Found-The Crusaders (DC Version)!
- I chanced upon the old Freedom Fighters comics featuirng the
doppleganger versions of The Invaders yesterday. Though I long ago
traded away most of my DC comics from this period I never had these
particular comics save for the very first part which featured only a
last page introduction to the team. The issues of Freedom Fighters in
question are #7,8,9 and 10. Really 8 and 9 have the bulk of the story
with 10 only having a bit of a transitional ending into the next
For those who may not know back in the heyday DC and Marvel weren't
allowed to crossover their characters. Even following the big event
crossovers of Spidey and Superman and the few sequels not much was
done along these lines. That's a good thing I think, as much like the
American League and the National League too much cross pollination
takes out the specialness of the event. But at least twice crossovers
were done under the radar with familiar versions of famous heroes
making appearances in each company's magazines. The first time was
the Squadron Supreme/Justifiers crossover in Avengers and Justice
League. In the later 70's we had this Crusaders event. In The
Invaders (issues #15 and 16 I think)some British heroes showed up who
reminded one and all of the Freedom Fighters. Likewise in FF a group
of "Crusaders" show up bearing a marked resemblance to the Invaders.
Here is the Freedom Fighters Crusaders membership:
This team was made up of a regular FF villain the Silver Ghost
(Americommando) and some bogus comic book heroes concocted by using
some willing comics fans by the names of Roy, Marvin, Lenny, and
Arch. It doesn't take much to catch the in-joke.
To my knowledge the FF Crusaders never returned. Is that true?