser and Martial Law as Dragon-Head reveals his true identity.

Story: “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” (14 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Rod Ollerenshaw
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Fox II (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9)
GS: The Web (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3 / 4)
Supporting Character: Delilah Monaco (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #12)
Intro: Karla, Harry (only appearance for both)
Villains: Brain Emperor (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9), the Eraser (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11), Martial Law (last appearance)
Synopsis: The Fox and the Web face the Eraser and Martial Law again as Delilah Monaco seems to break into a murderous rage whenever she sees the Fox.
 
Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 12
June 1985
Story: “Beware the She-Fox” (5 pages)
Editor: Vic Gorelick
Writer: Rich Margopoulos
Penciller: Alan Kupperberg
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Feature Character: The Fox II (between first stories in this and next issue)
Intro: The She-Fox (Delilah Monaco; last appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #7; next appears in Mighty Crusaders story in next issue), mayor of New York City (only appearance)
Villains: The Brain Emperor (last appearance in Mighty Crusaders story in last issue; last appearance), Nickie, Phil, Tony and another gangster (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Fox is scooped to rescuing the mayor of New York by a new heroine, the She-Fox, not knowing she is really Delilah, and neither of them knowing her new identity has been prompted by the Brain Emperor.
 


The Hangman

Mighty Comics No. 45
April 1967
Story: “The Nine Lives of Falseface” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Hangman (last appearance in FLY MAN #37)
Villain: Falseface (first and only appearance)
Comment: The Hangman reforms without explanation in this story.
Synopsis: Now a super-hero again, the Hangman matches wits with a disguise-artist crook called Falseface.

Mighty Comics No. 48
July 1967
Story: “The Phantom of the Penitentiary” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Hangman (next appears in THE COMET #1)
Intro: Warden Lacey (only appearance)
Villains: The Prison Phantom (Warden Meggs), Jackal Larsen,  (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Hangman must enter a penitentiary to stop a monstrous foe from killing convicts.

The Fly No. 2
July 1983
Story: “Plus Ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose” (4 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Robin Snyder
Artist: Steve Ditko
Letterer: Sam DeLaRosa
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Hangman (in flashback to indeterminate time)
Villain: Big Boy Malone (first appearance; dies in this story)
Synopsis: Bob Dickering, as a hangman, executes the killer who tried to murder his brother, the Comet.

The Comet No. 1
1983
Story: [untitled] (10 pages)
Editor, writer: Bill DuBay
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Rudy Nebres
Letterer: ?
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Hangman II (Steve Dickering; first appearance)
GS: Hangman I (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #48)
Supporting Characters: Thelma Gordon Dickering, Lori (first appearance)
Intro:  Timmy Carpenter
Villains: A gang of thugs, Mrs. Carpenter (first appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in the Comet story in next issue.
Synopsis: The Hangman’s son, who despises his geriatric father, tries to take over in his stead, but gets beaten up and unmasked for his efforts.
 


Mr. Justice

Mighty Comics No. 47
June 1967
Story: “Mr. Justice and the Cosmic Terror” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Mr. Justice (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5; next appears in BLUE RIBBON #2)
Villains: The Force-Thing, the Geometricals (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: The information that Mr. Justice exists thanks to a Tibetian cape and cannot safely remain out of Paul Morse’s body for more than 24 hours is at variance with the original Mr. Justice’s legend.
Synopsis: Mr. Justice must battle a malevolent force-being who emerges from a meteor on Earth.

The Fly No. 1
May 1983
Story: “The God Who Fell To Earth” (8 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer:
Artist: Trevor Von Eeden
Feature Character: Mr. Justice (last appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #47; next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS v. 2 #2)
Supporting Character: Commissioner Burke (first appearance; next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS v. 2 #2)
Villain: Rev. Prescott (a K’Nur; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Mr. Justice investigates a religious cult whose young members commit suicide.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 2
November 1983
Cover: Mr. Justice vs. zombie //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: [untitled] (30 pages)
Editor, co-plotter: Robin Snyder
Co-plotter, scripter: Bill DuBay
Penciller: Trevor Von Eeden
Inker: Alex Nino
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Mr. Justice (last appearance in THE FLY #1; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9; origin retold)
Supporting Character: Commissioner Burke (last appearance in THE FLY #1; last appearance)
Intro: Samuels, Commissioner Burke, Melissa Shavers, Carol Shavers, Mr. Shavers (only appearance for all), Lisa Burke (dies in this story)
Villains: Esmerelde, Eddie and his gang (first appearance for all; all die in this story), Hawkes, McDuff (both in flashback; first and only appearance for both), Malcolm, Angus, Seward, Mr. Justice’s brother (as zombies; first appearance for all; all destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: Mr. Justice must face a 500-year-old opponent who is out to destroy him.

The Shadow

The Shadow No. 1
August 1964
Cover: The Shadow vs. Shiwan Khan and his gang  //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Shadow Vs. the RXG Spymaster” (chapter 1; 10 pages)
 Chapter 2: “The Shadow’s Doom” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Roseberger
Feature Character: The Shadow (of Earth-MLJ; Lamont Cranston; first appearance; last chronological appearance in text story in issue #8)
Supporting Characters: Margo Lane, Shrevvy (Moe Shrevnitz), Weston (all of Earth-MLJ; first appearance for all)
Villains: Shiwan Khan (of Earth-MLJ; first appearance) and his gang (including X-1, X-2, X-3, X-4, and X-5; first and only appearance for all)
Comment: This is not the Shadow who appears in Street and Smith pulp magazines and comics, the Belmont novel series, the radio shows, various films, or the later comics from DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse.  The Shadow who appears in this series is the Earth-MLJ version. Lamont Cranston of Earth-MLJ is a secret agent.   In the first two issues, the Shadow’s only costume is a cape and a business suit, and his hair is blonde.
 Text stories in this and the next seven issues reveal something of the Shadow’s origin.
Synopsis: After losing the trail of Shiwan Khan in 1961, the Shadow finds him again three years later, in search of blueprints to a secret weapon, and renews the battle.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 1 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow (first chronological appearance)
Comment: This is a text story, and continues in the next issue.
Synopsis: Bored with life, Lamont Cranston takes a trip to Egypt, and confronts a cruel hypnotist.

