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
If anyone knows who illustrated these TV Guide
ads, I'd love to hear from you.
Labels: Captain America, Christopher Lee, Tales from the Green Scrapbook, television, TV Guide