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Electroso (Icons Writeup)

Electroso
aka Unknown
ELECTROSO

Prowess 3
Coordination 3
Strength 3
Intellect 2
Awareness 3
Willpower 3

Stamina 6

Powers
*Electricity Control 5 (Extras: Blast)

Specialties
None

Qualities
Electric Evil
Brain Emperor’s Henchman
An ordinary man given superpowers

Background

Electroso was one of several henchmen the Brain Emperor gathered together to fight the Mighty Crusaders. He challenged the Comet to battle (apparently forgetting that the Comet is famous for KILLING VILLAINS), gloating that his Electric-Touch could destroy anything. There wasn’t much of a battle, as the Comet transformed a tree to metal, forming an electric rod which caused Electroso to disintegrate when he used his electric powers.

This is another of those disposable bad guys that the Crusaders fought a lot in the Sixties. He has a decent visual, though, so maybe he could be updated to the modern day.

The Comet (Icons Writeup)

The Comet comet
aka John Dickering

Prowess 4
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 6
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 8

Powers
*Flight 6
*Disolvo-Vision (Blast) 8 (Limit: Always On, the Comet’s eye-beams are blocked by glass lenses)

During the time that the Comet used Altroxian technology to mimic his abilities, use the following stats:
*Rainbow Helmet (Flight) 4
*Blast Gloves 6

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Power – Disolvo-Vision (Expert +2 bonus, Science – Altroxian (+1 bonus), Science – Chemistry (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Blood Thirsty Cosmic Avenger
Former Ruler of the planet Altrox
Mentally Unstable due to the gas in his bloodstream

Background

When John Dickering began his scientific experiments, he didn’t know at the time that one of those experiments was going to change his life forever. During his experiments, he discovered the formula for a new lighter-than-air gas, but he wasn’t sure of how humans would be affected by direct contact with the gas. He chose the most unorthodox way of testing the effects of the gas on humans by injecting himself with the gas, risking his own life in the process. He found that after injecting himself with the gas, he was able to leap tremendous distances. Further injections made him buoyant enough that it practically gave him the power of flight. But there was a major catch to those injections of that gas.

That catch came in the form of an unforeseen – and very deadly – side effect. The gas had collected in his eyes and threw off two beams. When the beams crossed, they combined to form a deadly energy beam that disintegrated anything he looked at. Fortunately, Dickering found out that the beam was ineffective against the element Silicon or any Silicon-based material such as glass. By simply wearing eyeglasses or glass goggles, Dickering was able to protect those around him from being harmed by those deadly eyebeams.

Dickering found that anyone possessing those powers could all too easily become a threat. So he destroyed the formula for the gas to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. He also decided to use his newly gained powers for good and to that end, he decided to become a crime-fighter. He then donned a strikingly designed costume of red and black which featured a raiseable glass visor attached to his cowl to allow him to use his powerful eye-beams. Thus, John Dickering began his new career as one of the earliest of the great “mystery-men”, the Comet.

In his first recorded case, the Comet was alerted to a plot to use typhoid germs as a weapon of murder by an old friend of his. He then flew to Chicago and learned that the germs were being used in a series of murder-for-hire plots against various people and promptly prevented each of those murder attempts by destroying the germs. He also then killed the carrier of the typhoid germs by disintegrating him with a blast of his “dissolvo-vision” (the term the Comet used for the deadly disintegration ray emitted by his eyes). Shortly afterward, the Comet headed for a showdown with members of the ringleader’s gang, only to be lured into a trap where he imprisoned in a glass filled dungeon (The gangsters found out that the Comet’s disintegration ray was ineffective against glass in a previous encounter when he disintegrated the house they were in and found that only the window glass was unharmed.). He managed to escape the trap and then obliterated the gang with a blast of his dissolvo-vision. He then confronted their leader – a criminal named Dr. Archer – and then flew him into the skies above and hurled him to his death on the grounds below. Thus ended the first recorded adventure of the Comet (Pep Comics #1).

