“When Captain America throws his mighty shield / All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield / If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due / Then the red and the white and the blue’ll come through / When Captain America throws his mighty shield.”
There aren’t many super weapons with their own theme song, but there aren’t many as iconic as Captain America’s shield. The round shield first appeared in “Captain America Comics” #2. It is made of a mysterious alloy with properties of vibranium and adamantium and is indestructible, except when it isn’t. The shield has been a constant companion of Steve Rogers and has lasted from World War II into the far future, and has been wielded by several other men and women, mostly with honor and good intentions (although sometimes not). Here are 15 superheroes who wielded the shield.
15. STEVE ROGERS
The first shield-bearer, of course, is Steve Rogers, the 98-pound weakling with a stellar strength of character even before his physique was altered to reach the maximum of human capability. Debuting in “Captain America Comics” #1, he was a leader in the effort to fight World War II even before the United States joined the Allies. Since then, he’s been a mainstay of the Avengers, frequently battled alongside Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. and has been at the forefront of major events throughout the Marvel Universe’s history.
Captain America has constantly been regarded as an exemplar of justice and freedom, until it was revealed in “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #1 that he is secretly loyal to Hydra, and has been since his childhood and throughout his career. This is a Steve Rogers who has been altered by the Cosmic Cube and has had false memories implanted, and the ramifications from those changes are still playing out.