Story: “The Eyes of the Tiger” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Character: Shrevvy
Villains: Joe and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A gang of crooks tries to kidnap Lamont Cranston to extort a million dollars from him, but don’t bargain on the presence of the Shadow.

The Shadow No. 2
September 1964
Cover: The Shadow and Margo Lane vs. Shiwan Khan and his gang //Paul Reinman
Story: “Shiwan Khan’s Murderous Master-Plan” (chapter 1; 10 pages)
 Chapter 2: “The Triangle of Terror” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist:  John Rosenberger
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Characters: Shrevvy, Weston
Intro: Tom, Bill (only appearance for both)
Villains: Shiwan Khan and his gang, Princess Lua and her spy ring (first appearance for both), Chinese Communists
Comment: The Shadow wears his “super-hero” costume for the first time on the cover of this issue, but not in the interior stories.
Synopsis: The Shadow goes to Red China to learn of Shiwan Khan’s latest threat to the free world–-a super-powerful nuclear bomb.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 2 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow
Comment: This is a text story and continues in next issue.
Synopsis: Lamont Cranston discovers he has the power to outhypnotize a master hypnotist.

Story: “Margo Lane’s Honeymoon” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Character: Margo Lane
Synopsis: Margo Lane dozes off at her typewriter and imagines what life would be like married to Lamont Cranston.

The Shadow No. 3
November 1964
Cover: The Shadow vs. Shiwan Khan and his gang //Paul Reinman
Story: “Shiwan Khan’s House of Horrors” (20 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Characters: Margo Lane, Weston, Shrevvy
Intro: Dina, Sen. Jones, Gov. Moore, Thomas Brown (only appearance for all)
Villains: Shiwan Khan and his gang, Hi Sing Wan (first and only appearance)
Comment: The Shadow begins wearing his “super-hero” costume in this story, and gains black hair.
Synopsis: Shiwan Khan lures the Shadow into a deathtrap with an assassination attempt on a presidential candidate.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 3 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow (first chronological appearance)
Comment: This is a text story, and continues in the next issue.
Synopsis: Lamont Cranston, determining to use his powers for good, comes upon a mugging, creates a black cape, and saves the intended victim.

Story: “The ‘Princess of Death’” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Villains: Princess Lua (last appearance), Iko, Karl, Ali (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Princess Lua captures Lamont Cranston, hoping to use him as bait for the Shadow.

The Shadow No. 4
January 1965
Cover: The Shadow and Shiwan Khan vs. Dr. Demon //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Diabolical Dr. Demon” (20 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Character: Weston
Villains: Dr. Demon (first appearance; next appears in issue #8), Capt. Kreutzer, Heinrich, neo-Nazis (first and only appearance for all), Shiwan Khan and his gang
Synopsis: Dr. Demon, Hitler’s chief scientist, returns to attack both the Shadow and Shiwan Khan.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 4 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow
Comment: This is a text story and continues in the next issue.
Synopsis: Lamont Cranston first gives himself the name of the Shadow and encounters Secret Service agent Weston.

Story: “The Human Bomb” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Characters: Margo Lane, Shrevvy
Villain: Mr. TNT (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: When Margo and Shrevvy think they can handle a mad bomber on their own, the Shadow goes into action to show them they can’t.

The Shadow No. 5
March 1965
Cover: The Shadow vs. Shiwan Khan and Radiation Rogue //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Menace of Radiation Rogue” (part 1; 12 pages)
 Chapter 2: “The Sinister Triumph of Shiwan Khan” (8 pages)
 Chapter 3: “Doom Stalks the Shadow” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow (also appears in flashback, probably to between issues #2 / 3)
Supporting Characters: Margo Lane, Shrevvy
Cameo appearance: Genghis Khan (in flashback)
Intro: CHIEF (Command Headquarters, International Espionage Forces; only appearance; in flashback)
Villains: Shiwan Khan and his gang, Yukal Torrg (first appearance), Bugs Burke (first and only appearance), Radiation Rogue (Hans Gerling; first appearance; next appears in issue #8)
Synopsis: A nuclear accident transforms an ex-Nazi scientist into Radiation Rogue, who, with only days to live, aids Shiwan Khan against the Shadow.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 5 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow (first chronological appearance)
Comment: This is a text story, and continues in the next issue.
Synopsis: The Shadow rescues Weston and learns of the existence of CHIEF.

The Shadow No. 6
May 1965
Cover: The Shadow and Margo Lane vs. Shiwan Khan and Attila the Hunter //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Incredible Alliance of Shiwan Khan and Attila the Hunter” (chapter 1; 8 pages)
 Chapter 2: “The Captive of Terror Island” (12 pages)
 Chapter 3: “The Shadow Vs. the Shadow” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Character: Margo Lane
Cameo appearances: Nero, Adolf Hitler, Genghis Khan, Herod, Attila the Hun (as wax dummies)
Villains: Shiwan Khan and his gang, Yukal Torrg (last appearance), Attila the Hunter (first appearance; next appears in issue #8), Lu Kwan, Al Falco (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A descendant of Attila the Hun first battles Shiwan Khan, then teams up with him to destroy the Shadow.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 6 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow (first chronological appearance)
Comment: This is a text story, and continues in the next issue.
Synopsis: The Shadow hypnotizes Weston’s assailants and learns for the first time the name of Shiwan Khan.

The Shadow No. 7
July 1965
Cover: The Shadow and scientists vs. the Brute //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Shadow Battles the Brute” (chapter 1; 8 pages)
 Chapter 2: “The Shadow’s Amazing New Weapons” (12 pages)
 Chapter 3: “The Showdown on Gargoyle Island” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow
Supporting Characters: Margo Lane, Shrevvy
Intro: Cyrus Galloway (only appearance)
Cameo appearance: Attila the Hunter (in flashback)
Villains: Shiwan Khan and his gang (last appearance for all), the Brute (Victor Hess; first appearance; dies in this story), the Titan, Colosso (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: Shiwan Khan creates a super-villain called the Brute, who proves too much for the Shadow, but who has no loyalty for Khan.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 7 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow
Comment: This is a text story, and continues in the next issue.
Synopsis: The Shadow discovers that he cannot make the two hirelings disclose any information about Shiwan Khan.

