Richard Comely - The driving force behind Captain Canuck, Comely was the chief writer and, variously over the series run, an artist, letterer, colourist, and editor. Not one to be shy about his beliefs, Comely, a Mormon, used religious elements in the early issues, and his concern about a global conspiracy drove his subsequent comic, Star Rider and the Peace Machine, as well as his "new" Captain Canuck series in the mid-'90s.
His style was a weird blending of stylized and realism, of cartoony and exquisite detail. He could be a bit out there sometimes, but overall, delivered kinetic, well composed panels, with a sense of depth and 3-dimension that a lot of artists lack (even giants like John Byrne can seem a bit two-dimensional sometimes). Even some referencs to Captain Canuck in American publications seem to feel that, with Freeman's art, the comic took a quantum leap up from the standard "independent" echelons.
After Captain Canuck folded, he landed some U.S. work including Marvel Fanfare #7, 1983 (inking the lead Hulk feature, drawing the Daredevil back-up), a 1984 Jack of Hearts mini-series for Marvel, a Black Widow graphic novel by Gerry Conway, also for Marvel, and he drew the lead feature in Batman Annual #11 (1988) for DC, written by industry fave Alan Moore. His work on Batman was particularly striking, and its a shame that he didn't (to my knowledge) do more of the Dark Knight. Still active in the U.S. comic biz (though remaining based in Canada), Freeman has worked, variously, as a penciler, inker and colourist for various companies, including DC, Image and others, including a stint on DC's (now-defunct) Challengers of the Unknown revival. To my knowledge, though, he hasn't written anything since Captain Canuck.
Jean-Claude St. Aubin - Born 1951, Ontario. Initially brought on as an inker and colourist, St. Aubin was an artist of divergent skills. He drew out-right satirical pieces like the Chaos Corps and "The Filler", but used heroic realism (mixed with the outlandish) to conjure up the mythical world of Beyond. The impression I got was that he leaned toward the quirkiness of the satires or the weirdness of Beyond, but I'm more partial to his semi-realist stuff (not because his funny stuff wasn't good, but I'm just partial to dramatic comics in general), and he'd make a welcome addition to any U.S. superhero or fantasy comic. He also was a letterer.
I had initially thought Jean-Claude St. Aubin had dropped out of the business entirely after Captain Canuck, but thanks to a friendly e-mail from a comic fan I've learned that he's still active in U.S. comics -- now going by simply Claude St. Aubin -- as an inker and penciler. Among his credits was drawing issues of the Acclaim/Valiant revival of Magnus Robot Fighter in the mid-'90s.
Ryan - CKR's business manager, Ryan also pitched in with colouring
and the like when deadlines loomed. I actually still have a hand-written
note from Mr. Ryan (over a mix up in my subscription).
Dennis Rose - In the late '70s (before the gang left Winnipeg), Rose worked behind the scenes, answering phones, managing the fan club, and running errands in the "Canuck Cruiser" (literally! It was a car with C.C.'s picture on the sides).
All caricatures by Jean-Claude St. Aubin and copyright CKR productions.
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