The Comet’s next two cases were to be the ones that would change his life and his career forever. He flew to Florida to investigate a series of occurrences in which a sinister looking face began appearing in the clouds above Florida which was soon followed by the disappearance of an armored car on each occasion. The Comet flew to Florida on the hypothesis that the person responsible for these occurrences might be directing them from a base somewhere in the Everglades only to be caught in an artificial whirlpool and captured by two men working for a criminal mastermind calling himself Satan. They then soldered his visor closed and threw him into the underground lake. Leaving the Comet to die of drowning in the underground lake, Satan and his men left to begin another mission of piracy.

Shattering his glass visor on a stone wall, the Comet broke free from his potential watery grave and trailed them to Miami. He found out that Satan and his men created this ruse using two blimps. One of the blimps projected a motion picture image of a face in the clouds with a loudspeaker blaring out the dialogue while the other blimp used a special magnetic device to grab the armored cars from the ground. The Comet then blasted the first blimp with his disintegration eye-beams, destroying it and all those aboard. Then he trailed the other blimp and destroyed it just as it was about to hijack an armored car (Pep#2).

He then landed on the ground to help search for Satan’s body. He found that all those aboard those two blimps died when he blasted them from the sky. Thinking that Satan was dead, a weary Comet headed for home. After he arrived home, he was knocked unconscious by chloroform, imprisoned in a glass tube, and brought to a hideout in California. He then found out that Satan was still alive and was planning a new series of crimes. After getting him into a weakened state, Satan then had a crooked hypnotist named Zadar hypnotize the Comet into becoming a mind slave with the compulsion to commit crimes and kill those who would get in his way.

His first act as a criminal was to rob the Utica Textile factory in Los Angeles. He killed a guard by throwing him to his death from a scaffold. He then found himself in a battle with police officers who had arrived on the scene. This led to a battle in which he killed the policemen at the scene with blasts of his deadly eye-beams. This was soon followed by a series of spectacular crimes in which the mind-controlled Comet robbed and killed under Satan’s and Zadar’s influence. Thinking that Satan was keeping him from his fair share of the loot from the Comet’s robberies, Zadar had the hypnotized Comet kill Satan with a blast of his “disolvo-vision”. The hypnotized Comet then unintentionally killed Zadar with a blast of “disolvo-vision” which led to him coming out of his hypnotized state. he then spotted a newspaper headline that detailed his crimes that he committed under the villains’ influence. The Comet vowed there and then to clear himself of all of the crimes he committed under their influence of die trying (Pep #3).

Shortly afterward, the Comet decided to turn himself into the authorities for the crimes he committed under Zador’s influence in the hope that they would believe him. But after he turned himself in, word got out that the Comet was being held in the local jail, and that led to a lynch mob descending on the jail ready to lynch the Comet. He then blasted his way out of the jail and flew off with the mob and police shooting at him. After being wounded by the gunfire in his escape, the Comet flew to a small mining town where he fell into unconsciousness. He was found and brought back to health by an old miner who believed his story about his innocence. The old miner then asked him to help the mining community by convincing the mine owner, a man named Riley to invest in new ventilation for the mine to save the miners from silicosis (a condition caused by silica dust building up in the lungs). After the Comet saved the lives of several miners in a cave-in, Riley then trapped the Comet in the mine and tried to kill him with poison gas. The Comet then blasted his way out of the mine with his “disolvo vision”. As he reached the surface, Riley tried to throw a stick of dynamite at the Comet. The Comet then blasted the stick with his eye-beams, killing Riley in the resulting explosion. He was then able to convince Riley’s associates to invest in the necessary improvements to the mine (Pep #4).

