Shaft (comics)

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Shaft
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Shaft
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
First appearance Youngblood #1 August 1992
Created by Rob Liefeld
In-story information
Alter ego Jeff Terrel
Team affiliations Youngblood
Abilities Expert in Swordsmanship and Marksmanship

Shaft (aka Jeff Terrel) is a comic book superhero created by writer-artist Rob Liefeld. In the early Nineties, Liefeld created the character for his Extreme Studios as leader of superhero team “Youngblood”.[1][2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Jeff Terrel is an undercover FBI agent dating an assistant DA when a sniper tries to kill him at a shopping mall. He slays his attacker with a thrown pen. [3] Later, he is approached by the government-sponsored team, Youngblood. He joined the team being an already accomplished archer. He adopts the name of Shaft and began the first of many adventures with the group. His first adventure involves the removal a fictional Middle Eastern dictator named Hussain Kussein. Part of Youngblood is concerned with public relations, as seen with the media relations expert Tymer in issue three. In the same issue, he leads a holding action against a prison break. [4]

When then leader Battlestone was accused of misleading the team and was held responsible for the deaths of many members, Shaft went on to lead the team while Battlestone founded and became leader of Brigade. One of his earliest actions was rescuing Dan Quayle from the WildC.A.T.S. Or so he thought. This had been part of a shape-shifting Daemonite plot. [5] Shaft also made an appearance in the Alan Moore written "Judgement Day" limited series printed by Liefeld's second comic book publishing company Awesome Comics. In it he played a part in the trial of fellow Youngblood teammate Knightsabre. Outside of Youngblood he was featured in a crossover with the Valiant Comics heroes, notably Bloodshot. [6] Shaft and his team try to bring in the California based super-squad 'The Pact' for questioning in a legal matter. [7]

In 1995 he goes through a gender reversal in the 'Babewatch' event.

Shaft has a prominent cameo in the Shattered Image limited series, attempting to help keep the Earth from splintering off into six different versions. [8]

When Shaft's teammate Riptide is found murdered and fellow hero Knightsabre is suspected, Shaft leads the political and legal chaos that follows as such as a situation is unique for society at that time. [9]

Present[edit]

He once again led Youngblood in the Image Comics-published Youngblood written by Joe Casey. This team was a public relations front put forth by the US government. He is teamed with Badrock, Cougar, Doc Rocket, Diehard and Johnny Panic. Each member of the team has their own action figure line; they also star in the in-universe Youngblood cartoon show. [10]

Shaft is featured in the Image United crossover that took place in November 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rob Liefeld Takes Aim At "Youngblood" #71 - Comic Book Resources". Comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: McLaughlin Spills on "Youngblood's" 75th Issue - Comic Book Resources". Comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Youngblood #1 (July 1992)
  4. ^ Youngblood #3 (August 1992)
  5. ^ "WildC.A.T.S." #3 (December 1992)
  6. ^ Youngblood/Bloodshot (July 1993)
  7. ^ "The Pact" #2 (April 1994)
  8. ^ "Shattered Image" #2 (October 1996)
  9. ^ Judgement Day #1-3 (June 1997 - October 1997)
  10. ^ "Youngblood" #1-4 (2008)

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