Captain Canuck #1

Captain Canuck #1

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Title: “Arctic Standoff”
Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future, Captain Canuck must thwart an invasion of world superpower Canada by a group of underground Communists.

Writer: Richard Comely
Writer (assistance): Dave Abbott
Penciler: Comely
Inker: Comely

Unlike many superhero titles from independent publishers, Captain Canuck shows little interest in being a Marvel knockoff. This debut shows some potential thanks to its uniquely Canadian flavor. But the script doesn’t flow well and the art is amateur at best. This Cap would become a contender – just not yet.


Title: “A Legend Is Born”
Synopsis: Captain Jonn Edwards’ spaceship crashes on an inhabited planet, and he soon finds himself fighting for his life.

Writer: Ron Leishman and Richard Comely
Penciler: Comely
Inker: Owen McCarron

This by-the-book adventure story lacks the spark of the lead feature. Unfortunately, it features the same sub-par art.

Grade (for the entire issue): C-

Cool factor: Canada gets its own continuing superhero title.
Not-so-cool factor: Comely’s amateurish art does a major disservice to his decent concepts.

Second opinion: “Fiercely Canadian in outlook, the series was innovative and even eccentric in the hands of writer and original artist, Richard Comely.” – The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Character Quotable
You are wrong! By taking away one’s free agency, you put an end to real happiness and progression.”Captain Canuck, giving some Commie terrorists the ol’ what for

Published and © by Comely, July 1975
Cover by Richard Comely

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Oct. 6, 2009.

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