Later, he would meet another person who believed his innocence in the form of Thelma Gordon, a newspaper reporter for The Daily Star who soon became the woman in his life. He met her as he began investigating a series of crimes by Stinger Lee, a gangster who was using a blackout ray to help commit his crimes. He spotted him as Lee and his men tried to kill the inventor of the blackout ray. After rushing the inventor to the hospital, the Comet and Thelma Gordon tracked down Lee and his gang as they committed an armored car robbery using the blackout ray. The Comet caught up to Lee and his men as they tried to escape by speedboat under the cover of the blackout ray. The Comet then blasted the boat with his deadly eye-beams, destroying the boat and killing Lee and his men (Pep #5). Afterward, Thelma began trying to help the Comet prove his innocence while trying to write him up as a hero rather than as an outlaw.

For the Comet, it was bad enough that he was now hunted by the police for the crimes he committed under Zador’s influence. But what made it even worse was something that could have very easily gotten him in dutch with the law if he didn’t even commit those acts, his homicidal attitude towards criminals. Unlike such contemporary “mystery men” as the Shield or the Wizard (not to mention such later crime busters as the Hangman or the Web) who preferred to let the legal system be the executioners of the criminals they cornered; the Comet preferred to act as judge, jury, and executioner of any of the criminals he encountered. He thought nothing of letting the system handle any of the criminals he cornered when he could just simply disintegrate them with a blast of his deadly eye-beams. These actions alone would have made him a fugitive even if Satan and Zador didn’t hypnotize him and turned him into a cop-killing criminal. As a result of both the circumstances involving Zador and his own homicidal tendencies towards criminals, the Comet became both a fugitive from justice and a ruthless killer vigilante that even average citizens, as well as criminals, feared.

It all would come to a head for the Comet in mid-1941 shortly after he delivered one of Big Boy Malone’s men to the police for grilling, fleeing in a hail of police gunfire after the delivery. He flew to his apartment to find Thelma Gordon waiting for him. She tried to talk him into giving up his career as the Comet and settling down with her as scientist John Dickering. She felt that he had more than atoned for the crimes he committed – including the murders of policemen – under Zador’s influence. But he refused knowing that his conscience wouldn’t let him give up his career. To quote him: “No Thel! We could never be happy. My conscience wouldn’t allow me. While I live, I’ve got to try and make amends!”.

Shortly afterward, he went in to change from his Comet uniform to his street clothes only to be spotted by his brother Robert who stopped in for a visit. After revealing his identity to his brother, John asked Bob to squire Thelma around town while he caught up on some lab work. And for the next week or so, Bob did just that. This eventually led to the brothers getting into an argument over Thelma and Bob storming out of John’s apartment, only to be waylaid by two of Bib Boy Malone’s men mistaking him for John Dickering; who was to testify against Malone’s man.

Seeing Bob being taken hostage, led to John pursuing Bob’s kidnappers as the Comet. Pursuing them, he blasted a tire from their car with his “dissolvo-vision” causing it to crash into a lamppost. Bob quickly broke free of his captors, only to be shot at by them. The Comet swooped down on the gangsters, shielding his brother by having the gangster’s bullets strike him. Policemen drawn by the gunfire began shooting at the hoodlums and it quickly escalated into a shootout.

In the confusion, Bob Dickering quickly scooped up his brother and rushed him to his laboratory via a fire escape. With Thelma Gordon and his brother Bob at his side, the dying hero spoke his last words:

“Easy Thel! We’ve got to go sometime! My turn now! … you two stick together! Kind of a memorial to me. G.. Goodbye, Bob! Bye Thel… aaahh! Thus John Dickering alias the Comet died of his injuries. It was his death that leads to Bob Dickering launching his own crime-busting career as the Hangman (Pep #17).

This should have been the end of the story of the Comet, but surprisingly it wasn’t. For decades later, rumors began to spread that the Comet didn’t die that day in 1941, much of this has since become the stuff of urban legend. And it all started with the emergence of a new hero calling himself the Comet.

This new Comet emerged a few years after the death of the original Comet. He first made his existence known when he tried unsuccessfully to court the superheroine known as Fly-Girl (The Adventures of the Fly #30). In that initial appearance, the Comet claimed he was the former ruler of the planet Altrox and had come to make Fly-Girl his bride. Shortly afterward, his next appearance led to the forming of a legendary super team.

