Needless to say, there
were various villains over Captain Canuck's run, from cult leader
Nu-Enoch, to drug tsar Mr. Samota, to crooked M.P. Rosechuck (M.P. = Member
of Parliament). This page is meant to highlight those who appeared in more
than one story and, had the series continued (and not tried to change direction),
could have formed the core of the mandatory recurring foes that superguys
Far and away the main contender
for "arch-foe", Mr. Gold first appeared in #3 (in silhouette) and continued
to plot villainy through three more issues (and two separate storylines)
before finally being captured. He also cropped up in a cameo in #12, and
in the satirical piece, "The Filler" (in the Summer Special) where he was
duking it out with C.C. -- again, cementing his place as the villain most
identified with C.C.
Visually memorable, with a gold
eye and a gold plate in his head, Gold had no superpowers, but stands as
a surprisingly unique figure in comicdom. He was out to conquer the world
(or at least Canada) it's true but, unlike a Dr. Octopus or even a Dr.
Doom, his forte was manipulation and behind-the-scenes machinations. In
some respects, he can be seen as having anticipated the direction
taken by Superman foe, Lex Luthor, in recent years.
Gold, with his casual dress, the
evidence of physical trauma, and the rugged way he was drawn, smacked a
little of a self-made man -- though his true origins were never explored.
In his #12 cameo, he was also being re- positioned, like all great villains,
as a scientific genius as well.
proverbial (and literal) mad scientist, Walker cropped up in two separate
stories (#2 and the Summer Special) both times as an underling working
for another. He went insane at the end of #2, was better by the Summer
Special, but got killed off -- though, in true comic book style, his body
The aliens who gave C.C. his power
had a couple of cameo appearances before becoming the main event for issues
#11-13. Their motivations seemed kind of, well, fluid. In the Summer Special
they seem well-intentioned, concerned C.C. is affecting earth's development.
However, in the "Chariots of Fire" trilogy, they're clearly baddies, trying
to take over earth; and by the end
of that story, we learn they are actually outlaws from their own worlds
(opening the door, presumably, to friendlier alien contact).
Nyro-Ka, the second-in-command,
was the alien who accidentally gave C.C. his power (and he wasn't happy
about that little faux pas)...and he was still alive and capable of hatching
more schemes by the end of "Chariots of Fire".
traitorous partner from #1 wore a similar costume, though it was blue where
C.C.'s was red. He also appeared in #2, out of costume. Not a big contender;
nonetheless, Blue Fox might have filled the obligatory "player on the other
side" role -- that is, a recurring villain whose abilities duplicate the
hero's (albeit, without the alien enhancement).
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