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Northguard is the superhero creation of
Shainblum and comic book artist Gabriel Morrissette.
Making his debut in New Triumph featuring Northguard #1
in 1984, Northguard was part of the early 80's wave of
post-modern, "realistic" superhero comics that deconstructed
some of the genre's most cherished clichés.
According to John Bell, author and
curator of Guardians of the North,
the National Library of Canada's virtual history of Canadian
comic book heroes, "By setting their work in the real world and
by examining the price of heroism, Shainblum and Morrissette
were responsible for what was probably the most sophisticated
depiction ever of a Canadian national superhero."
Fleur-de-Lys -- québécoise
superheroine and a major supporting character in the Northguard
series -- appeared on a Canadian postage stamp in 1995 as part
of the Canadian Superhero Stamp Series, which also featured
Superman, Johnny Canuck, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Captain
Canuck and Capitaine Kébek. Northguard himself appeared on the
stamp issue's collectible first-day isssue. In all, the series
was one of the most successful in Canadian postal history.
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