His next appearance came as the Spider made a series of attempts on the life of the superhero known as the Fly (who at the time was using the name of the Fly-Man). It occurred when the Spider sent a giant mechanical claw to steal a pavilion of the World’s Fair. The Fly then grew to giant size and tried to destroy the claw. As he was destroying the claw, the Spider tried to electrocute the Fly by sending a deadly electrical current through the claw. Fortunately, the Comet flew on the scene and destroyed the claw with a disintegration ray fired from his “power gloves” (Fly-Man #31). Shortly afterward, the Comet then teamed up with the Fly, Fly-girl, the Shield (William Higgins), and the Black Hood for three adventures (Fly-Man #s 31-33) before formally organizing as the Mighty Crusaders.

Unlike the original Comet – who had chemically induced superpowers – the new Comet relied on scientific devices for his super feats. The orange and green (originally red and white) clad hero flew with the aid of a special anti-gravity helmet (called a rainbow helmet because of its spectrum design). The helmet was the power source for his chief weapons, special gloves which had miniature projectors at the fingertips which allowed him to fire a variety of rays.

The new Comet stayed in the crimefighting spotlight for a short period, both on his own and as a member of the Mighty Crusaders (The Mighty Crusaders{first series} #s 1-7). After the team disbanded, the Comet disappeared from view as well. When the team was reactivated years later, The Comet was a member as well (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #1). But during their first case after their reactivation – their battle with the Brain Emperor and Eterno the Tyrant – the Comet disappeared and the original Comet – looking much like he did back in the 1940’s – surprisingly returned to action just in time to help the Crusaders defeat the villains (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #3).

But was the Comet who helped the Crusaders defeat the Brain Emperor the same Comet who died in 1941? Did he have a connection with the second Comet? And what became of the second Comet? Much of this has fueled many rumors about the Comet and has since become the stuff of urban legend. But surprisingly, there is some truth to the rumors about the Comet. And the truth itself is the stuff of urban legend.

Sometime back in late 1940, the Comet was struck by a fireball that teleported him trillions of miles away from Earth to the planet Altrox. There he met the planet’s ruler, Queen Naija and learned the reason why he was brought to that world. He was brought to Altrox to destroy the threat of the “mects”, robots that were initially built by the Altroxians to perform heavy labor but instead tried to take over the planet. The Comet fought against the mects, destroying most of them with blasts of his disintegration eyebeams (The Mighty Crusaders {first series} #2). After the fight with the mects, the Comet was teleported back to earth and continued his crime-fighting career. But in mid-1941, the Comet met his untimely death at the hands of Big Boy Malone’s men and as Bob Dickering and Thelma Gordon watched as his body disintegrated at the moment of his death, thinking that his deadly powers had completely consumed his mortal remains (The Comet #1).

But in actuality, that disintegration was caused by an Altroxian teleportation device that teleported the dying Comet to Altrox where the scientists of that world were able to resuscitate him. Although they were able to bring him back to life, he remained comatose for many months in a special chemically filled chamber as he recovered from what were fatal wounds on Earth. When he awakened, he renewed his relationship with Queen Naija and began a new life for himself on Altrox.

He found that some elements in the atmosphere on Altrox began to destroy the effects of the gas that gave him his powers. The first effects to go were the mental effects that caused him to develop the homicidal tendencies that led to him killing so many criminals. The other effects were that it caused his powers to lessen over time so that they later vanished completely. He also found that his aging process had slowed to a trickle due to both the effects of the life-saving chemical bath and the Altroxian atmosphere.

After his resuscitation, John Dickering began his new life on Altrox by marrying Queen Naija. But that new life came to a sudden end years later when Naija was killed by the last of the Mects. After her death Dickering became Altrox’s ruler and adopted the devices that he would later use when he eventually returned to Earth. After a few years, Dickering resigned as ruler of Altrox and returned to Earth and tried to start a new life for himself once again (The Mighty Crusaders {first series} #2). Since a considerable amount of time had passed – more than a few decades – since he last appeared as the Comet, he was able to launch a crime-busting career as the new Comet.

