Alter Ego: Albert Elwood
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Gotham City & Metropolis
First Appearance: World's Finest Comics [1st series]
#131 (Feb 1963)
Height: ~ 5 ft. 10 in. Weight: ~ 170 lbs.
History: When a new criminal organization, the Octopus Gang, starts a crime wave across the nation, crackpot inventor
Albert Elwood decides to use his skills to help stop the crooks. Elwood creates a number of fantastic weapons and dons the
costumed identity of the Crimson Avenger, continuing the legacy of a previous lawman of the same name.
When the Octopus Gang attempts to steal gold dust from a stage coach re-enactment in Gotham City, Batman and Robin are
ready and waiting. As the dynamic duo race towards the hirelings, the Crimson Avenger suddenly appears firing a fire-gun,
the flames from the gun encircling the crooks. He then uses another device which sends out bubbles of force with which to
enclose the bandits. The criminals duck, and the bubbles smash into Batman and Robin, enabling the criminals to escape. The
Crimson Avenger introduces himself, apologizing for his "small error", then departs.
Later, the Octopus Gang tries to rob a Metropolis Bank. As Superman decends upon the crooks getaway car, the Crimson Avenger
drives up and sends out a robot ram's head to smash the vehicle. The ram's head runs amuck, distracting Superman and allowing
the gang to once again escape. Using his x-ray vision, Superman learns the Crimson Avenger's secret identity. Before Superman
can lecture him, the new hero drives off.
After returning to his workshop, Elwood reads the newspaper and learns that his exploits are being mocked. He becomes enraged
by their ungratefulness and vows to show everyone.
That night in Metropolis, Superman, Batman, and Robin meet to discuss stradegy in handling the Octopus crisis. Superman's
hearing picks up an alarm from the Ancient Arts Museum. The trio corner the crooks in the museum. As they are about to capture
them, the Crimson Avenger appears. As he shoots his new weapon, a balloon effect ray, he begins to sneeze wildly. The sneezing
throws off his aim, causing the ray to hit Superman and Batman. The two heroes become bloated and float helplessly up in the
air. The Crimson Avenger apologizes to Robin, stating that he is allergic to the nearby roses. Realizing that the roses are
artificial, Robin accuses the Avenger of faking the sneeze. The Crimson Avenger punches Robin and escapes.
Later, after the balloon effect wears off, Superman, Batman, and Robin look for clues in the Elwood's workshop. Batman
deduces that Elwood has been captured by the Octopus Gang and replaced by one of its members. The heroes begin to trail the
gang by following traces of a broken ink bottle. Meanwhile, in the crooks' hideout, the Octopus orders the false Crimson Avenger
to check on Elwood. Moments later, the heroes burst in. The Octopus orders his men to attack, while he runs towards a large
wall switch. The Octopus orders the heroes to stop, warning them that the switch will detonate a bomb hidden under Metropolis'
streets. Just then, a man dressed in the garb of the Crimson Avenger emerges from the back room weilding a kryptonite ray
rifle. He tells the Octopus to have the others tie up Batman and Robin, while he keeps Superman at bay with the kryptonite.
When the Octopus removes his hand from the switch, the Crimson Avenger blasts him instead! After the criminals are rounded
up, the Crimson Avenger reveals himself to be Elwood! Elwood explains that the phoney Avenger was distracted when the heroes
burst in, enabling him to use the knockout gas in his gimmick ring to gain the upper hand. Elwood states that he is hanging
up his costume and returning to his inventing career, leaving the crimefighting to them
Weapons and Powers: The Crimson Avenger's arsenal included: a fire-gun which generated an expanding circle of fire;
a bubble-gimmick which enabled him to ensnare criminals in a bubble of force; a robot ram's head used to smash cars; a balloon
ray which caused a temporary bloating and floating effect; a kryptonite ray rifle; and a gimmick ring containing knockout
Comments: The second Crimson Avenger appeared only once. He states that he took the name of a former lawman, suggesting
that this tale took place on Earth-Two.