News+Politics July 1, 2013
A Hero For Canada: Captain Canuck Is Back

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The new-look Captain Canuck (Image: Captain Canuck Inc./Kalman Andrasofszky)

It's Canada Day, and a very holiday-appropriate hero is set to rise again: Captain Canuck is back.

The comic book hero, who first appeared in 1975, is making a comeback in a new web series, which will be hosted online at CaptainCanuck.com.

The series was funded by an Indiegogo campaign.

CBC News spoke to Captain Canuck's co-creator, Winnipeg-based artist and writer Richard Comely, who invented the character along with cartoonist Ron Leishman.



The pair met at church and started talking about the fact there were no Canadian superheroes.

"We would talk and he said, 'There should be a Canadian superhero.' I said, 'Duh! Yeah! Why isn't there?'" Comely told CBC.

The first Captain Canuck comic came out in 1975, and it was a success - there was lots of interest from the media both in Canada and the U.S., and it sold out all over the place.

A new group of creative talents is reviving the character, with approval and consultation from Comely, for the new web series.

Strombo.com recently spoke to Kalman Andrasofszky, one of the artists involved in the rebooted Captain Canuck.

"Redesigning Captain Canuck for the new animated revamp has been one of my most rewarding gigs," he told us. "We're reinventing all the mythology of the Captain and his universe."

The new series features voice work from actors including Kris Holden-Ried, Laura Vandervoort, Tatiana Maslany and Paul Amos. The initial run will feature five episodes.

For more on the Captain Canuck revival, tune into The National on CBC Television tonight.

And stick around afterwards: our Canada Day Special airs at 7 pm this evening, with Olympians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in the red chair and Ron James on the Panel.

It's the first of a whole month of brand new shows, airing every weeknight in July at 7 pm.

Via CBC News

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