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Tuesday, July 13, 1999
  Of Captains And Cons
Captain Action - master of disguise! 

''Captain Action''
was, primarily, an action figure concept 
meant to sell toys by the dozens - 
as he could literally become 
dozens of different characters! 
The sky was the limit indeed; 
as the potential was there 
and if he had had any greater success, 
it is certain that we would have seen 
this good captain impersonate 
many more characters 
than the select few that he did! 

 (Hey - wasn't that DC's Unknown Soldier's schtick, anyway?)





The good Captain passing himself off as 
The Ghost Who Walks 
- aka The Phantom!





The good Captain pretending to be 
the King of the Seven Seas now - 
Aquaman!





Things have changed very little since those good ol' innocent days - see now; the good Captain's arch-foe was a dead ringer for... Osama Bin Laden? (Or OBM is a Dr. Evil clone...? "Dr. Evil" -? Hmm... Any relation to that silly Austin Powers foil? Or to Ming The Merciless? Hmm? Guess not...)





AHH - FINALLY - THE TRUE CAPTAIN; 

in all of his bland 1984ish glory! ;)



(Verily, we tell you today... É vero... Sim... 
No finer Captain has ever been seen since... 
Captain Nemo perhaps?)














... but we digress! 

(Nota Bene: in order to remedy to that, surely, the good Captain kept dressing up as other, FAR more, ah, charismatic heroes shall we say - for the whole time that his (extremely, really) ephemeral tenure lasted!
I do believe that his other "borrowed roles" were, in no particular order: Superman, Batman, Captain America, Zorro and maybe even Lone Ranger, Sinbad and Tarzan...? No - skip that last one! Although it would have been tremendously easy to fill the requirements of the role, Tarzan properties probably asked for too much moolah for Cheetah...! Same goes for Zorro properties! Instead, there is an astronaut role there - I cannot tell which one that is; but it could not be Matt Mason, I imagine; he was the competition! Maybe Buck Rogers? And there was an army man there too - Sgt. Fury or the better man, Sgt. Rock; either way, you get your cannon fodder! ;)

Oh - there is another blond guy there too; 
Brick Bradford, could it be? 



... er... wrong Bradfords found! 




Aquaman's near twin bro! 
From that damnable "surface world" 
- but still!







With hindsight, and its 20/20 tainted glasses,
one can be fairly perplexed though
that the easiest disguises of all 
were not included here, at all: 
Spider-Man and Snake-Eyes!)



Ah - a close-up, Mr. De Mille! :)

Yes - Captain Action was, in fact, 
a very sad man in his private life 
- not gay at all! ;) 

And he was no G.I. JOE either!




Hmm... He actually looks like 
some character-actor time has forgotten 
that we used to see on TV aaaall the time - 
but not anymore. 
Not since circa 1979 I'd say! 
(no - not the guy showcased 
in the above video; 
rather this joe...! 
*Alfred Ryder*
But I couldn't find 
any video of him!)





You didn't see this guy 
hang out with Barbies 
like all those inane G.I. Joes would do, 
"after (playtime) hours" 
- no sir you wouldn't! 


Captain Action   was 
ALL BUSINESS - ALL THE TIME!


And so were 
Captain Scarlet...




Captain Marvel 
(whichever one you truly want...!)
(we're betting on this one!)




Capitaine Flam...





Capitaine Haddock...





Capitão Planet 




Captain America...






Captain High Liner






or...



But I digress... again!



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And those are other stories 
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- for other posts! 
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And other blogs! ;)
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