For a short time, the Comet fought evil both on his own as an active member of the Mighty Crusaders. A few years later when he helped reactivate the team, he mostly took on an advisory role with the new version of the Crusaders (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #1).

The reason for this was due to the fact that Dickering found out that traces of the gas that gave him his original powers were building up in his bloodstream. He feared that not only will they build up to the point that his original powers would return, the homicidal tendencies that came with them would return as well. Later, the Brain Emperor managed to breach the Mighty Crusaders’ headquarters and knocked the Comet unconscious with a blast of mental energy (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #2). When he recovered from the blast, the Comet found out that the Brain Emperor’s mental energy sped up the process of the build-up of the original gas formula in his bloodstream and caused his deadly original powers to return.

With his original powers restored, the Comet – now clad in his original red & black costume – flew to Atlantis along with the Shield (Joe Higgins) and their new ally Darkling for a final encounter with the Brain Emperor and his ally Eterno the Tyrant. The heroes came upon them just as the Crusaders were battling the villains’ android henchmen, the so-called Malevolent League of Juggernauts (androids based on various early superheroes). The Comet was able to destroy most of the androids with blasts of his deadly eye-beams and aided the Mighty Crusaders in defeating the two villains. Shortly afterward, the Comet resigned from the team fearing that the homicidal tendencies that came with those original powers would return with a vengeance (The Mighty Crusaders {second series} #3).

John eventually adopted the son of Malcolm Reeves. Greg Dickering Reeves would take up the Comet mantle after John and many other heroes were apparently killed by the Brain Emperor. Some of them returned later, having actually been sent to another dimension, but it seems that the future of the Comet legacy lies in Greg’s hands.

Captain Commando (Icons Writeup)

Captain CommandoCAPTAIN-COMMANDO
aka John Grayson

Prowess 5
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 4

Stamina 8

Powers
None

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Leadership (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Military (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus), Weapons – Military Issue (Expert +2 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
“On to victory and freedom!”
Inspirational Figure
Comfortable leading small children into battle

Background

John Grayson was a soldier who became Captain Commando to lead Allied troops against the Axis in occupied Europe. He was assisted by his sidekicks, the Boy Soldiers. The Boy Soldiers consisted of John’s son Billy and his friends Flatbush from America, Gerald Sykes from England, Erik Jansen from Norway, and Armand De Latour from France.

Captain Commando was a well trained soldier, thus specialized in hand to hand combat and various weapons. He was also a tactician and had skills in Leadership. He never joined the Mighty Crusaders but maybe he’s got a grandson or great-grandson that could take up the mantle?

It’s the Nature of Things

hands.jpgSo I sent off the thirteenth volume of the Lazarus Gray series to Pro Se head honcho Tommy Hancock today. It’s an exciting story with mummies, crazed sanitarium workers, a dangerous chemical weapon, a guy who has a pumpkin for a head and a whole lot more. Hopefully folks will enjoy it and will get a kick out of the additions to the team, the return of an old favorite, and the debut of a public domain superhero to the universe.

That last bit – the tease about the public domain hero – might lead into a future project. I’d kind of like to write about this character in a slightly different way… a long time ago, I wrote comic-book based fanfiction. I’d post chapters of the stories (labeled as “issues”) and it would be an ongoing work. I’m thinking about doing something similar with this character – maybe even just posting the “issues” for free here on the blog. After enough had been posted, I could accumulate enough for a “trade” and release a print version for folks that wanted to keep them in that fashion. One thing that I’ve gotten kind of burned out on is the long publishing lead that we have… keep in mind that the most recent Lazarus novel was volume 7 and that was nearly four years ago. Since then I’ve written six more volumes! So by posting the serial here on the blog, I’d be able to receive immediate feedback, which would be a nice change of pace.

I’m also thinking about taking my Skip Timeline characters and doing something with them.

