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Real Name
Archibald "Archie" Masters
Current Alias

The Crusader





Base Of Operations
Grand University; SMASH HQ, Antarctica,Earth



Science Hero, Astronomer

Ph.D. Astronomy

Original Publisher
Nedor Comics

First appearance





Archie Masters gets his powers

In 1941, believing he had discovered a new planet near Uranus, Grand University Astronomy professor Archie Masters rushed to inform physicist Professor Scott. Scott was about to split an atom, when Masters was caught in the energy release. After leaving the hospital, he was accosted by a mugger. Manifesting invulnerability and great stregth, he defeated the criminal.

Theorizing that, as the energetic power of the atom is practically unlimited, when the atom smasher went off, it rearranged his atomic structure, giving him "virtually limitless power". He swore an oath to protect his country from evil as The Crusader.

In his first adventure, he uncovered a plot to seize power by simultaneously exploding multiple bombs across the country. Tracking the saboteurs to their headquarters, he destroyed them with one of their own bombs.[2]

Modern Age

He is an alcoholic, and currently operates with the modern incarnation of SMASH.

Powers and Abilities


Described by Tom Strong as "probably the first nuclear science-hero", he is "possibly even more powerful than Tom Strange".

None known, required no time to recover from thirty years of suspended animation while others members of SMASH did.[3]

See Also

Links and References

  • American Crusader at Wikipedia
  • International Superheroes Entry on American Crusader
  • Golden Age Superheroes
  • Thrilling Comics #25 (February 1942) Online Reprint
  • Nedor-A-Day


  1. Historical First Appearance: Thrilling Comics #19 (August 1941)
  2. Thrilling Comics #19 online reprint
  3. Tom Strong #12
ABC Character(s)

This character, team, organization or group of characters exists under the continuity of the America's Best Comics company/imprint, and its respectively owned titles. America's Best Comics was originally an independent publisher, started by notable creator Alan Moore, but was bought by WildStorm Productions, a subsidiary of DC Comics, making all its material DC property. This template will categorize articles that include it into the "Earth-ABC Characters category."

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