Device or Vehicle














Captain America's Shield
Nick Name
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Creator or Inventor
Dr. Myron MacLain
Owner or Possessor

Captain America I

Captain America VI


Note: Johnny Walker used the original shield while posing as Captain America, because Steve Rogers was forced to retire due refusing questionable missions assigned to him by the U.S. Government agency known as the Commission On Superhero Activities.


While posing as "The Captain," Rogers used a substitute shield created by Tony Stark (Iron Man I). Rogers returned the shield created by Stark after a disagreement due to events related to Iron Man attacking armored heroes and villains during the Armor Wars.


T'Challa (Black Panther I), the king of Wakanda, used his access to the rare element Vibranium, which exist primarily in Wakanda, to create another substitute shield. That shield was eventually used by Walker when he became known as U.S.Agent.


Function or Uses

Defensive shield and offensive weapon.


Note: Captain America's first shield was a kite-shaped steel shield with no extraordinary properties.


Early in his career with the Avengers, Captain America utilized a transistorized magnetic homing beacon, created by by Tony Stark, which was implanted within his glove to recall his shield after it was offensively thrown, but he soon discarded the device.


Captain America has also utilized an electro-magnetic shield which is housed in a special gauntlet, and can be reformed into a variety of offensive and defensive shapes.


Note: Captain America's original kite-shaped shield was changed to a round shield in his second issue appearance because of its similarity to the breastplate worn by "The Shield" - a patriotic superhero published by MLJ.


Size
2' 6" Diameter
Weight
12 lbs.
Special Properties

Composed of a Vibranium alloy cast upon a steel core.


Vibranium is noted for its shock absorbing properties and resilience.


Note: Vibranium is acquired from two known sources. The most common source is a large mountain in the African kingdom of Wakanda. The less common source is found in the Savage Land, a prehistoric world hidden within a mountain range of the continent of Antarctica. Antarctic Vibranium is also known as Anti-Metal because of its constant emanation of vibrations destroying the molecular bonds of other metals.


Vibranium is likely of an extraterrestrial source, which fell to Earth thousands of years ago.


Regularly Appearing

Avengers Vol. 1, 2 & 3

Captain America Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Captain America and The Falcon

Captain America Comics


First Appearance
Captain America Comics #2 (April, 1941)
Creator
Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
Origin

Captain America's shield was cast by American metallurgist Dr. Myron MacLain, who was contracted by the U.S. Government to create an impenetrable substance to use for tanks during World War II.


During his experiments, Dr. MacLain combined the exotic metal Wakandan Vibranium with a steel alloy, with which he created a disk-shaped shield. Unfortunately he was never able to duplicate the process.


The unique shield was coated with a high-temperature enamel in the colors of the American flag, and presented to the Sentinel of Liberty shortly after the beginning of his career.


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