Welcome to Wednesday’s Thursday’s Mega Comics Group Updates!
How does this stuff happen to us?! 🙂 Okay here we are minding our own business, getting our post for Wednesday ready, even a little early for a change. One thing leads to another, interruptions rule the day and before we know it we don’t get the blog finished until very late. So rather than post it late we just decided to schedule it to post early Thursday morning. As usual around here, were a day late and a dollar short. …sigh… 😉
Profile: American Crusader. Real Name : Archibald Masters First Appearance: Thrilling Comics #19 (Aug 1941) Original Publishers: Nedor
Harvey Created by: Max Plaisted.
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 and 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 fiance.
Heroes Inc. is a web comic based on Public Domain comic book characters. In a world where the Allies of WWII lost the war and superheroes are believed to be nothing more than pulp fiction, the world is shocked by alarming reports of super villains emerging around the globe to terrorize and wreak havoc.
Archibald Masters, The American Crusader, now an old man, sets out on a mission to find the remaining Golden Age heroes and take DNA samples from them in order to create a new generation of heroes to serve and protect the country that is so dear to his heart.
Now, a little about the creator of Heroes Inc. in his own words from his own site:
My name is Scott Austin and I’m the writer and illustrator of Heroes inc. I ‘m an American living in the backwaters of Finland. I do illustration and CGI freelance work . Lately I’ve been working on gathering many smaller personal projects into one big one. That bigger project is Heroes inc.
So how did this all come about? Well, waaaay back in 2004 I had a cool idea about a superhero comic with a realistic twist. Or at least as realistic as you can get with superheroes 🙂 I had made a submission package for Marvel in which an aging Captain America is going over his life from WWII to present. Nothing ever came of it so I thought “Heck, I’ll just use these. So Captain America turned into Archibald Masters. It was called Heroes inc. But… nothing came of it.
How did the public domain characters come in to play? I was at the library using the internet (wasn’t very common to have it at home back then) and I fell upon a page about Golden Age heroes. Among others were the Nedor/Standard/Better characters that had fallen into public domain. Cool stuff. So I saved the pages onto a diskette (remember those?) and took them home for further investigation. I started awakening Heroes inc again.
Buuuuuut…. yup, that’s right, nothing ever came of it. Until… years later I saw an article on the web about Project: Superpowers. Holy crap! All this time I was sitting on these characters and now someone else was beating me to it! And no other than Alex Ross!
Read the rest here: www.heroes-inc.net/
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
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