Fawcett Comics heroes were seldom presented in super-hero groups, in the fashion of the Justice Society. Fawcett heroes usually appeared in support of Captain Marvel, who was presented as the head of a "Marvel Family." There are some groupings to note, however...
The Crime Crusaders Club
In Fawcett Comics
Super-groups were uncommon in Fawcett Comics. In 1943, one group came together in the "Minute Man" feature. It began in a residential neighborhood, where the auspicious Crime Crusaders Club met to trade stories about their recent cases. The group consisted of Minute Man, Captain Marvel, Jr., Bulletman, and Bulletgirl.
The others noticed that Minute Man was acting distant and when pressed he explained that he was angry that the criminal class hadn't contributed their fair share to the war effort. Junior gave him the idea to organize a treasure hunt — the treasure being Minute Man himself! He would offer the crooks the chance to take him down, without fighting back. His friends got the word out, and the underworld went crazy for the idea.
There was one hitch however, the heroes took all their guns away. They were allowed to buy back their guns for $100 each, which would go towards war bonds. Until midnight, the others made sure the crooks fought "fair" and Minute Man dodged their assassination attempts. Minute Man crashed his car and it looked like the end until Baron von Kornstadt stepped in and claimed Minute Man as a captive of Hitler. The thugs then fought among themselves and Minute Man slipped away by plane. After midnight the heroes mopped up the mobsters and had raised $100,000. (Master Comics #41)
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Master Comics #41 (Aug. 1943)
Fawcett Heroes at DC Comics
modern DC Comics appearance of any (non-Marvel family) Fawcett heroes was in Justice
League of America #135 (Oct. 1976). This team was never named the “Crusaders,” as such, however an early panel referred to the heroes as crusaders. Heroes from Earth-S (the home of Fawcett characters in the DC multiverse) — Bulletman, Bulletgirl,
Spy Smasher, Ibis, Mister Scarlet, and Pinky — were gathered together by the wizard Shazam and his emissary, the god Mercury. The heroes were mobilized against King Kull. Kull had imprisoned the Olympian Gods, thus decommissioning the power source of Captain Marvel and his "family." Note: King Kull's first appearance was Captain Marvel Adventures #125 (1951). Minuteman did not appear in this story.
Bulletman was Jim Barr, a police scientist who had invented the Gravity Helmet that enabled him and his wife Susan (Bulletgirl) to fly through the air as human projectiles.
Spy Smasher was Alan Armstrong, a Virginia sportsman who battled the enemies of America with his superb physique, fighting abilities and scientific knowledge.
Mister Scarlet was celebrated attorney Brian Butler and his adopted son, Pinky the Whiz Kid. They pit their acrobatic skills and strange weaponry against all varieties of crime.
Ibis the Invincible was the ancient Prince Amentep, son of an Egyptian Pharaoh who was resurrected in modern times, along with his wife Princess Taia. Ibis used the mystical Ibistick in his fight against crime and sorcerous menaces. When this crisis arose, the couple were preparing to move into a new suburban home outside New York City.
Shazam and Mercury's first team (Superman, Wonder Woman, Spy Smasher, and Green Arrow) went to Earth-Two, where agents of Kull were attacking the risen cities of Atlantis. On Earth-Two, Atlantis was two cities, Venturia and Aurania, and ruled by strong women. Wonder Woman's foe, Queen Clea of Atlantis worked with Kull, using an Amazonian Venus girdle to control Blockbuster. Meanwhile, Ibac and the Penguin caused more havoc. The heroes averted greater disaster when Superman used his super-breath to freeze Kull's "Densor-Cloud" dispose of it in space. In the process, Atlantis was subsumed once again by the ocean (Justice League of America #135)
On Earth-S, an eclipse was created by the Shade and Doctor Light, who with the help of special satellites, were keeping half the planet in total darkness or light. Bulletman and Hawkman pursue the Shade into the Louvre, where all the paintings have come to life, while Bulletgirl and Hawkgirl investigated the planet's oceans, which were turning to ice, and its mountains into monsters. King Kull's agents here were the Earth-Two Joker and the Weeper. Kull's satellites modified the Joker's laughing gas so that it turned people into diamond. The heroes enlisted the help of Bulletman, in his civilian identity of scientist Jim Barr, to analyze the gas but it turned up inert. When they discovered the satellites in orbit, they caused them to collide and all the strange effects were reversed. (#136)
On Earth-One, King Kull sent Mister Atom to attack a model city in Montreal. The two Green Lanterns and Ibis traced the source of Atom's aura to a spaceship manned by Brainiac. After disabling Brainiac's power, Ibis sent Mister Atom into space. At this point, all the heroes returned from their missions and converged on the Rock of Eternity (which existed outside of any Earth's space). King Kull ambushed Superman with red Krytponite, making him deranged. The only hope of fighting Superman was Captain Marvel. Johnny Thunder located Billy Batson and used his magic Thunderbolt as a substitute to transform the Marvel family into their super-powered selves. Captain Marvel confronted Sueprman head-on and summoned the lightning again. The magic (to which Superman was vulnerable) broke Superman's stupor, and the Marvel's mopped up Kull as well. The villain was imprisoned with magic chains and the heroes returned to their home worlds. (#137)
Appearances: Justice League of America #135-137 (Oct.–Dec. 1976)
Fawcett City Heroes, Post-Crisis
In current DC continuity, the heroes from Fawcett City are
said to have teamed regularly in the 1940s and beyond. However,
no group name has been mentioned.
