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. Volume XVI Number 20. . . .January 29, 2010
Captain Canuck,Volume 1, is a handsome, hard cover reprinting of issues #4-10 of the original adventures of Captain Canuck first published in May 1975 but set in the futuristic 1990s. Primarily science fiction, this Canadian peacekeeper battles Neo-Nazis, terrorism, drug dealers, space pirates, and, as evidenced in the excerpt, his own memories.
Richard Comely, the originator of the title, offers a concise background of the creation of Captain Canuck in his one page introduction and the preparation of the original issues, archived at the Library and Archives Canada Preservation building in Gatineau, Quebec, for this new printing. He explains that the first three issues will be republished as a separate volume and that Volume 2 of the series is forthcoming as well. Each of the reprinted issues includes the original cover (and price tag of 50 cents) as well as the completely re-mastered tale. The colours are vibrant, the action non-stop and the characters diverse, including Stardance, top assistant to the powerful Lord West and an American electronics expert and a powerful man. He also sports long hair and Aboriginal features although his tribal affiliation is never disclosed.
This volume concludes with several pages of black and white reprints of Captain Canuck from the newspaper comic strips, examples of George Freeman’s page layouts and character design sketches and a full page illustration of the 1995 Canadian postage stamp paying homage to Captain Canuck, “the first Canadian superhero portrayed on a stamp.”
The stories are dated but of historical interest to both science fiction fans and comic book fans. Not to mention fans of excess punctuation!!! Recommended for collections of Canadiana, science fiction, and historical graphic novels.
Gail de Vos teaches at the School of Library and Information Studies for the University of Alberta and is the author of eight books on storytelling and folklore. She teaches an online course on Comic books and Graphic Novels.
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