For a few days, though, I’m taking a break. I’ve written pretty non-stop for years, taking only a day or two between projects. I’ve earned a vacation!

Alloy (Icons Writeup)

Alloyalloy
aka Paul Bouvier & Shanhara

Prowess 5
Coordination 5
Strength 7
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 12

Powers
*Blast (100 MGHz pulsed ion beams) 8
*Dazzle (blinding light) 6
*Flight 7 (Extra: Spaceflight)
*Interface 5
*Life Support 10
*Immortality 2
*Regeneration 4
*Damage Resistance 5
*Stretching 5

Specialties
Aerial Combat (+1 bonus), Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Military (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Twisted Perception of Reality – Blames Aric for his Death
I’m no longer human!
Dark Mirror of X-O Manowar

Background

Paul Bouvier was a former soldier and special agent of the Department W, a task force of the Canadian Secret Service. He was poisoned by Spider Aliens while he saved the lives of Aric Dacia, Randy Cartier, and Turok. Instead of dying he decided to sacrifice his body to bond with an X-O Manowar Seed and become Pol-Bekhara, a new Good Skin for Aric. Because the Manowar Class Armor was never designed to have a human life create it, Paul never merged correctly with the armor and he managed to gain control over the armor and recreate himself soon after. In his madness, he now blamed Aric for his death, discounting the sacrifice that he himself had made.

After a battle with Aric for control, Aric purged Paul from the armor (depriving it of sentience in the process). As the two were fighting near the remains of Aric’s original armor, Shanhara, Paul was able to merge with the remains and become a new being, Alloy. Because Shanhara was essentially dead, the merger rendered Paul completely insane and he sought out Aric to kill him. After a fierce battle that triggered an avalanche, Aric rose from the snow with Alloy’s severed head. He cast the head aside and departed.

Given that he literally IS the armor, there’s no reason to assume that being decapitated would prevent him from returning.

Alloy appeared to have all the offensive capabilities of a Manowar Armor but as he was comprised of a destroyed armor was not stable (physically nor mentally). Alloy also exhibited the ability to flex the metal parts of his arms to increase his physical striking range. Overall, Alloy is not as powerful as X-O… but his insanity can sometimes give him an advantage. Note that he still remembers his training as a mercenary and is thus adept at a number of things that a normal man would not be.

The Buzzard (Icons Writeup)

The BuzzardBuzzard
aka Steven Frank

Prowess 3
Coordination 4
Strength 3
Intellect 4
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 7

Powers
All of the Buzzard’s powers come from his super-suit.
*Flight 4
*Electrical Bursts 5
*Claws – Boots 4

Specialties
Aerial Combat (Expert +2 bonus), Technology (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Riot Squad member
I’m experienced — not old!
Schemer

Background

Created for the Remco Toy line, there is little history of the Buzzard. He only appeared in one comic. Steven Frank has a suit gives him the ability of flight and is able to discharge electrical bursts. The Buzzard joined the Riot Squad ( The Eraser, Sting and the Brain Emperor) and killed the Original Black Hood.

Given his visual similarity to Spider-Man’s foe, The Vulture, it’s hard not to picture The Buzzard as the same kind of crotchety old thief. Because there’s nothing out there to contradict me, I’m going to assume that this guy created his suit.

In his one appearance, it appears that he is murdered by The Comet but it would be easy enough to revive him… or, in typical Mighty Crusaders fashion, just bring him back with no explanation whatsoever!

An alternative might be to use the second Buzzard! Yes, in New Crusaders #s 5 & 6, there buzzard2is a prisoner that is freed by the Brain Emperor – when the Brain Emperor presents the man with an updated Buzzard suit, the man screams that he doesn’t want to be the Buzzard again and that he is free of his father’s curse. This could hint at something supernatural but I prefer to see it as mental illness manifesting — in the same way that Harry Osborn would talk about the curse of the Green Goblin, when really it was simply his own madness at play. I would use the same stats for father and son, though I might give the son Damage Resistance 4 since he has a fancier suit and it looks like his claws are on the gloves now.

