Created by Robert E. Wronski, Jr, Phil Sheridan, and Ken Maxwell
Real Name: Ken Madison
Alias: Mad Dog Madison (his high school nick name)
Current Occupation: Mercenary
Children: Olive Madison
Group Affiliation: Powerkid Haters, Seven Deadly Sins, Bad Guys
Place of Birth: Orange City
Current Place of Residence: Orange City
First Appearance: Powerkid # 25, September 1984
Ken Madison enlisted into the Marines in 1984 at the age of 18 immediately after graduation. After Boot Camp, he ended up being assigned to an installation in Greenfield, where he had the misfortune of walking in on Colonel Peterson murdering a man. Peterson arranged for Private Madison to be framed for the murder, but then offered his charges to be erased if he took part in an experiment. The experiment was part of Project: Franklin, which was a super-soldier program.
Madison was irradiated with some mysterious energy (which may have been of alien origin). The result was that Madison gained the ability to absorb power and energy, making him stronger and invulnerable. In some cases, he could even absorb super-powers, draining the super-powered being and being able to temporarily use those powers himself. Unfortunately, the more power Madison contained, the more his mind degraded to a savage state of being.
Madison broke free and began rampaging through Greenfield on his way back to Orange City. It was in Orange City where it took the combination of Powerkid, Zap, and Speed Demon to stop Krusher, as Madison was calling himself.
However, the Super-Trio didn't use their physical powers to stop him, as that was impossible. Any powers they used were just absorbed and used against them. Powerkid, Zap, and Speed Demon had to combine their mental powers to give Madison amnesia. The government, wishing to not be linked to this, left the amnesiac alone, and Madison got a job working as a janitor at Mahar High School, where Powerkid could keep an eye on him.
A few months later, however, Ken's memories were restored by Doctor Deadly, who was putting a team together of Powerkid's greatest foes, in a plot to destroy Powerkid. The team was defeated, and Madison's mental blocks were put back in place.
In 1991, the blocks wore off, and Powerman (formerly Powerkid), Zap, and Volt-Man attempted to stop Krusher again, now rampaging in the Nevada desert. The three knew that their power wasn't effective, and even hypnotism wouldn't work any longer. Scientific genius John Barstaman devised the only solution, by creating a portal to some unknown other dimension, in which the three heroes lured the crazed villain and trapped him in.
What the heroes didn't know was this unknown dimension was actually the dark dimension of Doctor Deadly. Deadly once again recruited Krusher for a new team to capture Powerman for him.
A year later, it appeared that Krusher had been killed by Powerman, after he and his former teammates completely destroyed Orange City, killing the millions of inhabitants. However, in 2001, it was revealed the Krusher had indeed survived, due to his power, and even though in 1998 Allorin Vonski had taken away his powers and memories, they came back over time.
But in 2001, Madison had somehow managed to control his power, and his sanity, and retired. A few years later, he had a daughter, whose mother died shortly after a very slow and painful death.
In 2009, Krusher was recruited by Michael Bossman to join a team of reformed villains called the Bad Guys to perform missions around the globe where governments are unable to.
Even though Bossman himself turned out to be less than reformed, the team continued on without him.
In the year 2019, Ken's daughter Olive Madison will have inherited her father's powers to become Krusher II, a founding member of the Power Police.
Krusher was a character co-created by myself, Phil Sheridan, and Ken Madison (who is also the inspiration) in 1984 on the playground of Butterfield School.
Despite the fact that he was considered one of Powerkid's greatest foes, he only appeared in two story arcs in 1984 then only appeared briefly in cameo in scenes at Mahar where he was an amnesiac janitor. Occasionally Chris Kowalski would worry about what would happen if Madison's memories were restored.
And indeed in 1991 when I made a major revision of the Super Universe, one of the first things I did was see what would happen if his memories returned. But again he only appeared in three major story arcs from 1991 - 1992.
He resurfaced for one story arc in 2001 which was about Chris' class reunion, bringing back many characters from the high school era including Krusher, and showing that Orange City was being rebuilt.
Since 2009, Krusher has appeared monthly as a member of the Bad Guys.
His daughter Olive Madison was first introduced in 1991 in Justice League 2019 and again in Power Police 2020 the next year.
And Kenny has been very upset that I turned his villain into a good guy. All I can say is to be patient. The future isn't what it used to be. I have plans in the works. There are alternate realities and not all of them turned out the same way. Somewhere out there, there's a really, really, really scary version of Krusher whose story has yet to be told, but is coming soon.