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Brothers of the Crimson Cross

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The Brothers of the Crimson Cross

Real Name


First Appearance

Hell-Rider #1 (Sept. 1971)

Original Publisher


Created by

Gary Friedrich, Ross Andru, & Mike Esposito (possibly John Celardo and Rich Buckler)


The Brothers of the Crimson Cross are a fictional group of white supremacists. They are described as "a gathering of sick, distorted minds such as this country has not witnessed since the Ku Klux Klan's rule of terror held the South in its deadly grip." They battled Butterfly in their first and only appearance.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Hell Rider #2


  • Skywald did not include a proper copyright notice on its issues of "Hell-Rider" (it did not consist of the word "copyright"/the symbol for copyright followed by the year of publication and the name of the copyright holders) and thus, because of copyright law at the time, became public domain upon release.
  • The "Hell-Rider" issues were mature-audience magazines not covered by comic books' Comics Code Authority.
  • Art credits for the first issue's backups are disputed, with sources suggesting either John Celardo and Rich Buckler as the "Butterfly" penciler. Buckler is credited for the second issue's appearance of the character.

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