A Brief History of the CCCP

Adapted from Red Glory: The Story of the World's Greatest Communist Supergroup by Yvegeny Karatov, english translation by Mary Vitassio.

Mojiotok, 1967.

World War II was a time of terror. Germany had once again exploded into territorial aggression, confirming the fears of Europe ever since World War I. As Poland fell to the Nazi hordes, Russia braced for a long battle to protect the Motherland. Every citizen wanted to do their part. What the Russian leadership did not realize at the time was that some citizens had more to offer.

The Coalition of Communist Crusaders for the Proletariat, commonly referred to as the CCCP, came to life informally when Russian heroes Hammer (Mojiotok) and Sickle appeared in Poland, attacking supply convoys and artillery batteries. The duo seemed to be everywhere at once, striking at the perfect moment. Years later, the CCCP revealed that mentalist Pravda was using his mind reading abilities to track enemy movements and direct the efforts of his comrades.

When the Nazi menace crossed onto Russian soil, Hammer, Sickle and Pravda saw the need to give the Russian people a symbol to rally around. Pravda coined the name, deliberately punning on the initials of what in english is "USSR." With the CCCP formalized, the war effort took a turn for the better. The common soldier knew that the might of the Russian superhero community was right behind him, striking fear into the enemy's heart. They even teamed up with the American hero Statesman and his team for a series of missions deep in Germany, nearly capturing Hitler himself. While the American heroes and Russian heroes parted as friends, later political developments in the world would cast them in the role of ideological enemies.

The ranks of the CCCP swelled during the war. By the end, the group had seen 24 members participate, 13 surviving the war.

Sickle, 1967.
In the 1950s, the CCCP became the de facto hatchet of the Communist hardliners. Pravda, in particular, became involved with the KGB, running counterespionage against American mentalist Mind Master. Hammer and Sickle, along with early CCCP recruit Red Saviour, collided frequently with Statesman, although several times a truce was called in order to battle a common enemy (1957, Lobster-Men invasion). The tension between the former friends was a poignant analogy for the state of affairs between their countries. As Hammer put it: "If I want to drink vodka with Statesman, I first have to throw him through a wall."

With glasnost, perestroika, and the end of the Cold War in the 1980s came a strange twist in the tale of the CCCP. The hardline Communist factions, to which the CCCP had become closely tied in the last few decades, fell out of favor. Just as they had been a symbol in WWII, the CCCP now became a symbol for the "bad, old days" of Communism. Furthering this impression was the aging membership, with the original Hammer and Sickle nearing retirement, Worker's Champion the de facto leader, and Pravda suffering from health problems and training his legacy. Other members had retired and been replaced. CCCP official missions dwindled, with most heroes choosing to patrol solo or in informal units.

The Rikti Invasion proved to be a revitalizing force in CCCP history. Aging heroes came out of retirement, young heroes stepped up to the challenge, and the Rikti were successfully repelled. Seeing the devastation in newfound ally America, Worker's Champion negotiated for a team of young recruits, including legacies for Mojiotok and Red Saviour, to help rebuild the stricken metropolis Paragon City. Thus the CCCP grews anew, in the land once considered an enemy.