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Truth, Justice and the Captain America Way!
Next up on our look at upcoming super hero movies is Captain America! So far we don’t know a whole lot about this one. It’s suppose to be out in July of this year, but other than a few still photos and the basic premise Marvel seems to be keeping a tight lid on this project. This isn’t the first time they have tried to do a movie about the star spangled World War 2 legend and the previous attempts were met with less than enthusiastic reviews.
As with out previous previews, we will turn this over to Mark Poe, our esteemed Publisher-In-Training and part time Historian.
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The Living Legend of World War 2! Stan Lee used that phrase over and over to describe Captain America during the 1960’s Marvel Age of Comics. Along with Jack Kirby and the Marvel Bullpen of artists and inkers, Stan turned a Golden Age character who, after the World War, was all but forgotten into, a household name. Of course, turning obscure characters into cultural icons was what Stan and Jack were all about in those days! They brought a company that didn’t even really have a name, which published movie and TV knock-offs to become the top selling comic book publisher by the end of the decade. This was accomplished in large part due to the marketing savoir faire of both Stan Lee and then Publisher Martin Goodman who never missed an opportunity to merchandise the Marvel Characters. Whether the opportunity was stationary, t-shirts, model kits or the animated series which ran on TV. Stan did not miss a trick. There was movie proposals as well but none ever panned out in the ’60’s.
Then came the ’70’s and Marvel’s first live action attempts. Captain America appeared first in a 1979 made for TV movie on CBS: Captain America, which aired January 19, 1979. Later that same year Captain America II: Death Too Soon debuted November 23, 1979, both starring Reb Brown as Cap. Other than the character names these films resembled the Marvel Comics characters very little. Although not bad movies these still fell short of fan expectations. Neither did the changes made in the characters and story relate better to the TV viewers of the time who had never read the comic books.
There was also a 1990 film titled Captain America, starring Matt Salinger. This movie was shot in Yugoslavia. It was fairly faithful to the Marvel Comics version depicting the origin of Captain America from the 4-F (rejected) volunteer soldier Steve Rogers. The movie showed his World War 2 missions and his apparent death at the end of the war. Then he is found decades later frozen in ice, and being awakened from suspended animation, he must deal with being a man out of his time like a modern Rip Van Winkle. The Red Skull is in this one too, but for some reason they made him an Italian fascist rather than a German Nazi. Weird. This film itself was never released in theaters in the US, but it was released on VHS in 1992. I saw the previous two movies but I never saw this one. From everyone I’ve talked to or read after who has seen it I’ve not found any positive reaction to it. Apparently after doing a few test screenings, Marvel decided it was not good enough to release to theaters.
It is worth mentioning the ’40’s serial film about Captain America. I never saw this either but I’ve read the plots, which are very loosely based on the Marvel Cap and I’ve seen still images from the film. From what I’ve seen it doesn’t look like a winner.
That brings us back around to the 2011 Movie.
“In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is deemed too physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army and fight the Nazis in World War 2. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-soldier dubbed Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes, he fights the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract.“
I have high hopes from the photos I’ve seen. If you notice the uniform Cap wears for this film, you can see the producer is trying to use a more realistic approach and play down the spandex. The uniform is based off airmen’s jackets from the World War 2 era and the gloves and boots from some of the GI gear. There is said to be an effort in the script and direction of the story for Steve Rogers to laugh at the costume they want him to wear to USO rallies, which is the comic book version of the Captain America costume. Instead of settling for ridicule of wearing the “Patriotic Pajamas” Steve get’s in contact with Howard Stark, Tony (Iron Man) Stark’s dad, and has him design and make a more battle sensible uniform. This should add a bit of realism to the super hero myth, since most real people would never wear the traditional super hero tights.
Reminder: The folks at comicbookmovie.com has reported official movie trailers for both the Thor and Captain America movie trailers are to aired during this year’s Super Bowl .
Even though there is no official Captain America trailer out YET, regardless of what folks posting to YouTube tell you, there are plenty of fan created teasers. Some are very good, like the following:
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
We continue our look back at our previously posted web comics. We’ll be looking at all that’s come before with this feature and adding new comments as well. This month we are reviewing Project: New Man #2 and Humants #1! Stay tuned to this section every Friday for more of our archived titles.
Project: New Man #2 – Page 20 – WOW! Did we tell you New Man had a shady past or what?!
Mark’s Remarks: Once again Freazie White, Jr. Creator, artist and editor of the Humants title as well as Project: New Man’s scripter, turns in some great work! Very nice, natural, dialog between these two characters.
I was also pleased with the art here, which is now 100% my pencils and inks. Look closely and you will see my artistic influences. There are hints of Jack Kirby, John Byrne, Terry Austin and Joe Sinnott on this page. Still I had room for improvement, as is always the case.
Humants #1 – Page 19 – Mageddon, the Spoiler of Dimensional Integrity! The Dark Lord of the Hecati! Not a guy you want to hang around for sure. Lawthers better find a fast exit while he can!
Mark’s Remarks: No, not a good day for Gregory Lawthers at all! The origin of Mageddon continues! Freazie and Al turned in another great page here! With just a little inking assist as well as half tone shading from yours truly. 😉
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
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