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Issue Details

Issue #3
Published December 1983
Frequency Bi-monthly in Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., and Dec.
Cover Price 1.00 USD; 1.25 CAD
Pages 36
Editing Robin Snyder (Editor); Richard H. Goldwater (Editor-in-Chief)
Notes Last issue with the Shield. Numbering continues in Steel Sterling #4 (Red Circle, 1984)

Cover Details

Characters Shield [Lancelot Strong]; Negatron; Dr. Laureen Smith
Genre superhero
Pencils Alan Weiss (signed)
Inks Alan Weiss (signed)
Notes wrap around cover

1 page text article "Under The Gun!"

Characters Steel Sterling
Script Robin Snyder
Letters typeset
Notes Continues the Steel Sterling checklist. Includes an unpublished cover from Steel Sterling #1 (Mighty Comics, 1966). The story for that cover was used in Mighty Crusaders #7 (Mighty Comics, 1966)

18 page Shield story "Dark Day of the Red Sun II Target: USA"

Characters Shield [Lancelot Strong] (dies in this story); Red Sun (also called the Souless Samurai-- dies in this story); Negatron (also called Deathstar -- dies in this story); Dr. Laureen Smith; Professor Ishida (dies in this story); Dr. Malcolm Fleming and his wife (cameo- in flashback); Steel Sterling; General Smith
Synopsis As a sick Shield goes in for what appears to be routine surgery, the doctors realizes he sicker than he knows. Using the last of his powers, he goes to stop the Souless Samurai and Deathstar, sacrificing his life in the process.
Genre superhero
Script Robert Kanigher
Pencils Alex Nino [as Nino]
Inks Alex Nino [as Nino]
Colors Ken Feduniewicz
Letters Adam Kubert
Notes Continued from last issue. Letterer and colorist credits submitted by Derek Reinhard via the GCD Errors List (August 2007). Vs Red Sun and Deathstar (from #1).

2 page letters page

Characters Steel Sterling
Letters typeset
Notes Includes 4 thumbnail sized black and white cover reproductions from Zip Comics.

12 page Steel Sterling story "Screen Test for a Tin Hero Chapter Three: Showdown at Sunrise"

Characters Steel Sterling; Gayla Gaynor; Mr. von Zeller; Ms. Samson; Honcho; the Young Steelers
Synopsis Steel Sterling makes short work of the motorcycle gang, meets some more of the neighborhood folk, interferes with a CIA sting, and auditions for the Tin Man movie.
Genre superhero
Script Robert Kanigher
Pencils Eduardo Barreto; Bill Dubay (page 1 only)
Inks Eduardo Barreto; Bill Dubay (page 1 only)
Colors Ken Feduniewicz
Letters Victor Gorelick
Notes Continued from last issue. The series begins to take on a strong human-interest, and human-scale point of view. Letterer and Colorist credits submitted by Derek Reinhard via GCD Errors List (August 2007).

1 page (backcovers) *do not use* / *please fix* "NEEDS TO BE DELETED; PART OF THE WRAP AROUND COVER"