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Canadian superhero Captain Canuck rises again
CBC ^ | JUNE 28, 2013

Posted on 06/30/2013 8:44:13 AM PDT by rickmichaels

Comic book fans can easily rhyme off names like Superman and The Avengers, but a Canadian team is hoping a new revamp will put Captain Canuck back in the mix.

The Canadian hero, who debuted on comic book shelves almost 40 years ago, is making a comeback in a new animated web series debuting — fittingly — on Canada Day at captaincanuck.com.

Back in the early 1970s, as industry leaders Marvel and DC Comics were putting out stories about Spider-Man, Batman and Superman, Winnipeg-based artist Richard Comely and his artist friend Ron Leishman were wondering why there wasn't yet a Canadian counterpart.

"We would talk and he said 'There should be a Canadian superhero.' I said 'Duh! Yeah! Why isn't there [one]?'" Comely recalled to CBC News.

In 1975, the self-published indie comic Captain Canuck made its debut.

"It was really big, much more than I expected," Comely said. "Canadian media certainly was very interested and so was American media. And it sold very well … it just sold out everywhere."

Though the title eventually lapsed, a new group of creators — with the approval of Comely — is reviving Captain Canuck in an online series, featuring the voice of actor Kris Holden-Ried, best known for TV hits Lost Girl and The Tudors. Laura Vandervoort, Tatiana Maslany and Paul Amos are also taking on voice roles for the initial five-episode run.

In the video above, Richard Comely tells CBC's Eli Glasner about the early days of Captain Canuck.

Marvel favourite Wolverine aside, comic book heroes hailing from Canada have largely been overshadowed by the likes of Spider-Man, The X-Men or Batman. In the photo gallery above, CBC News takes a quick look at more Canadian comic heroes.

Tune in to the July 1 edition of The National as Eli Glasner reports on the super fans propelling the homegrown hero from the comics to the web.



TOPICS: Books/Literature; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: comics; muckluckestcanuck; roughest; superheroes; toughest

1 posted on 06/30/2013 8:44:13 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels
debuting — fittingly — on Canada Day

There's a whole day put aside for Canada?

2 posted on 06/30/2013 8:47:25 AM PDT by Bernard (The Road To Hell is not paved with good results.)
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To: Bernard
You obviously don't get oot and aboot much, eh? LOL!!!

Canada Day

3 posted on 06/30/2013 8:51:20 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: Squawk 8888

Canada ping - Ping du Canada


4 posted on 06/30/2013 8:53:01 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Scalia 2016 - Hostis Humani Generis)
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To: rickmichaels

Canada already has superheroes - Doug and Bob McKenzie.


5 posted on 06/30/2013 8:57:30 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: rickmichaels

Is the “Disco Beaver from Outer Space” once of his villains?


6 posted on 06/30/2013 8:58:14 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Scalia 2016 - Hostis Humani Generis)
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To: rickmichaels
I guess Capt. James Tiberias Kirk wasn't enough of a Canadian hero for them.


7 posted on 06/30/2013 9:08:02 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: rickmichaels

I wonder if the 1975 version of Canuck was as PC and progressive as the modern version.


8 posted on 06/30/2013 9:10:43 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: katana

Kirk is from Iowa.

Shatner is Canadian.


9 posted on 06/30/2013 9:10:46 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: rickmichaels

IF it were the re-incarnation of an American Super-Hero, he would be Black and a faggot......


10 posted on 06/30/2013 9:14:16 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: jjotto

I know that. Crikey, it was just a joke.


11 posted on 06/30/2013 9:14:25 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

Canadian superhero

12 posted on 06/30/2013 9:56:30 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: rickmichaels

Captain Canuck has been an epic FAIL in comic stores for years and years...


13 posted on 06/30/2013 9:59:09 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: jjotto

Photo didn’t appear. Who was pictured in it?


14 posted on 06/30/2013 10:00:39 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: rickmichaels

Canadian superheroes? They’re already here. Marvel had ‘em YEARS ago.

Do a search on “Alpha Flight”.


15 posted on 06/30/2013 10:06:52 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: katana

http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/cobie-smulders/images/2723062/title/cobie-wallpaper


16 posted on 06/30/2013 10:09:07 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto
Some might define her as not guilty under any circumstances, but in brief she is okee dokee fine with me. Those Canadian Winter nights are long.
17 posted on 06/30/2013 10:13:34 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: rickmichaels; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

18 posted on 06/30/2013 10:25:35 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: rickmichaels

19 posted on 06/30/2013 10:28:02 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Perdogg
Only if they've got that Beaver Fever. . .
20 posted on 06/30/2013 11:28:56 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: katana
I guess Capt. James Tiberias Kirk wasn't enough of a Canadian hero for them.

Don't worry. Scotty always backed him up.


21 posted on 06/30/2013 1:47:47 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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