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American Crusader

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The American Crusader
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The American Crusader

Real Name

Archibald (Archie) Masters

First Appearance

Thrilling Comics #19 (Aug 1941)

Original Publisher


Created by

Max Plaisted

Golden Age Origin

Archie Masters was a timid, cautious astronomy professor who taught at Grand University somewhere in the eastern United States. A colleague created a device called an atom smasher, but the initial test went awry when Masters, preoccupied in his thoughts went into the room where the device was being used. He was bathed in atomic radiation but instead of killing him, the accident endowed him with various superhuman abilities such as strength, flight and invunerability. With his confidence boosted, he used these powers to fight crime as the American Crusader. In his civilian identity, he pretended to be a meek pushover he once was, to the endless frustration of his secretary, Jane Peters, who would have loved to be Archie's girlfriend if he wasn't (as far as she could tell) so absent-minded and cowardly.

In Thilling Comics #34, Archie left his job at the university and fought Nazi forces throughout the European front. He found an assistant in Mickey Martin, an American teenager who was stranded in France when Nazi forces invaded it.

Golden Age Appearances

  • America's Best Comics #6 (issues renewed from 2 (September 1942) to 3 (November 1942))
  • Thrilling Comics #19-35, #37-39, #41 (issues renewed from February 1940 (v. 1 no. 1) to at least v 11 #1 Nov 42 (Whole Number 31))


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