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Canadian superhero heads to Chrysler plant

by Bill Cawthon on

The Conduit

Windsor’s hometown superhero, The Incredible Conduit, is taking his fight against crime to Chrysler’s minivan plant. The Conduit (aka Raymond Cole) is the creation of Tony Gray, a Windsor-based comic artist and writer who created the character that runs in the Windsor Star newspaper.

Gray says the latest storyline revolves around a bad guy who plans to use high-tech robots to create problems at the Chrysler Windsor Assembly Plant. The players will include some actual Chrysler employees in major roles. Gray worked with Mary Gauthier at Chrysler Group to get approvals to use the plant, corporate logos and employee likenesses for The Conduit’s latest adventure.

Inspiration for the story came from correspondence between Gray and workers at the Chrysler facility who suggested that, since it is Windsor’s largest employer, the plant would be an excellent site for a new series.

You can read more in today’s edition of the Windsor Star.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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