Thanks to John Ellis for reminding me of the second Buzzard’s existence!

 

Inferno (Icons Writeup)

Infernoinferno
aka Frank Verrano

Prowess 3
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 8

Powers
*Flame Breath 6 (Extra: Inferno can use his flame breath when underwater)

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Performance – Circus Act (Expert +2 bonus), Sleight of Hand (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
“Steel Sterling saved my life and gave me a chance to go straight! Now, I’m ready to go to jail and take my medicine! I’ve learned it’s more fun to work on the side of the law than against it!”

A Bit of a Show-Off

Background

Inferno was once a circus performer and villain. Early in his career, he and Twisto the Rubber Man did crime sprees together that had Steel Sterling on their trail. After a few jobs, Twisto wanted to go solo, upsetting Inferno.

Inferno was able to hide from the police, but gained the confidence of a disguised thug (Steel Sterling) who was after another wanted criminal — Pig Pan Wood. At a local bar, Inferno overheard Steel’s intentions of finding Pig Pan, and they teamed up for the search. When they entered a building, Pig Pan Wood (now known as the Rattler) jumped on Steel and wrestled him to the ground. Inferno came to the rescue, but was shot with snake venom. The Rattler escaped, while Steel went to Dr. Cummings home to seek medical attention for Inferno.

After a successful operation, Steel confessed to Inferno that he was the disguised “thug” whose life he saved earlier. Inferno then asked Steel to consider allowing them to work together “in the interest of justice.”

The now reformed Inferno and Steel Sterling teamed up and defeated the Rattler. Afterward, Inferno went to jail for his earlier crimes and Steel was at the trial helping his new ally.

Because of Steel’s recommendations, the Parole Board gave Inferno a short prison sentence. When he came out, Inferno continued to fight crime as a costumed hero. He left the circus, becoming a private investigator and remained loyal to his girlfriend Virgina Ames.

Inferno made a brief appearance in the comic Superteens vs Crusaders as a member of the Mighty Crusaders.

Black Hood III (Icons Writeup)

Black Hoodblackhood
aka Greg Hettinger

Prowess 4
Coordination 4
Strength 4
Intellect 3
Awareness 4
Willpower 4

Stamina 8

Powers
*Motorcycle (Handling 7, Speed 4, Structure 3)
*Handgun 4
*Gadgets 3

Specialties
Athletics (+1 bonus), Drive (+1 bonus), Investigation (Expert +2 bonus), Law (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Stealth (+1 bonus), Weapons – Guns (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Recovering Prescription Drug Addict
Requires Speech Therapy
Scarred Face
Seeks atonement for his failures

Background

Officer Greg Hettinger is a Philadelphia cop. He is seen intervening in a gunfight but takes a shotgun blast to the face. He is able to fire off one final shot before he loses consciousness. When he wakes, he finds out that he shot and killed Thomas “Kip” Burland, otherwise known as the Black Hood. After struggling to deal with his scarred face and slurred speech he slowly gains an addiction to his painkillers. While high he puts on the Black Hood mask, given to him by a fellow Officer as a joke, and takes to the streets to stop a cry for help. He slowly begins to go out more as the Black Hood and after being framed by the local drug ring, and being demoted to desk duty, he sets out to take down the leader known only as “The Connection” while also helping with civil disturbances.

After almost getting killed by some drug dealers, Hettinger confides in his speech therapist, Jessie Dupree, and together they are able to find someone who knows the name of “The Connection” and where they can find him. Hettinger confronts “The Connection” who is revealed to be Deputy Mayor John Cuthbert. After engaging in a fight with him, Hettinger is able to put the Black Hood mask over Cuthbert’s face before pushing him through a window where he falls to his death. It is later reported that Cuthbert’s death is being suspected as suicide and that he was in fact the Black Hood attempting to take out the competition. Hettinger is promoted back to being an Officer after it is made clear that he was framed by Cuthbert. After being sent to rehab on account of his addiction, he is seen sewing a new Black Hood mask so that he can continue to make up for his sins.

