Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/8/21
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Captain Action, the original super-hero action figure, was introduced in 1966 in the wake of the Batman TV show craze, and later received his own DC comic book with art by Wally Wood and Gil Kane. Able to assume the identities of 13 famous super-heroes, his initial career was short-lived, but continuing interest in the hero has led to two different returns to toy-store shelves. Lavishly illustrated with over 200 toy photos, this second edition of the critically acclaimed volume by author Michael Eury chronicles the history of this quick-changing champion, including photos of virtually every Captain Action product ever released, spotlights on his allies Action Boy and the Super Queens and his arch enemy Dr. Evil, an examination of his comic-book appearances, and "Action facts" that even the most-diehard Captain Action fan won't know! Features a foreword, cover image, and previously unseen package illustrations by Murphy Anderson, as well as historical anecdotes by the late Gil Kane, Jim Shooter, Stan Weston (co-creator of G.I. Joe, Captain Action, and Mego's World's Greatest Super-Heroes), and Larry Reiner and Larry O'Daly, formerly of Ideal Toys, plus never-before-published and classic Captain Action artwork by Gil Kane, Joe Staton, Carmine Infantino, Jerry Ordway, Paul Gulacy, Mark Sparacio, Ruben Procopio, and Tom Yeates. This revised second edition also includes behind-the-scenes material covering Captain Action's triumphant 2008 return to comics shelves in his new series from Moonstone Books, and spotlights on the new wave of Captain Action collectibles.
MICHAEL EURY has worn as many professional hats as Captain Action has masks, having worked as a comic book editor and author, public-relations spokesperson, singing-telegrams messenger, teacher, comedy actor, TV cameraman, band director, and jazz trombonist. Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure is the first book he has written, although he's edited a few and read even more.
For example-- why is Krypto the Superdog an accessory for Superman when that was a character than was tied to Superboy. Why give Batman a drill in his utility belt? Why no gloves on any of the main characters? Were there other characters considered for the line? Steve Canyon and Sgt Fury seem obscure characters-were they chosen because of their military ties so the line could compete better with GI JOE?
The author mentions that the Spider on The Spider-Man's chest is not his normal logo-- but doesn't question why he's wearing a belt, or why Aquaman needs swim fins?
One of the charms of the Captain Action line is it's slightly dopey choices-- putting Flash Gordon in an outfit that looks nothing like he's ever been in through all of his film and comic strip appearances might have been to cash in on the space craze, but I'd like to have heard his expert opinion.
Instead, you get a very light read if you're familiar with most of these characters as their bios are readily available in multiple sources.
I just wish there was a little bit of information, critical analysis, etc in this book. Kudos for the excellent photos and great graphic design, but I'd loved to have learned something reading this.
Just not worth $30 if you know who these characters are and wanted this book to learn more about the Captain and the decisions Ideal made in making the line.