The Shadow No. 8
September 1965
Cover: The Shadow vs. Elasto //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Game of Death” (25 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shadow (last appearance)
Villains: Peter Jordan, Miguel, Elasto, the Diabolical Dimensionoid (first and only appearance for all), Radiation Rogue (last appearance in issue #5; last appearance), Attila the Hunter (last appearance in issue #6; last appearance), Dr. Demon (last appearance in issue #4; last appearance)
Comment: This is the last issue of THE SHADOW and the final appearance of the Earth-MLJ Shadow.
Synopsis: A wealthy thrill-seeker captures the Shadow and sets a host of his enemies against him in a game of death.

Story: “The Adventures of the Shadow”: Chapter 8 (1 page)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Feature Character: The Shadow (next chronological appearance in first story in issue #1)
Comment: This is a text story, and continues from last issue.  It remains unfinished.
Synopsis: The Shadow has his first encounter with Shiwan Khan.

The Shield II (Lancelot Strong)

The Double Life of Private Strong No. 1
June 1959
Cover: Lancelot Strong becoming the Shield as aliens attack soldiers //Joe Simon
Story: “Meet Lancelot Strong, the Man With the Double Life” (1 page)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Feature Character: The Shield II (Roger Fleming, later Lancelot Strong; first appearance)
Comment: This is a one-page featurette introducing the second Shield.

Story: “The Double Life of Private Strong” (3 pages)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Plotter, penciller: Jack Kirby
Feature Character: The Shield II (origin, part 1)
Supporting Character: Dr. Malcolm Fleming (first appearance; dies in this story), Abel Strong, Martha Strong (first appearance for both)
Villains: The Commissar, Agent Four, Klaut (first appearance for all), the Communists
Synopsis: Dr. Malcolm Fleming is raising his son to be a superhuman who draws on the untapped reservoir of the entire brain, but he is killed by Communist spies and his son Roger is adopted by the Strongs, a farm couple.

Story: “Spawn of the ‘X’ World” (6 pages)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Plotter, penciller: Jack Kirby
Feature Character: The Shield (origin, part 2)

Intro: Big Jim, Johnson (only appearance for both), Spud (dies in this story)
Villain: An alien (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Lancelot Strong finds the costume of the Shield in the remains of his father’s laboratory, and, in his new identity, battles an alien monster.

Story: “Mystery of the Vanished Wreckage” (6 pages)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Plotter, penciller: Jack Kirby
Feature Character: The Shield II (origin; part 3)
Supporting Characters: Abel Strong, Martha Strong
Cameo appearance: Dr. Malcolm Fleming, the alien (both in flashback), Mrs. Fleming (in flashback; first and only appearance)
Villains: Klaut, Agent Four (last appearance for both; both possibly die in this story), the Communists
Synopsis: The new Shield must keep his father’s scientific notebooks out of the hands of the Communists.

Story: “The Menace of the Micro-Men” (8 pages)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Plotter, penciller: Jack Kirby
Feature Character: The Shield II
Supporting Characters: Sgt. Griper, Gloria Smith, Gen. Smith (mistakenly called Col. Smith in this story; first appearance for all)
Villains: Dr. Diablo and his micro-men (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Drafted into the Army, Pvt. Lancelot Strong becomes the Shield to save a colonel and his daughter from a mad scientist who uses micro-beings in his crimes.

The Double Life of Private Strong No. 2
August 1959
Cover: The Shield II vs. the Toy-Maker and his toys //Jack Kirby / Joe Simon
Story: “The Strange Case of Lovable Lou, the Toy Master” (6 pages)
Editor, writer: Joe Simon
Artist: Bob Powell?
Feature Character: The Shield II
Supporting Character: Gen. Smith
Villains: The Toy Master (Lovable Lou; first and only appearance), the Communists
Synopsis: The Shield encounters a Communist spy who uses toys as weapons.

Story: “Upsy Daisy” (6 pages)
Editor, writer: Joe Simon
Artist: George Tuska
Feature Character: The Shield II
Supporting Characters: Pee Wee (first appearance), Sgt. Griper
Villains: Bull, Mike (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: Lance Strong’s buddy Pee Wee thinks he’s inherited $50,000, but it turns out to be a ruse perpetrated by two spies wishing to steal an atomic tank he and Lance guard.

Story: “I Wish I Were the Shield” (6 pages)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Penciller: George Tuska
Feature Character: The Shield II
Supporting Characters: Gen. Smith, Gloria Smith
Intro: Herman Krupka (first and only appearance)
Villains: The Communists, Charlie and his accomplice (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: It is revealed in this story that Gen. Smith knows the Shield’s secret identity.
Synopsis: A tailor who dreams of being the Shield creates a Shield uniform for himself and gets the real hero in trouble.

Story: “The General’s Favorite Private” (1 page)
Editor: Joe Simon
Writer: Unknown
Artist: Joe Simon?
Feature Character: The Shield II
Supporting Character: Gen. Smith, Sgt. Hardrock (first appearance)
Comment: This is a text story and takes place before the previous story.
Synopsis: Gen. Smith summons Pvt. Strong to his office to tell him that he knows he is the Shield.

Story: “The Ultra-Sonic Spies” (6 pages)
Editor, writer, inker: Joe Simon
Plotter, penciller: Jack Kirby
Feature Character: The Shield II (next appears in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #1)
Supporting Character: Sgt. Hardrock (last appearance)
Intro: Mike and another pilot (only applearance for both)
Villains: Yelko and another spy (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: The Shield must stop a pair of Communist spies from stealing an experimental plane.

Adventures of the Fly No. 1
August 1959
Story: “The Search” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writers: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Shield II (last appearance in THE DOUBLE LIFE OF PRIVATE STRONG #2)
GA: The Fly
Villain: A spy (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Shield captures a spy.

Adventures of the Fly No. 2
September 1959
Story: “Sneak Attack” (2 pages)
Editor, writer, artist: Joe Simon
Feature Character: The Shield II (next appears in issue #4)
Villains: The Communists
Synopsis: The Shield staves off an enemy aerial incursion into a foreign country.

