Captain Canuck fans speak:

Ah, the MEMORIES...


From time to time I've received e-mails from old times fans, and even some comic pros, reminiscing about some personal connection to Captain Canuck (the first issue they received, their meeting with some of the creators of the comic). They can be interesting pieces, and so, here they are for you. I've endeavored to get permission to post these, but if I forgot, or if you're one of the ones I've included and you'd rather I didn't, e-mail me and I'll take it off.
 



Your comment about making cultural statements with Captain Canuck really struck home. Even as a kid I appreciated how Canadian C.C. was, in its understated way. To me, that was the magic of the series. It was unapologetically Canadian. It wasn't exaggerated, and it wasn't minimized -- it simply was. Little touches like the forest fire in issue 14, and how the murder plot centred around brothers desperate for finances as their small-town business went belly-up. With more and more small towns simply disappearing around Canada, it's a phenomenon unique to our nation. And when they went for straight-out superhero schtick, they did it without feeling it necessary to force Canadian issues in there. When Cap had to defend a femme fatale and a wounded cabby (issue #10), it may have been set in a Canadian city, but it was nothing short of butt-kicking two-fisted action with some interesting plot twists. That's the beauty of it, to my way of seeing. It simply was. It was a good comic with good stories, and great art... and the hero just happened to be Canadian. When I read things like most Alpha Flight issues, they're nothing more than American comics with a pseudo-Canadian feel. It needs to come from home to feel like home.
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Canada was internationally known for rugged adventure and manly heroics. During the silent era, Hollywood produced movie after movie that was set in the Gold rush to the Yukon. There were the adventures of square-jawed mounties in the north -- some of them based on real-life mountie legend, Sam Steel. Yeah, his name is too cool to be true, but it's real. The Aussies, the Brits, the Yanks... we were viewed as cool by all of them. Somewhere along the way we lost that. I'm convinced it was when our government acted like the U.S.'s lapdogs and gave up the Avro Arrow.

~Ed N.



I have really enjoyed the nostalgia of your Captain Canuck site. This is a real treasure and I hope Yahoo/Geocities just get with the program and allow more traffic your way! Amazing work!

I am a cartoonist, but also a big fan of the comics and cartoons. Probably like all of you, I have been a big Captain Canuck fan from the start. I loved the strip because, for some odd reason, I believed I could draw better than Richard Comely and dreamed of taking over the strip one day. That dream died the day George Freeman took over the artwork. He did some of the best work in all of comics at that time, in my humble opinion.

I was about 20 when my parents were about to visit Calgary. I knew CKR Productions was located in Calgary, so I had them take along five samples of a black and white Captain Canuck story I had written and drawn. My plan was that they drop in and "show me off" to the Captain Canuck staff. My parents are my greatest fans.

To my great amazement and awe, they got to spend the better part of a day at CKR's Calgary studio with George Freeman and Ken Ryan. I have been jealous ever since! George said I had lots of potential, but I had a lot of brushing up to do on my perspective. I was cut to the quick, because I believed perspective was one of my strong points. I resolved to do the best job he'd ever seen the next time I submitted.

About two years later, I moved to Calgary and first thing I did was look up CKR. To my chagrin and disappointment, they had either gone defunct, or moved away. I ended up doing editorial cartoons for the University of Calgary GAUNTLET, but sadly my art career never took off as I had dreamed.

I continue to be baffled at why when we get a character, or entertainment concept that defines us as a people, it dies in the womb. To heck with this Canadian vs. American debate. What blocks we Canadians from pulling that one off?

Captain Canuck was of pioneering, ground-breaking comic book stuff. He really should have gone further than he did, but I guess he won hearts, which is all he was really designed to do. He'll always have a special place in me, as he will, I'm sure, in all of you.

~Jeff W.


Hello,

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your website. It takes me back... I got my first issue of C.C. (issue 3) in 1977. I traded 3 Batman comics for it. I remember dreaming of wanting to be Captain Canuck when I grew up! Eventually I built a mint set of the rest of the run, but I still have my old, dog-eared issue 3. I can't say that I enjoyed the second series particularly, but I look forward to the proposed new series. I have recently introduced my 8 year old daughter to C.C., and she and her friends think its great! Hopefully this will help pass the torch to the next generation.

I especially enjoyed your section on the history of the principal players in the development of the comic. I have not been able to find this kind of information elsewhere. You also have some beautiful artwork on display as well. I have only one suggestion: Would it be possible to display all the different cover art? I realize it probably would take up a great deal of space, but what a resource!

Anyway, thanks for making this great site possible! Glad to see someone else keeping the flame alive!

~Regards, Doug - elkman69@lycos.com

 

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