The Crusaders were one of the first superhero teams created in the 1980’s. The original team banded together in 1981 in Jackson Mississippi under the leadership of the Manta-Man. Membership has fluctuated over the years.

In 1990, following the sanctioning of the Texas Rangers, MEDUSA approached Manta-Man about becoming the second Government Sponsored super group. The Crusaders agreed and they signed on to patrol the Deep South.

Current Membership

  • Manta Man: the leader of the Crusaders, uses a manta-themed powered suit
  • Evergreen: a mystic plant-woman
  • Blizzard: uses Ice Control and Vibratory powers
  • Dreamweaver: an illusionist
  • Enforcer: a super-powered secret agent
  • Laserfire: a ‘human-torch’
The Crusaders are responsible for patrolling the Deep South including the following States:
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee

As detail oriented as Mantaman is, the Crusaders have been particularly active in recruiting smaller hero groups throughout their jurisdiction.

Subordinate Hero Groups Include:
  • Action Plan: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Cajuns: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dauntless: Miami, Florida
  • Freedom Squad: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Gulf Guardians: Pensacola, Florida
  • Razorbacks: Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Rising Tide: Birmingham, Alabama
  • Sodbusters: Tulsa, Oklahoma

The list of other sanctioned superhero groups can be found here


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