Adventures of the Fly No. 4
January 1960
Story: “The Power Pack” (2 pages)
Editor: John Goldwater
Writer: unknown
Artist: Sol Brodsky
Feature Character: The Shield II (next appears in issue #8)
Villains: Three crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Sometime after this story the Shield teams up with the Fly to fight Pascal and the Monster Gang in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #8 and Yogi Shimar in ADVENTURES OF THE FLY #9.  Then he joins the Mighty Crusaders to help them fight Eterno, the Brain Emperor, and the Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1-3.
Synopsis: Three crooks think they can wrest the secrets of the Power Pack from an unconscious Shield.

Lancelot Strong, the Shield No. 1
June 1983
Cover: Shield II and Laureen Smith vs. Negatron //Alan Weiss / John Severin (signed)
Story: “The Deathstar Dilemma” (19 pages)
Editor, co-scripter: Rich Buckler
Penciller: Alan Weiss
Inker: Sam DeLaRosa
Letterer: Victor Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3; promoted to Captain by this story)
Supporting Characters: Gen. Smith (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3), Laureen Smith (first appearance)
Villains: Deathstar (Dr. Collins; first appearance), the Communists
Synopsis: An accidental discharge of a “negatron stimulator” turns a Communist spy into the energy-wielding Deathstar, and pits him against the Shield.

Lancelot Strong, the Shield No. 2
August 1983
Cover: The Shield II vs. the Red Sun //Rich Buckler / Ricardo Villagran
Story: “Dark Day of the Red Sun” (18 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writers: Rich Buckler, Stan Timmons
Penciller: Michael Chen
Inker, letterer: Sam DeLaRosa
Colorist: C. Hawk
Feature Character: The Shield II (next appears in SHIELD / STEEL STERLING #3)
GA: The Shield I (in flashback)
Supporting Characters: Dr. Laureen Smith (first appearance), General Smith
Intro: Toshiyuki Shigeta (merges with the Red Sun in this story)
Villains: Red Sun, Dr. Ishida (first appearance for both), a crook (first and only appearance)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: The Red Sun, a super-agent created by the Japanese in World War II, is broken free of suspended animation and attempts to fulfill his assignment: to assassinate the president of the United States.

Shield / Steel Sterling No. 3
December 1983
Cover: The Shield and Steel Sterling vs. //Alan Weiss
Story: “Dark Day of the Red Sun II: Target USA” (18 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Alex Nino
Letterer: Adam Kubert
Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz
Feature Character: The Shield II (last appearance in LANCELOT STRONG, THE SHIELD #2; apparently dies in this story, but returns without explanation in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10)
GS: Steel Sterling (last appearance in Steel Sterling story in this issue)
Supporting Characters: Dr. Laureen Smith, Gen. Smith (both next appear in STEEL STERLING #6)
Intro: Prof. Yashida (dies in this story)
Other Character: Pres. Ronald Reagan (of Earth-MLJ)
Cameo appearance: Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Fleming (in flashback)
Villains: The Soulless Samurai (last appearance in LANCELOT STRONG, THE SHIELD #2; last appearance), Deathstar (last appearance; probably dies in this story)
Comment: Sometime after this story, the Shield rejoins the Mighty Crusaders to fight DELTA in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10 and the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11.
Synopsis: The Soulless Samurai and Deathstar are both out to assassinate President Reagan and each other, and only the Shield stands in their way.

Steel Sterling No. 6
May 1994
Story: “Report From an Astral Alien” (5 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Eduardo Barretto
Feature Character: The Shield II (in flashback)
Supporting Characters: Gen. Smith (last appearance in SHIELD / STEEL STERLING #3), Laureen Smith (also appears in flashback; last appearance in SHIELD / STEEL STERLING #3)
Villain: Deathstar (in flashback)
Synopsis: In the wake of the Shield’s apparent death, Laureen Smith remembers their relationship and the hero’s battle with Deathstar.

Steel Sterling No. 7
July 1984
Story: “The Hypnotized Heart” (5 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Eduardo Barretto
Feature Character: The Shield II (in flashback)
Supporting Characters: Laureen Smith, General Smith (last appearance for both)
Intro: A group of aliens (only appearance)
Villain: Col. Gates (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: An enemy agent tries to hypnotize Laureen Smith into helping him steal important documents.

The Shield III (Bill Higgins)

Mighty Crusaders No. 1
November 1965
Story: “The Origin of the Shield” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Characters: The Shield I (Joe Higgins; last appearance in PEP COMICS #65; next appears in FLY MAN #34; becomes an iron statue in this story), The Shield III (Bill Higgins; first chronological appearance; origin revealed in this story; next chronological appearance in FLY MAN #31)
GA: Fly-Man, Fly-Girl, Black Hood, Comet (probably isochronally with Mighty Crusaders story in this issue)
Villains: The Eraser (first appearance; next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #6), Spy-Lord, the Evil Three, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Many years after the apparent death of the original Shield, his assassin, the Eraser, must face a second Shield who is out for vengeance.

Fly Man No. 34
November 1965
Story: “Evilo the Tempter” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Mike Sekowsky
Feature Character: The Shield III (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 / 2)
GS: The Comet (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1 / 2)
GA: The Shield I (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1; as a statue)
Cameo appearance: Fly-Man, Fly Girl, Black Hood
Intro: King Sward (in flashback; only appearance)
Villains: Evilo (first appearance; dies in this story), Big Mike, Mugsy, Agnak (first and only appearance for all), Gryphorg (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight Inferno the Destroyer in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2.
Synopsis: The Shield and the Comet team up to fight Evilo the Tempter, a powerful ancient sorceror released from suspended animation.

Fly Man No. 35
January 1966
Story: “The Thousand Foes of the Shield” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #2 / 3)
Villains: The Batty Bomber, Starko the Merciless, the Wily Brainwasher, Gar-Fan, other space pirates (first and only appearance for all), She-Lah (a female robot; first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Wizard and Hangman in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3.
Synopsis: The Shield is lured into a trap wherein a thousand enemies from space wait to destroy him.

