In 1941, Captain America was introduced to the world in Captain America Comics #1. His name says it all: he was the champion of America, garbed in the colors of the American Flag and sporting a shield to match. In the beginning, Captain America’s shield did not look quite as it does today. When he was first introduced, he wielded a triangular shield, very similar to the 1700s’ Great Seal of the United States. At that time, his shield had three white stars on top, with a blue background. On the bottom were nine stripes in red, white, and blue.
Unfortunately, this shield was very similar to the chestpiece of a superhero introduced just one year earlier: The Shield. In the next issue of Captain America Comics, our hero was given a round shield. It was very similar to the iconic one known today, but had a blue stripe on the outside, two write stripes, and only one red stripe. The center still had the white star in a blue circle.
After many stripe changes, the shield was finally given the look that we are familiar with today: a blue circle with two red stripes and one white stripe. This is the shield which I will be teaching you to make in the tutorial below. Enjoy!
Part One: The Star
Part Two: The Blue Circle
Part Three: Rings around the Circle