American Crusader. Science Professor Archibald Masters, a timid scientist at a university in an unnamed (New York) East Coast port, is accidentally exposed to the radiation of an “atom smasher” during an experiment gone awry. The radiation gives him super-strength, flight, speed, and invulnerability to bullets. Disgusted with both crime and the Axis powers, he puts on a costume and begins fighting the bad guys, meanwhile keeping his civilian identity a secret, much to the disgust of his secretary and possible love interest Jane Peters. For a brief period the Crusader is assisted by Mickey Martin. The American Crusader fights Nazis with heat rays, an insane botanist who designs poison spore puff balls the size of houses, and hordes of Nazi zombies. The American Crusader’s superpowers include super-strength, flight, speed, and invulnerability to bullets. He appears in stories with titles like “The Incendiary Ray,” “The Black Vulture,” and “America Crusader Joins the Chetniks.”

First Appearance: Thrilling Comics #19 (Standard), Aug 1941. 23 appearances, 1941-1944. Created by Max Plaisted and ?







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