The Shield is the name of several fictionalpatrioticsuperheroes created by MLJ (now known as Archie Comics). The Shield has the distinction of being one of the first superheroes with a costume based upon United States patriotic iconography, appearing fourteen months before Captain America.
The name was used by MLJ/Archie for 4 characters. DC Comics' Impact line, which were licensed versions of the Archie characters, also used the name for several characters. In 2010, DC announced plans to integrate the Shield and other MLJ characters into their DC Universe (DCU) line of superhero characters. However, in 2011 the characters reverted back to Archie Comics where a fourth Shield was introduced with her own series in April 2015.