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When a recent request for more golden age characters came, I immediately thought of this guy, who's actually appeared in various comics in the modern age, including a webcomic called Heroes Inc. and even had a bit of a shout-out by Grant Morrison in Multiversity. I'm not sure why this character always stuck with me. Maybe it's because I like the name, maybe I find his costume simple but memorable, maybe it's because I like the idea of a patriotic hero with Superman level powers. Or maybe it's because his origin really, really should have just killed him.

But don't take my word for it. Take a look at his origin yourself.

Warning for female abuse.

From Thrilling Comics #19, copyright August 1941, now in public domain. Creators unknown, but possibly Kin Platt and Ned Pines, who are credited as artist and editor of this issue respectively.

Date: 2017-03-05 12:48 am (UTC)
skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
From: [personal profile] skjam
Why is my boss not woke? It's driving me to a single tear!

Date: 2017-03-05 12:57 am (UTC)
cygnia: (Vodka!)
From: [personal profile] cygnia
"that small speck around Uranus"

*giggles like a ten year old*

Date: 2017-03-05 09:00 am (UTC)
lyricalswagger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lyricalswagger
It's never just you, I had the same thought!

Date: 2017-03-05 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] agharta75
That trapped-in-an-atomic-reactor origin always works.

Date: 2017-03-05 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tcampbell1000
Man, even by Golden Age standards, that art is... something.

Date: 2017-03-05 02:51 am (UTC)
trooper924: (Default)
From: [personal profile] trooper924
The book The League of Regrettable Superheroes said that given better circumstances, some of the superheroes it spotlighted could've been bigger successes.

I feel like this applies to the Crusader. You got a pretty solid superhero setup here. The Crusader himself is an obvious Superman knockoff, but that is a very distinctive and memorable costume design. I'd say it's conceivable that he might've been a bigger deal had he been published by DC or Marvel's predecessors.

Date: 2017-03-05 04:35 am (UTC)
lamashtar: Deadpool with a Green Lantern power ring (What could go wrong?)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
The costume isn't what stays with me. If the origin weren't so old, I'd think this was a parody. The professor is deliberately given a ridiculous personality. His reasoning for doing things seems...tenuous. And he's somewhat casual about murdering the bosses behind the gang. Frankly, he seems more like a typical supervillain type, who just happened to focus on fighting crime first. It'd be interesting to see him again, with that in mind. Public domain, eh? Someone bring him back!

Date: 2017-03-05 09:14 am (UTC)
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
From: [personal profile] alicemacher
"And he's somewhat casual about murdering the bosses behind the gang."

It's interesting how quickly he goes from "Mercy--I shouldn't have done that! I lost my temper" after (justifiably) punching out the mugger to, as you say, casually blowing up the conspirators.

Also--psst, astronomy professor: It's "planetesimal," not "planetissimal."

Date: 2017-03-05 12:59 pm (UTC)
trooper924: (Default)
From: [personal profile] trooper924
This is the Golden Age when reason and logic are scarce and where superheroes showed absolutely no restraint when dealing with criminals.

And the Crusader has been brought back a few times. There's the Heroes Inc. webcomic mentioned above, but Alan Moore also used in his Tom Strong comics where he lived on a duplicate Earth called Terra Obscura with other public domain heroes.

Date: 2017-03-05 05:36 pm (UTC)
lamashtar: Shun the nonbelievers! Shun-na! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lamashtar
Looks like his personality has been given an angsty lift.. http://www.heroes-inc.net/?p=29

Date: 2017-03-05 05:49 am (UTC)
dustbunny105: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dustbunny105
I like to think Miss Peters sheds a single tear every time Professor Masters leaves the room.

This is delightful, thanks for sharing :D Did the Crusader have more adventures?

Date: 2017-03-05 06:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dragontail
I really liked all of this, but I've a particular soft spot for a flying character following a homing pigeon to find the bad guys. Take that, phone-tracers and hackers! In my day, we did it with good old fashioned birds and flying men!

Date: 2017-03-05 09:28 am (UTC)
bizarrohulk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bizarrohulk
in fairness, a lot of superhero origins should have been fatal, or at least debilitating. Being exposed to massive amounts of radiation or doused in a cocktail of unknown chemicals is rather more likely to result in you acquiring an aggressive form of cancer than superpowers.

Date: 2017-03-05 03:57 pm (UTC)
bradygirl_12: (superman--wonder woman (uncle sam & lady)
From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
I happen to like the art, or maybe it's just the vivid colors. :)

Wow, so the gentle prof is really quite the casual killer! That mug he knocks off the building presumably went splat, and he kills all the conspirators.

I do like him buying his costume piece-by-piece. :)

Date: 2017-03-06 12:53 pm (UTC)
angelophile: (Shaun - Nice cup of tea)
From: [personal profile] angelophile
How great is the composition of these pages? It's so easy to read.

Date: 2017-03-08 11:17 am (UTC)
lizard_of_aus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lizard_of_aus
"Stop! You can't do that! It's impossible!"

Yes, how dare you perform an incredible inhuman feat! Why, I oughta run you in for breaking the laws of physics!


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