Fly Man No. 36
March 1966
Story: “Suffer, Shield, Suffer” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 / 4)
Intro: Mr. Macharino (only appearance)
Villains: The Hangman (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 / 4), a Web impostor (first appearance; next appears in the Web story in this issue)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders and other heroes fight the Wizard, the Hangman, and the Spider in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4.
 This story continues in the Web story in this issue.
Synopsis: The Shield is framed for the destruction caused by missles with his image on them, and ends up having to fight the Hangman.

Fly Man No. 37
May 1966
Story: “The Gladiator From Tomorrow” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4 / 5)
Intro: Mr. Moriarity (only appearance)
Villains: The Gloater, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders and other heroes fight the Spider and the Nameless One in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5, then helps the Mighty Crusaders in their encounter with the Maestro in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #6, then teams up with Black Hood to fight Hammerhead in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7.
Synopsis: The Gloater, a gladiator from the future, comes to the 20th Century to pick a fight with the Shield.

Mighty Comics No. 41
December 1966
Cover: Shield and Black Hood vs. costumed crooks //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Shield Vs. the Black Hood” (14 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7)
GS: The Black Hood (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7)
Intro: Von Dehrbahr (only appearance)
Villains: Crafty Crebbs, Willie Grepps, assorted crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Shield and the Black Hood begin performing in a movie about their exploits, and wind up fighting each other.

Story: “Beware the Knave” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (next appears in issue #43)
Intro: Winslow, Tina Winslow (only appearance for both)
Villains: The Knave, Ed and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Shield is challenged to a battle to the death by the Knave, a costumed, sword-wielding villain.

Mighty Comics No. 43
February 1967
Cover: Shield vs. the Storm King; Web vs. the Stunner and Mr. Scare (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Wrath of the Storm King” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield (last appearance in issue #41)
Villain: The Storm King (Kingsley Storme; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Shield faces the Storm King, a foe from the future with power over all weather.

Mighty Comics No. 44
March 1967
Story: “The Menace From PERIL” (3 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III
Supporting Character: Nancy Zenith (first appearance)
Villains: Dragonfly (first appearance), the Alligator, a crook (first and only appearance for all), PERIL (last appearance in issue #42)
Synopsis: On his way to a job interview, Joe Higgins has to become the Shield to fight two costumed agents of PERIL.

Mighty Comics No. 45
April 1967
Cover: Shield vs. the Red Shadow; Hangman vs. Falseface (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Doom Shadow of PERIL” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (next appears in issue #48)
Supporting Character: Nancy Zenith (next appears in issue #48)
Intro: The Blue Shield Shadow (destroyed in this story)
Villains: PERIL (next appear in issue #48), Dragonfly (last appearance), the Blender, the Vibrateer (first and only appearance for both), the Red Shadow (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: PERIL creates an artificial super-being, the Red Shadow, to battle the Shield.

Mighty Comics No. 48
July 1967
Cover: Shield vs. Amoeba Man; Hangman vs. Phantom of the Penitentiary //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Shield Vs. the Amoeba Man” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Shield III (last appearance in issue #45; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9 (flashback))
Supporting Character: Nancy Zenith (last appearance in issue #45; last appearance)
Villains: PERIL (last appearance in issue #45; last appearance), the Amoeba Man (first appearance; probably destroyed in this story), Nicky Starzyl (first and only appearance), the Wizard (last appearance in FLY MAN #38; last appearance)
Comment: Sometime after this story, Bill Higgins gives up his Shield identity and joins the Air Force.
Synopsis: PERIL creates another artificial super-being, the Amoeba Man, to battle the Shield.

 The Shield I (Joe Higgins)

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 3
July 1983
Story: “American Shield”: Chapter 1 (10 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (Joe Higgins; last appearance in first story in this issue)
Cameo appearance: Black Hood, Comet, Jaguar, Fly, Fly Girl, Web, Shield (Lancelot Strong), Dusty, Hun
Villains: Boroff (last appearance in PEP COMICS #?), DELTA, Don Phelps (first appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: The Shield encounters his old foe Boroff and a new organization of enemies, DELTA.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 4
November 1983
Story: “Power Unleashed”: Chapter 2 (12 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I
GS: Col. Boyle (last appearance in ?)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin, Prof. Newton, Tory Newton (first appearance for last three)
Villains: DELTA, Boroff, Don Phelps
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: The Shield learns the secret of 42642 as Boroff and agents of DELTA try to steal it.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 5
January 1984
Story: “Rezendevous With Death”: Chapter 3 (12 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin, Prof. Newton (next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1), Tory Newton
Villains: Boroff, DELTA, Don Phelps
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: Boroff sends Tory Newton to the FBI with a booby-trapped collar of bombs in order to bargain for the map to the second half of 42642.

Mighty Crusaders (2nd series) No. 6
March 1984
Cover: Shield vs. the Hun //Rich Buckler / Ricardo Villagran (signed)
Story: “Flaky Puff (Isn’t Sweet)”: Chapter 4 (12 pages)
 Chapter 5: “Duel” (12 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin (next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1), Tory Newton
Villains: The Hun (last appearance in SHIELD-WIZARD COMICS #?; next appears in ORIGINAL SHIELD #4), DELTA, Don Phelps (all next appear in ORIGINAL SHIELD #1), Flaky Puff (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Shield faces his old arch-enemy, the Hun, and a new, mind-stealing villainess, Flaky Puff.

Original Shield No. 1
April 1984
Cover: The Shield and Tory Newton vs. robots  //Rudy Nebres
Story: “America’s Guardian” (2 pages)
Editors: Rich Buckler, Robin Snyder
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Ricardo Villagran
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield
Cameo appearances: Lisa Carvin, Col. Boyle, Boroff
Comment: This is a featurette detailing the Shield’s background.

Story: “End-Game”: Chapter 6 (12 pages)
Editors: Rich Buckler, Robin Snyder
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6), Prof. Newton (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #5)
Villains: Boroff, Don Phelps, DELTA (last appearance for all in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6)
Comment: Story continues from MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6.
Synopsis: The Shield learns the truth about the traitor in their midst and has a final encounter with Boroff.

