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April 17, 2015 1:08 PM   Subscribe

Remember when Captain America had a district attorney alter-ego named Grant Gardner? And he fought The Purple Death Scarab? No? Then you might need to rewatch the original 1944 Captain American Republic Serials! Bonus: The (deservedly) short lived Captain America Cartoon 1966
posted by The Whelk (24 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
And the less said about the 1979 Captain America movie starring Reb Brown (better known as Big McLargeHuge), the better.
posted by SansPoint at 1:12 PM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


In addition to fake anti communist Captain America? Wow.
posted by Artw at 1:13 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]




I've been there!

(It was mostly a rock and roll cafe kind of place IIRC)
posted by Artw at 1:17 PM on April 17, 2015




(yeah it wasn't great but whatever I had to, I have a weakness for American themed places overseas)
posted by The Whelk at 1:19 PM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


A whole world of 50s style diners awaits!
posted by Artw at 1:21 PM on April 17, 2015


(the one in Iceland had the saltiest food I had ever experienced in my life)
posted by The Whelk at 1:23 PM on April 17, 2015


In high school, some friends and I took a trip to Montreal, and one night those limited-animation Marvel cartoons came on the air. I don't think I'd ever seen limited animation before and I remember having watched the more traditionally animated '67 Spider-Man series as a kid, and it distinctly felt like "Welcome to Canada, here's your weird-ass cartoons."
posted by griphus at 1:29 PM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


Did you go in an Eddie Rocket's when you were in Dublin? Not a bad take on the film world idea of a 50's US diner.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 1:33 PM on April 17, 2015


From Wikipedia:
The serial sees Captain America, really District Attorney Grant Gardner, trying to thwart the plans of The Scarab, really museum curator Dr. Cyrus Maldor - especially regarding his attempts to acquire the "Dynamic Vibrator" and "Electronic Firebolt", devices that could be used as super-weapons
... in the bedroom! Ba-da-bing!

You can also get these 15 episodes on Archive.org.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:05 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Of course we're forgetting the 90's Captain America where he fights back to back with Ronnie Cox as the president. I recommend it as a double feature with the Corman Fantastic Four. But for god's sake not sober.
posted by lumpenprole at 2:27 PM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


And the less said about the 1979 Captain America movie starring Reb Brown (better known as Big McLargeHuge), the better.

Hey, I sorta liked it! It was very much in the Incredible Hulk TV series mode, in which there weren't very many typically comic-booky things going on in the world and he might just as easily come up against some drunk bikers as a mad scientist or terrorist. Reb Brown was entirely too mellow to play Steve Rogers, though; he always seemed to me to be the kind of guy that you occasionally meet on the job who's very easy to get along with but also takes almost no initiative whatsoever, ever. He was in a POW-rescue movie, Uncommon Valor, with Gene Hackman and Patrick Swayze and a bunch of veteran character actors such as Fred Ward, Tex Cobb, and Tim Thomerson, and was almost lost in the shuffle.
posted by Halloween Jack at 2:46 PM on April 17, 2015


It must be noted that "Captain America Cartoon 1966" was part of The Marvel Super Heroes Show, including Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk ("ain't he un-glamor-ays"), and even the Sub-Mariner. A weekly half-hour shared by 5 supers with no crossovers I recall, and all done in a near-static barely-animated style, partly due to lack of budget, partly to 'recreate the feel of a comic book'. Yeah, sure. A year later, a Spider-Man show did a little better, but with a couple long sequences of Spidey web-swinging from place to place used to fill time (but those repetitive sequences WERE pretty well animated). Interestingly, many of the YouTubes of the Marvel Super Heroes show are being blocked by Disney now for copyright purposes.
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:46 PM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]




ALL THOSE WHO CHOSE TO OPPOSE HIS SHIELD MUST YIELD
posted by Sing Or Swim at 3:18 PM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


"I want to know more about the vibrator." -- Lionel Atwill
posted by QuietDesperation at 4:28 PM on April 17, 2015



Stand a little straighter. Walk a little prouder.
Be an innovator. Clap a little louder.
Grow forever greater. We can show you how to.
Where will you be then?
You belong, you belong, you belong, you’ll belong
To the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

posted by Insert Clever Name Here at 4:58 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


This seems relevant.
posted by nonasuch at 6:18 PM on April 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


I'm a little disappointed by that link, Artw, because not only does it spend almost all of the post simply recapping the two movies, but seems unaware of the later comics storyline (written by Mark Gruenwald, who did a lot of very interesting things with the character in the eighties) in which Cap, who had a lot of back pay coming to him due to having been declared MIA and never formally discharged from the Army at the end of WWII, uses it to establish a national toll-free hotline and a network of volunteers to forward him tips on problems that might need his help. It's extremely likely that Gruenwald was thinking of the TV movies when he set up that storyline, as Cap drives around in a customized van that houses his motorcycle, just like the TV movies. (Also note, in the first link, the clever callout to the Mad Max/Road Warrior movies with "Rokatanski & Co.")
posted by Halloween Jack at 7:22 PM on April 17, 2015




(credit to Chris Giarrusso for that song actually, not a random YouTuber)
posted by jason_steakums at 8:04 PM on April 17, 2015


I used to watch the old Republic serial on Magic Shadows every Friday with my dad. We didn't watch a lot of TV in our house, so I thought that most TV was like that.


Most TV should be like that.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:55 PM on April 17, 2015


Interestingly, many of the YouTubes of the Marvel Super Heroes show are being blocked by Disney now for copyright purposes.

Including the one with Cap's Kooky Quartet?

I smell money... and a DVD release.

Now I kinda wish Marvel would tack that cartoon into the credits of Avenger 2.

I also hope When the Commissar Commands is the title of Captain America 4.
My hopes are unrealistic.
posted by Mezentian at 11:30 PM on April 17, 2015


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