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"The Dawn of the Golden Age": Clark Kent is tasked by Perry White to research Lee Travis, the Crimson Avenger, the first masked hero who started the Golden Age of heroes. He visits the elder members of the Justice Soci


Quote1 Maybe there should be some mystery to those 'mystery men,' maybe it's enough to keep their memories alive and honor them. They set the standard for all the heroes that followed. That's why we call it the Golden Age. Quote2
-- Perry White



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Clark Kent is tasked by Perry White to research Lee Travis, the Crimson Avenger, the first masked hero who started the Golden Age of heroes. He visits the elder members of the Justice Society of America to learn anything about the Avenger. Although the Justice Society of America knew of the Avenger, he wasn't actually part of the JSA. He was responsible for inspiring the first Sandman and others afterward to become a hero, partnered with his Asian chauffeur Wing, and became a member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Many of these heroes, including the Avenger, debuted during the time America was recovering from the Great Depression and crime and corruption was at an all time high. Though no one is sure what inspired Lee Travis to become the Crimson Avenger or what he was avenging.

Clark, Wildcat, Green Lantern, and Flash decide to visit Johnny Thunder, who seems friendly with the Crimson Avenger. However, Johnny is senile and living in a retirement home, and at first is unable to talk to his guests. But as Clark and the others leave, Johnny begins to recall his meeting with the Avenger.

It all began at the White House where several heroes attended. Johnny is the first person to asked the Crimson Avenger what he was avenging. The Avenger answered that he was avenging the death of a man who hasn't been born yet. After making Johnny keep their discussion a secret, he tells him of his service in World War I and his aimless wandering of the world to make him forget the "evil [he] saw that men could do on each other." His travels ultimately brought him to Nanda Parbat, where he spiritually recovered and was shown the future career of Superman by the goddess Rama Kushna. Superman's deeds and selflessness inspired Lee to rededicate his own talents, and Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday galvanized Lee to spend his life honoring Superman's memory, years before he was even born.

Clark returns to the Daily Planet and reports his limited findings on the Crimson Avenger to Perry. Perry decides it is better that the truth of the Crimson Avenger remains unknown and to focus on keeping the memories of the Avenger and other "mystery men" alive.

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