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Crimson Avenger (DC)(01 - Lee Travis)
Real Name: Lee Travis
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No special powers beyond that of an ordinary man. Carries gas guns that put criminals to sleep.

Often referred to simply as "Crimson".

One of the many early proto-Batmen, Globe Leader publisher Lee Travis has commonality with the Green Hornet and The Shadow. He's just a guy in a mask and a fedora, lurking in the shadows with an Asian valet named Wing at his side.

Aside from an obvoius visual difference with Batman, his stories have a different feel from even the very earliest Batman stories. Where Bruce Wayne was a somewhat decadent playboy and Batman was about taking down criminals for the sake of stamping out crime itself, Lee Travis and his Crimson Avenger were a good deal more positively engaged with their society. If the Batman is instantly identified with a highly stylized dark Gotham, full of fantastic criminals, Crimson's city feels more like our own. Crimson's goal is to improve a society that's rough around the edges; the Batman's goal is to save a city that's rotten at the core. In this way, Crimson prefigures another "colored" non-superpowered hero, the Green Arrow.

Though he has made no appearances post-Crisis, He was deemed to have survived the Crisis, as evidenced by the legacy carried on by Crimson III.

Created by Jim Chambers.

First Appearance: Detective Comics (1937) #20

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Issue Appearances:
Adventure Comics (1938)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Batman-klassikot (1989)
Batman: Detective #27 (2003)
Binky's Buddies (1969)
Convergence Worlds' Finest (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Countdown (2007)
Crimson Avenger (1988)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC-spesiaali (1994)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Detective Comics (1937)
Giant Batman Album (1962)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Infinity Inc. (1984)
JLA: Year One (1998)
JSA (1999)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America 80 Page Giant (2009)
Justice League Unlimited (2004)
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)
Leading Comics (1941)
Overstreet Comic Book Monthly (1993)
Sandman Mystery Theatre (1993)
Secret Origins (1986)
Starman Secret Files (1998)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Superman (1939)
The All New Atom (2006)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Golden Age (1993)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
Young All-Stars (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Post Crisis)
Seven Soldiers of Victory (01 - Golden Age)

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