#24 The Crusader

| November 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

I really am not married to the name the Crusader, especially since his inspiration has nothing to do with the Crusades.

Concept: This character is based loosely on the legend of Saint George. You know, the Dragon Slayer. Anyway, I used to live in Staten Island, in an area called St. George. One day, I was walking to the Staten Island Ferry, and I saw a statue by a bus stop (near the library). I’m pretty sure it’s Saint George on a horse, but if it’s not, that’s what I saw. Then I looked toward the city, and saw the buildings, etc., and thought of “the Empire State.” New York, as if it were an evil empire (this was right around Election Day 2008, so you can see I was worried about a Republican presidency). Well, we need someone to rise up and fight the Empire, don’t we?

Design: There’s really only one thing wrong with this design. His colors should be white, not gray, to match the St. George Cross, so I’d fix the chestplate/armor to reflect that, but that’s the only change. And yes, this does take place in the near future, hence the robotic horse.

Art by Uriel Duran!

Copyright © 2010, Vito Delsante.

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I'm not exactly sure what I should put here, so here goes. I'm a writer, written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. Mostly concentrating on creator owned work right now, so the challenge suits me just fine. I live in Queens (Astoria/LIC), NY with my wife, Michelle, and two dogs, Kasey and Kirby. I'm not sure what else needs to be said, but I'm sure I'll keep changing this. Oh, here's something. I contribute to the Project Rooftop site. The RetroFix column was kind of my idea, so I feel like that experience will help me out here.

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