Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I Specialize in Slapping Around! Tuesday!

So yesterday, we looked at Triumph, who wasn't at all triumphant. But let's check out Captain Triumph, who was in the unintentionally hilariously-named Crack Comics from issue #27 until it folded with issue #62:

Hmmmmm. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with this cover. It looks like he either disarmed a thug, or he just got finished pistol-whipping an innocent bystander. I suspect we'll never know the whole truth.

As you may recall, Captain Triumph was the result of two brothers whose names I forget "merging":

Apparently, a ghost can't just float from room to room. He has to open a door. I didn't know that, did you?

Captain Triumph was kind of a mean guy:

Wow. I'm not saying the guy didn't have it coming, but Batman rarely gave his foes internal bleeding without summoning some kind of help for them after the fact.

He was even rough with fish:

I don't think it's a fair expectation that a shark is going to "get its bearings" after you've punched a hole in his chest cavity, and left his entrails dangling in the water. I think Mr. Shark is a little beyond "getting his bearings."

Besides being fodder for this blog, Captain Triumph almost saw daylight again when many Golden Age Heroes were revived in the World War II - themed book, All-Star Squadron:

I know, it's like playing "Where's Waldo?", but look hard, because he's there. It's 1981, about 32 years after his last appearance, and Captain Triumph hovers on a revival. And believe it or don't, writer Roy Thomas was planning on using Captain Triumph in this title, but just never got around to it. So, I guess Captain Triumph wasn't all that better off than "Triumph" would fare in the 90's.

If you just can't get enough of Captain Triumph, he was used a bit in the awesome Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters mini-series of 2007. And that's one to grow on!

See you tomorrow!


Jeff Overturf said...

He's used even more in DC's 4 issue mini-series from 1993, "The Golden Age". Get the download at the one eyed cyclops at http://cosseyedcyclops.blogspot.com/search/label/Golden%20Age He's hounded by his ghost brother to "merge" but he refuses to rub his birthmark.

Y'know, even typing that sentence gave me the creeps.

Anonymous said...

For even more fun, imagine them with the voices of Kelsey Grammer & David Hyde Pierce.

SallyP said...

You know, you just don't see too many characters wearing jodphurs anymore...and it's a darned shame.

But the guy on the ground? He HAS to be Hal Jordan...recovering from yet another blow to the head.

Allergy said...

I think the artist in that 2nd set of panels got confused and thought the brother was an animated statue.