Story: “Origins” (12 pages)
Editors: Rich Buckler, Robin Snyder
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Ricardo Villagran
Feature Character: The Shield (origin story retold)
Supporting Characters: Lisa Carvin
Intro: Marty Greim (of Earth-MLJ), Dan Hurley
Cameo appearance: Tom Higgins, J. Edgar Hoover (in flashback)
Villain: Klotz (in flashback; isochronally with PEP COMICS #1)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: On learning that robots which he battled in the 1940's are to be released, the Shield remembers his origin.

Original Shield No. 2
June 1984
Cover: The Shield vs. spies //Rudy Nebres
Story: “Power Shortage” (part 2; 12 pages)
 Part 3: “Death of the Shield” (12 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Frank Giacoia (pgs. 1-12), Rex Lindsey (pgs. 13-24)
Feature Character: The Shield (isochronally with PEP COMICS #30)
GS: Dusty (in flashback; last appearance in PEP COMICS #65; last appearance), Shield III (Bill Higgins; birth depicted in this story; his earliest chronological appearance, preceding MIGHTY CRUSADERS #1)
Supporting Character: Lisa Carvin, Ellie Cranton (in flashback; dies in this story)
Intro: Rita Volk, Sen. Ed Casey
Other Character: Dan Hurley
Cameo appearances: Wizard, Steel Sterling, Black Hood, Captain Flag, Sgt. Boyle, Hangman, Hun, Strangler, Fang, Bob Phantom, Black Jack, Attila the Hun, Adolf Hitler
Villains: Boroff, Eraser (both in flashback), Klotz (last appearance in PEP COMICS #1; last appearance), Ed Crisp (first appearance)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: In Washington, D. C., the Shield encounters the first foe he ever fought.

Original Shield No. 3
August 1984
Cover: Shield vs. Mega and Bit //Dick Ayers (signed)
Story: “Reflections”: Part 4 (12 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I
Supporting Character: Lisa Carvin
Other Character: Ed Casey
Cameo appearances: The Comet, Shield III, the Fly, the Jaguar, the Fox, Fly Girl, Black Hood, Darkling, Shield II (Lancelot Strong)
Villains: Three robots (last appearance in PEP COMICS #1; destroyed in this story), Klotz, Ed Crisp (both die in this story), DELTA
Synopsis: The Shield learns that Klotz’s robots, programmed to kill President Roosevelt, are now going after President Reagan.

Story: “Prey” (12 pages)
Editor: Victor Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller; Dick Ayers
Inker: Rex Lindsey
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8)
Supporting Character: Lisa Carvin
Villains: Mega, Bit (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: After the funeral of Ed Crisp, the Shield and Lisa Carvin are targeted by two super-powered assassins, Mega and Bit.

Mighty Crusaders No. 8
July 1984
Story: “Shield Saves Hundreds” (4 pages)
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: Martin Greim
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Vic Gorelick
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (last appearance in ORIGINAL SHIELD #3)
GS: Col. Boyle
Cameo appearance: Boroff
Comment: Most of this story is a mockup of a nonexistent issue of LIFE magazine chronicling the Shield’s exploits in 1940.
 Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor in the next issue.
Synopsis: Col. Boyle shows Joe Higgins a LIFE magazine covering the Shield’s first case.

Original Shield No. 4
October 1984
Cover: Shield vs. Hun //Dick Ayers / Chic Stone (signed)
Story: “Shields” (24 pages)
Editor: Vic Gorelick
Writer: Martin Greim
Artist, letterer: Dick Ayers
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: The Shield I (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9 / 10)
GS: Col. Boyle (last appearance), Gen. Collins (last appearance in ?; last appearance), Comet (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #9 / 11)
GA: Marty Greim (of Earth-MLJ)
Intro: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes (both of Earth-MLJ; only appearance for both)
Cameo appearances: Steel Sterling, Hangman, Fox, Firefly, Web, Mr. Justice, Black Hood, Comet, Attila the Hun (in flashback)
Villain: The Hun (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #6; last appearance; origin retold in this story)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Shield helps the Mighty Crusaders fight DELTA in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10 and the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #11.
Synopsis: The Hun invades an army base to get back his mystic shield, and the Shield, Colonel Boyle, and General Collins must stop him.
 


Steel Sterling

Fly Man No. 39
September 1966
Story: “The Monster-Master” (part 1; 10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Penciller: Paul Reinman
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (between MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5 / 7)
Villains: The Monster-Master (first appearance; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7), Snakeman, Ram-Man, Grasshopper-Man, Kangaroo-Man, Octopus-Man, Reptile-Man, Winged Wolf Monster (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Story continues in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7.
Synopsis: Steel Sterling must do battle with monsters created by a mad scientist known as the Monster Master.

Mighty Crusaders No. 7
October 1966
Cover: Steel Sterling vs. monsters //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Monster-Master” (part 2; 15 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Pencillers: Mike Sekowsky (pgs. 1-10), Paul Reinman (pgs. 11-15)
Inker: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last appearance in FLY MAN #39; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #44)
Cameo appearances: Mr. Medusa, Pan-Pan, Barbarian Ghost (first and only appearance for all)
Villains: The Monster-Master (last appearance in FLY MAN #39; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #49), the Sea-Demon, King Neptune (first appearance for both; both destroyed in this story)
Comment: Story continues from FLY MAN #39.
Synopsis: The Monster-Master creates a Sea-Demon to fight Steel Sterling.

Mighty Comics No. 44
March 1967
Story: “The Awesome Bravo” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7; next appears in issue #46)
Intro: A league of mutants (first and only appearance)
Villain: The Awesome Bravo (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Steel Sterling must protect himself and a depowered “hero”, the Awesome Bravo, from an assortment of villains.

Mighty Comics No. 46
May 1967
Cover: Steel Sterling, Magnetic Menace, and Gargoyle Gang; Web vignette //Paul Reinman
Story: “Here Comes the Magnetic Menace” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (between issues #44 / 49)
Villains: Magnetic Menace, Gargoyle Gang (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Steel Sterling loses his anti-grav belt in this story.
Synopsis: Steel Sterling faces a magnet-powered foe, the Magnetic Menace, and the masked Gargoyle Gang, both of which work against each other.

