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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 Colección Novelas Gráficas (2016)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
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)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
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)
Superman: The Golden Age Omnibus (2013)
The All New Atom (2006)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Golden Age (1993)
The Phantom Stranger (1969)
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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