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The Original Captain Canuck
|Publisher||I: Comely Comix/CKR,
II: Semple Comics,
III: Comely Comics/Hot Hail Comics
IV: ChapterHouse Comics
|First appearance||I: Captain Canuck #1
(Comely Comix, July 1975)
II: Captain Canuck: Reborn # 0
III: Captain Canuck: Unholy War # 1(2004)
IV: Captain Canuck 2014 Summer Special
|Created by||I: Richard Comely
II: Richard Comely
III: Riel Langlois
IV: Richard Comely
|Alter ego||I & IV: Tom Evans
|Team affiliations||I: CISO
|Abilities||I: Super-strength, super-speed
IV: Super Strength, Super Speed, Enhanced Durability, Super Suit with a variety of technical abilities
Captain Canuck is a Canadian comic book superhero. Created by cartoonist Ron Leishman and artist/writer Richard Comely, the original Captain Canuck first appeared in Captain Canuck #1 (cover-dated July 1975). The series was the first successful Canadian comic book since the collapse of the nation's comic-book industry following World War II.
Three characters have worn the maple leaf costume of Captain Canuck. The first Captain Canuck patrolled Canada in the then-future year of 1993, where "Canada had become the most powerful country in the world." He was the costumed agent of the "Canadian International Security Organization" (CISO).
Captain Canuck is sometimes confused with Marvel Comics's Guardian, leader of Alpha Flight, created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in 1978. Both characters have very similar costumes, as both are based on the colours of the Canadian flag.
Canuck's first appearance was in 1975, published by Comely Comix of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The story followed Tom Evans, a Canadian secret agent who gained superhuman strength from contact with extraterrestrials. This first version of the Canadian superhero ran for three issues before going on hiatus in 1976. In 1979, it came back, with Comely being backed by CKR Productions, and publishing 11 more issues, plus a summer special, concluding in early 1981; it was drawn mostly by George Freeman, taking over from Comely, who did the writing and lettering. He was pushed out of CKR after issue #12 was completed and issue #13 and #14 were outlined. The completed issue #15 (written and pencilled by George Freeman and inked, lettered and coloured by Claude St. Aubin) was finally published in 2004 as a limited edition by Comely.
Since the original, two newer incarnations of the Canadian icon have appeared: Comely launched a second version in 1993, under the imprint Semple Comics. Set in the present, Captain Canuck: Reborn featured a new Captain Canuck, Darren Oak, who fought a global conspiracy. This title lasted only four issues (#0-3) and was written and drawn by Richard Comely, Leonard Kirk and Sandy Carruthers with inks by Eric Theriault. That incarnation continued as a newspaper comic strip for a short while.
A third incarnation (sometimes called the "West Coast Captain Canuck"), edited by Comely but written and drawn by brothers Riel and Drue Langlois, appeared in 2004 under the banner of Comely Comics, entitled Captain Canuck: Unholy War. Yet another man, RCMP Constable David Semple, adopts the guise of Captain Canuck, to take on a biker gang called the Unholy Avengers. "Unholy War" was slated as a three-issue mini-series, the third and final installment being published in January 2005. However, the series came out with a fourth issue (under the 'Hot Hail Comics' banner) in August 2007, which fully concluded the character.
Captain Canuck: Legacy
A miniseries, written and illustrated by Comely Captain Canuck: Legacy, began in the fall of 2006. It contained two continued stories: One detailed the efforts of the second Captain Canuck to prevent illegal weapons from reaching Canada, whilst the second chronicled the continued adventures of the third (West Coast) Captain Canuck. While the series has remained in limbo for some time, the official Captain Canuck website stated that the remainder of the series would be completed in 2009. Captain Canuck Legacy 1.5 was published in August 2011 as a limited edition of 5,000 copies only distributed in Ontario.
Captain Canuck Collections
IDW Publishing published two volumes of collected editions of the 1975-1980 Captain Canuck series. Its first release in June 2009 contained issues #4-10. Volume two, released December 2009, contained the 1980 Summer Special. In November 2011, IDW released Captain Canuck The Complete Edition as a 375-page trade paperback with issues #1-15, the Summer Special, the newspaper strips, sketches and Captain Canuck: Legacy #1.5.
The Canadian company Mind's Eye Entertainment announced at Comic-Con International 2011 that it planned to develop a Captain Canuck feature film. No scriptwriter or director were attached. Mind's Eye announced at Comic-Con 2012 that it had selected Vancouver-based screenwriter Arne Olsen to script the feature. Olsen was chosen from a solicitation of pre selected, accredited Canadian writers, who submitted treatments. The final two choices submitted copies of sample scripts.
In 2013 Captain Canuck was reimagined for a five-episode animated web series by Captain Canuck Inc and Smiley Guy Studios. Kris Holden-Reid voices the Captain and Paul Amos his antagonist, Mr. Gold. Several other actors voiced roles in the series including Tatiana Maslany as Redcoat and Laura Vandervoort as Blue Fox.
New Ongoing Comic Book Series
The success of the Web series allowed for a one shot comic book, The 2014 Captain Canuck Summer Special, which was released on Canada Day, July 1, 2014 at comic shops across Canada. This is the first time since 1981 that the Summer Special was released. In 2015 a Captain Canuck #0 issue was released on Free Comic Book Day, which is the first Saturday of May each year. This issue preceded the new ongoing Captain Canuck series published by ChapterHouse Comics, the first issue of which was available in comic shops worldwide on May 27, 2015.
Captain Epic, the lead character of Team Epic, a comedic Canadian television and web series is a parody of Captain Canuck and other traditional Canadian superheroes both in costume and character traits.
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- "Captain Canuck Legacy news". Captaincanuck.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
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- Ravindran, Manori (July 14, 2012). "Captain Canuck to Hit Big Screen". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on October 8, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
- The Official Captain Canuck Page
- Captain Canuck 2014 Summer Special
- Watch the Captain Canuck Web Series
- Captain Canuck: Unholy War Official Site
- Captain Canuck at Don Markstein's Toonopedia.
- Captain Canuck (Tom Evans) at the International Catalogue of Superheroes
- Captain Canuck (Darren Oak) at the International Catalogue of Superheroes
- Captain Canuck (David Semple at the International Catalogue of Superheroes