Celebrating the new hardcover collection of DC’s cult-favorite comics series based on the late, lamented Ideal toy line…
I was a Mego kid. To me the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes are the greatest toys in the history of toys. There are others, though, who are just as fervent in their adulation for Captain Action, the multiple-heroes-in-one character created by Ideal in 1966.
As you almost certainly know if you’re reading this, Captain Action begat a short-lived, cult favorite DC Comics series that finally — finally — is being collected in one edition: IDW’s hardcover Captain Action Classic Collection, which debuts this week.
Given the 56-year love affair fans have had with CA, we couldn’t resist bringing you CAPTAIN ACTION WEEK — the backbone of which is an issue-by-issue breakdown of all five original installments by Jim Shooter, Gil Kane, Wally Wood (and others).
Our line-up? Mark Waid, who wrote the intro to the new collection; Back Issue and RetroFan editor Michael Eury, who wrote THE book on the good captain — TwoMorrows’ Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure; Ed Catto of Captain Action Enterprises; and two of 13th Dimension‘s primary contributors beyond yours truly — Paul Kupperberg and Jim Beard, who have each written CA’s adventures.
Every day this week, we’ll run a new installment, each of which is a de facto commentary track for each issue. So keep coming back to this post, because we’ll be updating the list of links as we roll merrily along.
— DC’s CAPTAIN ACTION Comic: A History, by MARK WAID. Click here.
— 13 REASONS TO LOVE CAPTAIN ACTION #1, by MARK WAID. Click here.
— 13 REASONS TO LOVE CAPTAIN ACTION #2, by PAUL KUPPERBERG. Click here.
— 13 REASONS TO LOVE CAPTAIN ACTION #3, by JIM BEARD. Click here.
— 13 REASONS TO LOVE CAPTAIN ACTION #4, by ED CATTO. Click here.
— 12 REASONS TO LOVE (AND 1 REASON TO HATE) CAPTAIN ACTION #5, by MICHAEL EURY. Click here.