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 Captain Action


Captain Action No. 1
Ocotber-November 1968
Cover: Captain Action, Action Boy, Khem, Superman, Krellik’s shadow //Carmine Infantino / Irv Novick (signed)
Story: “Origin of Captain Action” (part 1; 11 pages)
 Part 2: “Where the Action Is” (13 pages)
Editor: Mort Weisinger
Writer: Jim Shooter
Artist: Wally Wood
Feature Characters: Captain Action (Clive Arno; first appearance; origin), Action Boy (Carl Arno; first appearance; origin)
GS: Superman (last appearance in ACTION COMICS #369; next appears in SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN #116)
Other Character: Odin
Intro: Ra, Tyr, Tlaloc, Elders of Apsu, James, Khem (first and only appearance for all)
Villain: Krellik (first appearance)
Comments: Captain Action and Action Boy are based on the action figure dolls created by Ideal Toy Company.
 Story continues in next issue.
Synopsis: A find of ancient coins in an archaeological dig gives Clive Arno the powers of the gods, but his rival, Krellik, gains the powers of the evil gods and defeats him in battle.

Captain Action No. 2
December 1968 / January 1969
Cover: Captain Action and Action Boy in Silver Streak dodging ray-blast from Krellik //Gil Kane
Story: “The Battle Begins” (part 1; 13 pages)
 Part 2: “Captain Action’s Reactions” (11 pages)
Editor: Mort Weisinger
Writer: Jim Shooter
Penciller: Gil Kane
Inker: Wally Wood
Feature Characters: Captain Action, Action Boy
Villain: Krellik (last appearance)
Comment: Story continues from last issue.
Synopsis: Captain Action and Action Boy attempt to recover the god-coins stolen from them by Krellik.

Captain Action No. 3
February-March 1968
Cover: Captain Action holding fallen Action Boy in rain //Gil Kane / Dick Giordano (signed)
Story: “And Evil This Way Comes” (24 pages)
Editor: Julius Schwartz
Writer, penciller: Gil Kane
Inker: Wally Wood
Feature Characters: Captain Action, Action Boy
Villain: Dr. Evil (Dr. Stefan Tracy; first appearance)
Comment: Dr. Evil is based on the action figure doll created by Mattel Toy Corporation.
Synopsis: Captain Action’s father-in-law is advanced evolutionarily by an accident, becomes the super-powered Dr. Evil, and attempts to destroy humanity.

Captain Action No. 4
April-May 1969
Cover: Captain Action, Action Boy, and ghost of Katherine Arno //Gil Kane (signed)
Story: “Evil At Dead World’s End” (24 pages)
Editor: Julius Schwartz
Writer, artist: Gil Kane
Feature Characters: Captain Action, Action Boy
Intro: Alpha Centurans (die in this story), Katherine Tracy Arno (Captain Action’s late wife and Action Boy’s mother; as a zombie; only appearance)
Villains: Dr. Evil (last appearance), Devourodon, Blastoid, Cyanide-Crawler (first appearance for all; all destroyed in this story)
Synopsis: Dr. Evil encounters a race of beings in space physically like himself, and vows to depopulate Earth and repopulate it with the people of that dying planet, but Captain Action stands in his way.

Captain Action No. 5
June-July 1969
Cover: Captain Action, Action Boy, Matthew Blackwell, and rioting people //Gil Kane (signed)
Story: “A Mind Divided” (24 pages)
Editor: Julius Schwartz
Writer, penciller: Gil Kane
Inker: Wally Wood
Feature Characters: Captain Action, Action Boy (last appearance for both)
Intro: Johnny Johnson (dies in this story), Miss Rensie (only appearance)
Villains: Matthew Blackwell (Eugene Johnson) and his men (including Hank and Luke; first and only appearance for all)
Comments: This is the last issue of CAPTAIN ACTION.
 Miss Rensie is named for famed comics artist and Spirit creator Will Eisner.
Synopsis: Captain Action and Action Boy take on the legions of right-wing rabble rouser Matthew Blackwell, who is in reality magazine publisher and schizoid Eugene Johnson.

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