TOYHEM: Anything is possible when you go shopping in your imagination…

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Never underestimate the power and creativity of the superfan. Take artist Mark Menendez, who certainly qualifies as a Captain Action fan supreme.

This holiday season, Mark has been posting online a run of imaginary Captain Action uniform sets that never were — but can live in your imagination thanks to his digital wizardry. His passion reminds me of the inventiveness of Brian Dailey, who a couple years ago designed a series of groovy action figures based on the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon. (Click here to check that out. It’s righteous.)

Anyway, I’ve picked my favorites of the sets Mark has posted, so dig 13 GREAT CAPTAIN ACTION OUTFITS THAT NEVER WERE:

Love the Jerry Robinson styling.

I still can’t believe there wasn’t a Red Skull Mego.


With two-way wrist-radio, natch.

The greatest criminal mind of our time!

Why didn’t we get one of these? The Shadow knows…

I think this and the Joker set are my faves. What am I saying? I know they are!

Lone Ranger needed a baddie too!

Another comic-strip superstar.

Guy Williams! Alex Toth!

Ocean Master swims against the current.

Just check out the detail on this one.

Even a new Dr. Evil box!


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Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Oh man, these are GORGEOUS. My heart skipped a beat when I saw Guy Williams as Zorro. I love that series, and he’s my favorite Zorro, hands down. The rest are wonderful as well!

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  2. I’ve been following these, too! Awesome work, Mark and a great write-up, Dan! Of course, I’m partial to that Captain Marvel outfit! And kudos, Mark, for adding Captain Marvel under the SHAZAM! lógó!

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  3. Absolutely fantastic! The Captain and his Superman outfit were under our tree in 1967.

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  4. Mark did an incredible job on those!

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  5. Wow !!! These are freaking awesome!

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  6. These are incredible. Can you post a link to his other CA outfits? Took the link to his site but I’m finding them there.

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    • He posts them on FB. There’s no single place to find them, so I put together this piece.

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  7. Wow, stunning work and brilliant execution

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  8. Beautiful!

    I could see other pairings, such as Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Sinestro, The Flash and Mirror Master, Thor and Loki, Iron Man and The Mandarin, along with The THUNDER Agents (Dynamo, Lightning, NoMan, and Raven) and their villains (Subterranean Warlord, Andor, and Warp Wizard).

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  9. Nice! I did a similar list many years ago on Infinite Hollywood. Only one we both have here are Dick Tracy! I’ve posted the link on my name. Check it out.

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  10. These have to be made to come into exitance. Someone somewhere had to pick up the ball and run with it!

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