first appearance of the Mighty Crusaders!
As it turns out, the
Mighty Crusaders did not make their first
appearance in the pages of FlyMan! Instead,
a fan illustration in Adventures of the
Jaguar #8 (circa 1962) shows the first
grouping of these heroes. The fan called the
heroes the Anti-Crime Team, and the line-up
consisted of Lancelot Strong, the Black
Hood, the Jaguar, The Fly and Fly Girl. The
illustration and the fan's letter are
prominently displayed on the letters page,
so, evidently, ArchieCo must have been at
least pondering a team book featuring their
own heroes. I'm sure the success of the
Fantastic Four and Justice League hadn't
escaped their editorial staff's attention.
(FF had only been out a year or so when
Jaguar #8 hit the newsstands.) Frankly, I
wish they'd tackled the Crusaders with this
line-up and with John Rosenberger handling
the art chores instead of Paul Reinman.