The ancient wizard, Shazam, came to Fawcett City
in the winter of 1940. He bore the mummy of Ibis and
secreted himself away. Soon, however, the Axis threat forced
Shazam to awaken Ibis and to gather all Fawcett City's heroes
to fight. They would team repeatedly throughout the war. (Power of Shazam! #12) Note: Shazam's
origin can be found in Power of Shazam! #10.
On February 9, 1942, the Nazi Edouard Laslo (the
Poser) took the guise of Bulletman during an act of sabotage.
The real Bulletman had been summoned along with Starman
to Alaska. (#35) There they discovered
a strange alien worm and worked with the Green Lantern Abin
Sur to defeat it. (#36)
Just after the war, in June 1945, Spy Smasher, Minute-Man and
Bulletman clashed for the last time with Captain Nazi (it
was not their first tussle with the villain). They followed
the Captain in Spy Smasher's Gyrosub in pursuit of a freighter
destined for Miami. They were too late, however; the freighter
was sunk by Captain Nazi, who then fled. Little did they
know, that the Captain left his precious cargo at the bottom
of the seait contained the body of Hitler in suspended
animation! But there was an additional capsule, in which
Captain Nazi then placed himself. He would not awaken for
The Fawcett heroes remained active well into the 1950s,
when they are known to have aided Shazam in trapping the
Seven Deadly Enemies of man in stone statues. These statues
he then hid inside a secret subway station, accessible only
by magic. Also, Ibis helped cast a spell over Fawcett City
which warded off demons and slowed the march of time. Soon
after this, Shazam fell prey to a common hoodlum and wandered
amnesiac for years. He was later found and recognized by
C.C. Batson (Billy's father). (#12) During
the Cold War, Spy Smasher encountered C.C. Batson in East
Germany. The two retrieved an ancient Egyptian artifact called
the Scorpion, and ran afoul of Baron Blitzkrieg. (#24)
Fawcett's heroes were called upon by the JLA and JSA to
aid against King Kull. Kull had assembled an army of super-villains
in his quest for world domination, including IBAC and the
Weeper. Thanks to Bulletman, Bulletgirl, Spy Smasher, Ibis,
Mister Scarlet & Pinky, the villains were handily defeated. (Justice
League of America #135-137) Note: Because
this cross-over heavily involved the Marvel Family and others,
it may be entirely out-of-continuity. This arc was the first
DC Comics and first modern apperances of these characters.
In modern times, Jim Barr, Jack Weston and Alan Armstrong
(Fawcett's Golden Age heroes) remain active in Fawcett affairs.
They sat for an interview at WHIZ radio about their last
meeting with Captain Nazi. It was then that the newly awakened
Nazi attempted to retrieve the body of his Führer. The
capsule had failed, though, and the body was dead. (#8) Captain
Nazi was subsequently captured by the Marvels. (#9)
Ibis resurfaced to help against Shazam's daughter, Blaze.
Ibis defeated her handyman, Black Adam, and took responsibility
of minding the Rock of Eternity while Shazam traveled. (#12) Minute-Man,
now working for S.T.A.R. Labs, trailed Captain Marvel Jr.
and Captain Nazi and took the villain into custody. (#19)
When Edouard Laslo was let out of prison, a neo-Nazi group
quickly took him under their wing. Laslo, they hoped, would
assassinate Jim Barr (Bulletman). At this time, the phony
picture surfaced of Bulletman involved in treasonous activities.
Barr was arrested as a traitor. In the end, Laslo was fully
repentant and took a bullet meant for Barr. (#35-36,
When the Venusian worm called Mister Mind gained power,
he launched the robotic Mister Atom and successfully
destroyed the Fawcett suburb, Fairfield. Though this city
was home to Mary and Billy's adoptive parents, the Bromfields
survived. Ibis was able to absorb much of the bomb's destructive
force, but not save lives. (#38) This
severely taxed his powers; his former lover Taia then
placed him in suspended animation. Also at this time, Deanna
Barr took her mother's uniform and became Windshear (#43) and
Pinky resurfaced as Mister Scarlet II. (#44)
Black Adam returned claiming that in his "death," only
the evil Theo Adam had perished. This supposedly left Thet
Adam in control. Despite Adam's continued loyalty to Blaze,
he sacrificed himself to save Captain Marvel. (#44-47) Both
Marvel and Adam are currently active with the Justice
Most recently, Ibis and Taia recently perished during a
mission led by Zatanna.
It was during the Arachne (the secret 13th month on the sorcerers
calendar), when several other magicians met at the home of Baron
Winters. While on the astral plane, an entity called
Gwydion incinerated all except Zatanna. (Seven
Soldiers: Zatanna #1)
» FIRST APPEARANCE: Power
of Shazam! #8 (Oct. 1995)
Appearances + References
» FEATURED APPEARANCES:
AdventureComics #491–492 (1982)
of Shazam! #8,
11, 19, 24, 34, 35, 41, 44 (Ibis was a regular