Steel Sterling (Icons Writeup)

Steel SterlingSteelSterling
aka Johnathan “Jack” Sterling

Prowess 5
Coordination 4
Strength 7
Intellect 3
Awareness 3
Willpower 4

Stamina 11

Powers
*Damage Resistance 7
*Leaping 2
*Electrolized tongue 4 (Jack was able to rub his tongue against his teeth to tap telephone wires, the sound then coming from his mouth)

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2), Martial Arts (Expert +2 bonus), Performance – Acting (+1 bonus), Wrestling (Expert +2 bonus)

Qualities
Not as young as I used to be.
A good, solid guy.
Misses his family.

Background

Jack was enjoying life as a career bodybuilder and movie star when he agreed to help a friend with a “little debt problem.” What his friend failed to mention was that he was indebted to the mob for a few million. John was thrown in molten steel at an industrial metalwork facility to send a message.

Miraculously, Jack survived, his body tempered into something super-human. Using his stage name, Steel Sterling joined the Mighty Crusaders to combat all forms of villainy.

After many years of service, he retired as mayor of the small town of Red Circle to raise a family. However, he and the other veteran heroes were ambushed by the Brain Emperor and sent to a strange pocket dimension. His son Johnny became the new Steel Sterling, swearing to find vengeance for his missing father.

Jack and the others were eventually rescued by the New Crusaders. Jack returned to find his family slain and his town destroyed. With nothing left, he rejoined the Mighty Crusaders to continue the fight for peace. Due to his advancing age, Jack sometimes becomes winded easier than his younger teammates.

Note: Steel Sterling’s origin has been revised several times. At one point he created the process that gave him his powers. In another version, the light of a star led him to the vat of molten steel and then to his costume, which was found in a nearby trash can. What is depicted above is the current version of his past.

 

Crossfire (Icons Writeup)

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aka Jay Endicott

Prowess 4
Coordination 5
Strength 4
Intellect 4
Awareness 5
Willpower 5

Stamina 9

Powers
*Glider Wings 3
*Disease Resistance 5
*Color Gun – Dazzle 5
*Gadgets 4
*Damage Resistance (suit) 2

Specialties
Athletics (Expert +2 bonus), Business (+1 bonus), Drive (+1 bonus), Investigation (Expert +2 bonus), Law (+1 bonus), Martial Arts (+1 bonus), Sleight of Hand (Expert +2 bonus), Stealth (Expert +2 bonus), Weapons – Guns (+1 bonus), Wrestling (+1 bonus)

Qualities
Presumed Criminal
In Love With Rainbow
Hollywood Isn’t All Glitz and Glamour

Background

The first Crossfire was a spy and thief for hire who originally wore a flying suit and armed himself with an array of weapons. Eventually this Crossfire died and his gear ended up in the possession of a man that had very different ideas about how it should be used.

Jay Endicott was an honest, perpetually broke bail-bondsman who was tired of seeing justice done – or not done – based upon a suspect’s ability to hire an expensive lawyer. He decided to pretend to be the same Crossfire as before, infiltrating criminal activities from the inside. As his alter ego, Jay was able to follow his secret agenda to work for justice in a world turning more corrupt everyday. Jay was also romantically involved with the leader of the DNAgents Rainbow,  both drawn together through a deep attraction. Rainbow and the other DNAgents often helped Crossfire with Rainbow helping him in several assignments. His supporting cast includes a collection of colorful oddballs whom Jay aids and bails out at times when necessary. These characters stick faithfully by Jay and are occasionally helpful during his missions.

During one of his early cases, Jay nearly died and was rescued by Rainbow and Amber of the DNAgents. With the help of Dr. Harden at Matrix Labs, Jay was revived – but his blood had to be replaced with a fluorocarbon formula that mimicked his old blood. It did, however, grant him the same immunity to disease that the DNAgents possessed.