Mighty Comics No. 49
August 1967
Cover: Steel Sterling vs. two villains; Fox vs. the Gasser (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Deadly Masterminds” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last appearance in issue #46; next chronological appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #3)
GS: Black Hood (last appearance in issue #47)
Villains: The Monster-Master (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #7; last appearance), Dr. Evil, Blackie and his gang (first and only appearance for all), monstroids (first appearance; destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: Steel Sterling and the Black Hood team up to fight Steel’s old foe the Monster-Master and a new villain, Dr. Evil.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 3
December 1983
Cover: Giant hand lifting Steel Sterling out of vat //Alan Weiss / Rudy Nebres (signed)
Story: “Introducing Ms. Samson” (chapter 1; 6 pages)
 Chapter 2: “Trial By Fire” (8 pages)
 Chapter 3: “Light From a Strange Star” (16 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Penciller; Eduardo Barretto
Inker: Tony DeZuniga
Letterer: Victor Gorelick
Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last chronological appearance in MIGHTY COMICS #49; next chronological appearance in LANCELOT STRONG, THE SHIELD #1; origin retold in detail)
Supporting Characters: Gayla Gaynor (first chronological appearance; next chronological appearance in LANCELOT STRONG, THE SHIELD #1), Ms. Samson, the Steelers, the Bag Lady, Pop Casey (first chronological appearance for all; all next chronologically appear in LANCELOT STRONG, THE SHIELD #2), Mr. Sterling (Steel’s father; in flashback; dies in this story), Mrs. Sterling (Steel’s mother; in flashback; first and only appearance), Meg Sterling (Steel’s sister; in flashback; first appearance; next appears in STEEL STERLING #4), Rita (first appearance; next appears in STEEL STERLING #4)
Villains: Frankie and his gang, various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: During an interview, Steel Sterling muses over his origin and the paths that have led him to his present.

Lancelot Strong, the Shield No. 1
June 1983
Story: “Humongous” (10 pages)
Editor, co-scripter: Rich Buckler
Co-scripter: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Adrian Gonzales
Inker: Rudy Nebres
Letterer: Rod Ollerenshaw
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last chronological appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #3)
Supporting Characters: Gayla Gaynor (first appearance; last chronological appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #3)
Intro: Sgt. Stephen Behler, Chip Carson, David Wagner (only appearance for all)
Villain: Humongous, Dr. Reese (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: Steel Sterling fights a giant villain who only wishes to be normal again.

Lancelot Strong, the Shield No. 2
August 1983
Story: “Screen Test For a Tin Hero”
 Chapter 1: “The Concrete Jungle” (6 pages)
 Chapter 2: “Muscle Isn’t Enough” (6 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Rudy Nebres
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: C. Hawk
Feature Character: Steel Sterling
Supporting Characters: Ms. Samson (Sheba Samson), Pop Casey, the Steelers (also known as the Young Steelers; Asa, Wong, Carmen, Red Wing, April, Arthur; first appearance for all; last chronological appearance for all in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #3), Annie (first appearance; next appears in STEEL STERLING #4)
Villains: The Sons o’ Satan (a motorcycle gang; first appearance)
Comment: Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: Steel Sterling continues to train in hopes of getting a role in an action picture, and meets the Steelers, a band of young fans.

Shield / Steel Sterling No. 3
December 1983
Story: “Screen Test For a Tin Hero”
 Chapter 3: “Showdown at Sunrise” (5 pages)
 Chapter 4: “Meet the Steelers” (7 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Eduardo Barretto
Letterer: Victor Gorelick
Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last appearance in LANCELOT STRONG, THE SHIELD #2)
Supporting Characters: Gayla Gaynor, Ms. Samson, the Steelers (all next appear in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #3), Eric Von Zeller (first appearance; next appears in STEEL STERLING #4)
Intro: Phil Levy, Ida Bannister (only appearance), the Bag Lady (next appears in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #2)
Villains: The Sons o’ Satan (a motorcycle gang), various crooks (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Shortly after this story Steel Sterling teams up with the Shield II to fight Red Sun in the first story in this issue.
Synopsis: Steel Sterling competes with Ms. Samson for a part in an action movie.
 
 

Steel Sterling No. 4
January 1984
Cover: Steel Sterling, Steelers, and police at site of auto wreck //Eduardo Barretto
Story: “A Licence to Kill” (30 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Eduardo Barretto
Letterers: Andy Kubert, Victor Gorelick
Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last appearance in BLUE RIBBON COMICS V. 2 #3)
Supporting Characters: The Steelers, Pop Casey, Ms. Samson, Gayla Gaynor, the Bag Lady, Meg Sterling, Rita, Eric Von Zeller (last appearance in SHIELD / STEEL STERLING #3)
Intro: Alice Addams, Norma Thomas, Vic Klusky, Mr and Mrs. Frank Corman (only appearance for all), Frankie Corman (dies in this story)
Cameo appearance: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Villains: Two drunk drivers, a band of spies (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: Steel Sterling and the Steelers try to deal with the human damage caused by a pair of drunk drivers.

Steel Sterling No. 5
March 1984
Cover: Steel Sterling vs. vultures and Arab terrorists //Rudy Nebres
Story: “Too Young to Kill” (6 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Frank McLaughlin
Letterer: BTO
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Characters: The Steelers
Villain: Georgie (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: Red Wing, the Indian member of the Steelers, is kidnapped by a madman insistent on reenacting the Battle of the Little Big Horn, with himself playing George Custer.

Story: “The Scent of Blood” (15 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Eduardo Barretto
Letterer: S. Gneiss
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling
Supporting Character: Ms. Samson, Gayla Gaynor, Steelers, Rita
Villains: Nick and his gang (first appearance for all; all die in this story)
Synopsis: Convicts hijack Steel’s bus and strand him and his friends in the desert, so he and Ms. Samson go to get their bus back.

