Real Name: Lee Taylor
Occupation: freelance journalist, retired police officer
Known relatives: Howard Taylor (father, deceased), Nancy Taylor
Base of Operations: Detroit
Marital Status: Single
Weight: 176 lbs
Son of a career police officer, Lee Taylor was probably destined to
similar path. From his earliest years, Lee was intimately familiar
workings of the Detroit police force and the city's growing crime
Like his father Lee believed that strong measures were the only things
really deterred crime and his idea of justice was harsh even then.
None the less, Taylor did not originally plan to join the police force.
father for one was strongly against it, knowing the trials of his work
wishing something better for Lee. So instead Taylor worked his way
a college program, majoring in journalism and toying with the idea of
becoming a full time writer. It was then that tragedy struck. His
a respected officer of over thirty years service, was killed in the
duty under questionable circumstances. No one was arrested or even
suspected in the crime. Investigation by the department seemed lax at
It was here that Taylor dropped his studies and applied for the Detroit
department. Accepted, he entered Police Academy shortly after, and
at the top of his class. Lee proved an exceptional officer if not one
particularly agreeable to his fellow officers. Personally he was
by the levels of corruption that existed on the force and the longer he
looked into his fathers the case, the more he began to feel it may have
played a part.
Eventually he found the answer. His father had broken in upon a drug
that included not only prominent members of the force but the acting
chief at the time, now retired. Determined to bring it to light,
found that the current chief viewed this less than favorably. Many of
suspected culprits he was trying to indict were top brass and prominent
officials. It was best to let it go. Lee of course did not agree.
further he pursued it though, the more hostile his opposition became.
Finally, two attempts on his life and a trumped up charge of possession
later, Lee realized he could not find the justice he sought here.
Disillusioned and under pressure from the charge he resigned.
A few months later, the new Crimson Avenger made his first appearance.
the Avenger of old, this vigilante took justice into his own hands and
his first targets were those Taylor believed responsible for his
death. In short time the old drug ring was put out of business and,
who weren't indicted were dead. In response, the Crimson Avenger was
labeled a criminal himself, although this hasn't stopped him from
appearances since, usually for the public good. Although no deaths
been directly linked to the Avenger, many have been considered possible
considering his modus operandi.
Taylor himself went on to pursue his cause (and others) through the
the written word. Although he never finished his studies in
has none the less been able to fashion something of career off his oft
radical articles. Usually dealing with the areas of crime, justice,
corruption, and modern superheroes (places where Taylor can claim some
expertise after all) he has managed to see print in not just local
but even some abroad, including a sporadic column in the old New York
WEAPONS & POWERS
The Crimson Avenger has no super powers of any kind. He survives
his wits and determination. He does carry a variety of equipment with
most of it common enough, including a brace of .45 pistols. Although
attempts to find alternate means whenever possible, he is not above
them. There is a very clear line to him between the lives of innocents
the lives of criminals, and he knows which among the two he values
He is also competent in hand to hand combat and possesses some
skills from Taylor's time on the Detroit PD.
It should be noted that the Crimson Avenger is not a full time hero so
speak. That is to say he does not regularly patrol the streets of
(such as Batman does in Gotham). He picks and chooses his cases,
participating only in those that baffle the police or slip through the