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Step aside, Alpha Flight: Captain Canuck is making his return to comics this year.
Canada’s national superhero has been staging a comeback over the past few years, with plans for a movie, the launch of an animated web series, and the promise of his own maple syrup. And over the weekend at Toronto ComiCon, artist Kalman Andrasofszky unveiled the first three pages of a planned four-issue miniseries.
The comic will be written and drawn by Andrasofszky, with colors by Jim Charalimpidis. The series sprang from the Captain webisodes, for which Andrasofszky provided designs. However, the comic series has grown to become its own thing.
Captain Canuck is already making his way toward the big screen, but he isn’t stopping there: The Canadian superhero will also star in a five-part animated web series, produced by by Toronto’s Smiley Guy Studios. An Indiegogo campaign will launch March 28 to help fund the project.
Introduced in 1975, Richard Comely and George Freeman’s hero was Tom Evans, a secret agent who developed super-strength after coming into contact with extraterrestrials. Revivals of the title in 1993 and 2004 featured new incarnations of the hero. For the web series, Captain Canuck Inc. turned to artist Kalman Andrasofszky (NYX: No Way Home, X-Treme X-Men) to update the character.
“This is a ground-up revamp,” Kalman said in a statement. “We’re trying to take all the best elements of the classic and also layer in new elements that speak to the way hero mythology has evolved since Canuck was created in 1975.”
Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl) will voice Captain Canuck, while Paul Amos (Warehouse 13) will play his arch-nemesis Mr. Gold.