Friday, April 04, 2014

Tales from the Green Scrapbook #6: Captain America in TV Guide, 1979

In this installment of our once-in-a-great-while series, Tales from the Green Scrabook (featuring scans of items I taped into an old notebook when I was a child), we have TV Guide ads from the 1979 made-for-television Captain America movies. If you're looking for any sort of fidelity to the original comic book source material, just move along - there's nothing to see here.

IMDB helpfully summarizes Cap's origin from the first movie (broadcast January 19, 1979):
When a commercial artist is almost murdered by spies looking for his late father's secrets, he is saved in surgery when the FLAG formula is injected into him.
Uh huh. And that uniform is, how shall we say, non-standard.

Apparently, the super-steroids created by Steve Rogers' father enable him to jump just like Wonder Woman did on her television series...

Things got a little better in Captain America II (helpfully subtitled on home video as "Death Too Soon"), broadcast on November 23 of the same year, if only because they got the costume nearly right this time, and because Christopher Lee can't help but add a touch of class.

Dig those action-packed opening credits!

OK, I did say that things got only a little better...

If anyone knows who illustrated these TV Guide ads, I'd love to hear from you.

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