Identity: Joseph Cartelli
Force Field: Blue Shield is able to project a personal force field of Amazing strength around his body. The field is impervious to all harmful gases and toxins while allowing Blue Shield to breathe normally. The field also provides him with Incredible resistance to heat and cold-based attacks.
Lightning Speed: Blue Shield’s heightened metabolism allows him to move at Good land speed, 4 areas per round.
Note: Originally Blue Shield derived his powers from the microcircuitry-lined belt that he wore when in costume. The belt heightened his physical abilities and allowed him to project a personal force field. Over time, exposure to the belt (or perhaps its unknown power source) apparently mutated Cartelli’s genetic structure to the point where he no longer needs the belt to use his powers. The origin, designer, and current status of the belt are unknown.
Martial Arts B, C, Acrobatics, Tumbling, and Law Enforcement
Dazzler, She-Hulk, Captain America, Quasar, Project: Pegasus, Avengers, Squadron Supreme
Joe Cartelli is the son of Frank Cartelli, who was gunned down by the mob. While it was never explicitely stated, it is believed that Joe was a cop, or at least received some police training at some point of his life. He started to infiltrate the Barrigan crime family, masquerading as a mobster. At one point, he somehow acquired a belt with micro-circuitry of unknown origin who could give him the Blue Shield powers, and used it to fight his family and various other criminals. He also shortly allied with Dazzler.
Blue Shield was next seen attempting to join the Avengers, but was then approached to become security director for Project : Pegasus, a secret research project of the US Government. At that point, the abilities once confered by the belt were somehow natural for Joe and could produce the same effects without any visible equipement. He did a good job but resigned after he failed to protect the project from the alien lifeform called Omnivore. However, he later reaccepted the post.