Steel Sterling No. 6
May 1984
Cover: Steelers in boat gripped by ghostly hand  //Eduardo Barretto
Story: “The House That Wouldn’t Die” (10 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Eduardo Barretto
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Characters: The Steelers
GA: Steel Sterling
Supporting Characters: Ms. Samson, Rita, Gayla Gaynor
Intro: John Fenwick, Mary Fenwick, Tess Fenwick (die in this story, but return as ghosts; only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Young Steelers get a chance to “rescue” the ghost of a little girl killed in a twenty-year-old fire.

Steel Sterling No. 7
July 1994
Cover: Steel Sterling trapped on roulette wheel by Death and mobsters //Eduardo Barretto
Story: “Death Is the Joker” (16 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Robert Kanigher
Artist: Eduardo Barretto
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Steel Sterling (last appearance)
Supporting Characters: Gayla Gaynor, Rita, Ms. Samson, Steelers (last appearance for all)
Cameo appearance: Mr. Sterling (in flashback; dies in this story)
Villains: Eddie ( first appearance; dies in this story), Don Blanco and other mobsters (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: A mob boss who, decades ago, killed Steel Sterling’s father now assigns his men to do the same to Steel himself.

The Web

Fly Man No. 36
March 1966
Story: “The Origin of the Web” (5 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (origin story retold; last appearance in ZIP COMICS #38; next appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4)
Supporting Character: Rose Wayne Raymond (last appearance in ZIP COMICS #38?; next appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4)
Cameo appearances: Mrs. Raymond, Tom Raymond (both in flashback)
Comment: Shortly after this story the Web helps the Mighty Crusaders and a horde of other heroes fight the Wizard, the Hangman, and the Spider in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4, then forms the Ultra-Men and helps the Mighty Crusaders and the Terrific Three fight the Spider and the Nameless One in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5.
Villain: The Web impostor (last appearance in Shield story in this issue; last appearance)
Synopsis: With an impostor blackening his good name, John Raymond begs his wife for permission to become the Web again.

Fly Man No. 38
July 1966
Story: “The Mad Caper of the Madman” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #5; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #40)
Supporting Characters: Rose Raymond (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #40), Mrs. Wayne (first appearance; Rose’s mother; next appears in MIGHTY COMICS #40)
Villains: The Madman, the Acro-Bats (first and only appearance for all), the Ogre, Fatman (both in flashback; first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: The Web faces the Madman, a villain whose ray-weapon can induce madness.

Mighty Comics No. 40
November 1966
Cover: Web vs. Ironfist //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Web Vs. Ironfist” (14 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in FLY MAN #38)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (last appearance in FLY MAN #38), Mrs. Wayne (last appearance in FLY MAN #38; next appears in issue #45)
Cameo appearances: Mr. Talons, the Golem (two super-villains; in flashback; first and only appearance for both), Lyndon Baines Johnson
Villain: Ironfist (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Web’s ability to fight an armored villain named Ironfist is inhibited by a promise he makes to his wife to give up crimefighting.

Story: “Uglyman’s Ugliest Plot” (10 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (next appears in issue #43)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (next appears in issue #43)
Intro: Brett Winslow, Chester Gleam (only appearance for both)
Villains: Uglyman (Ernie Misty; first and only appearance), the Vegetable (in flashback; first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Web combats Uglyman, a villain out to assault handsome movie stars.

Mighty Comics No. 43
February 1967
Cover: Shield vs. the Storm King; Web vs. Mr. Scare and the Stunner (four vignettes) //Paul Reinman
Story: “The Viperous Villains” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (between issues #40 / 45)
Intro: Pow-Girl (Rose Raymond; becomes a costumed heroine for the first and only time in this story; between issues #40 / 45)
Villains: The Stunner, Mr. Scare, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Web, facing a pair of super-villains, gets a hand from a shapely costumed heroine, Pow-Girl, who is really his wife Rose.

Mighty Comics No. 45
April 1967
Story: “How the Web Became the Web” (3 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in issue #43; origin retold in flashback)
Supporting Characters: Rose Raymond (last appearance in issue #43), Mrs. Wayne (last appearance in issue #40; last appearance)
Other Character: Mrs. Raymond (the Web’s mother; in flashback; last appearance)
Villain: Tom Raymond (in flashback; last appearance)
Synopsis: Faced with the ire of his wife and his mother-in-law, the Web tries to justify his crime-fighting by retelling his origin to the two women.

Mighty Comics No. 46
May 1967
Story: “The Web Versus the Flipper” (11 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (next appears in issue #50)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (next appears in issue #50)
Intro: Mr. Roxley (only appearance)
Villain: The Flipper and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Web tangles with an acrobatic villain, the Flipper, after getting his wife’s qualified blessings.

Mighty Comics No. 50
October 1967
Story: “The Web Vs. Inferno, the Fire-Breather” (12 pages)
Editor: Richard Goldwater
Writer: Jerry Siegel
Artist: Paul Reinman
Feature Character: The Web (last appearance in issue #46; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1)
GS: Inferno (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS #4; last appearance)
Supporting character: Rose Raymond (last appearance in issue #46; next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #7)
Villains: Tom Alexander, an Inferno impostor, a crook (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: The Web’s adventures after this point are chronicled in the Mighty Crusaders index.
Synopsis: The Web and Inferno discover a plan by the city’s museum curator to use an Inferno impostor to burn fake art for a profiteering scheme.

Web and Jaguar

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 14
December 1984
Cover: Web and Jaguar vs. Freelancer and crook //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “The Killing Hour” (23 pages)
Editor:
Writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Lou Manna
Inkers: Rex Lindsley, Chic Stone
Feature Characters: Web, Jaguar (both between MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #10 / 11)
Supporting Character: Rose Raymond (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #7; last appearance)
Villains: The Freelancer and his gang, a car thief (first and only appearance for all), Washington Hayes (first appearance; dies in this story)
Comments: Rose Wayne Raymond is portrayed as being married to the Web in this story, and is revealed to be the Jaguar’s sister, so it is probable that the appearance of an older John Raymond, said to be the “father” of the current Web, is a chronicler’s error.
 The mystery killer whose identity is promised to be revealed in THE FLY #10 remains a mystery, as that issue was never published.
 The next issue, scheduled to feature the Cat-Girl, was never published.
Synopsis: The Web and the Jaguar team up to thwart the murderous plot of the Freelancer.

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