Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Captain Atom and U.S.Agent



I really liked the redesign that Pat Broderick gave to Captain Atom's costume when DC brought the Charlton heroes into the DCU.  It's simple and effective - you just know the guy is powerful by looking at him.  There have been a few attempts to redesign his look since, but that always looked a little busy to me and didn't really work.  He looked great in animation as well, always a good test of a costumes effectiveness.

20 comments:

AirDave said...

Reading Captain Atom, he seems a lot like Firestorm - almost too powerful! Great stories though. I read the one where he crossed over to the Wildstorm Universe, I think it was...

Cary Comic said...

I'm compelled to agree with you, Ross. Maybe it's a form of jadedness. But, while I loved the Charlton-era stories, I thought the good captain's Silver Age look was one of the few instances where Steve Ditko had artistically failed.

Bob Greenwade said...

For me, the best test of how well a costume works is live action. If a movie/TV costumer, or at least a cosplayer, can make it look right, then you've got a winner. These put the costume on an actual human frame and shows what the other characters would actually see.

I did a quick image search (via Bing) for Captain Atom cosplayers, and the ones I found need some tips on SFX makeup; they all have single-tone looks, making them appear (literally) two-dimensional. Otherwise I think they at least have a good Proof of Concept: it works.

(One of them, by the way, is from a Marvel vs. DC montage, and has Captain Atom going up against red-jacketed Wonder Man. I think that should happen on this blog.)

Anonymous said...

With the turn-around in status of innocence in recent covers, maybe one cover could have Magnus, Robot Fighter being charged with destroying human-minded robot bodies from Nextlyfe(?), a division(?) of Cogwell's Cogs from "the Jetsons" (2017).

Isaac said...

Nice on Ross. With this cover in mind, how about a team up with US Agent and Agent Liberty?

Cavillier1970 said...

Nice idea here; but I can see this leading to a new team of patriotic /military heroes. Capt. Atom, US Agent, Deathstroke, Liberty Belle (Jesse that is) Agent Liberty, Uncle Sam, for starters. Any thoughts?

Bob Greenwade said...

For Cav's suggestion, I'd hope that the team might include American Maid.

Cavillier1970 said...

Bob... I've no problem w/ her. She's from the Tick right? I'm thinking Uncle Sam assembles all those who are loyal to the United States- I'm also thinking the Force of July. I always liked them. Considering we've seen those of the light and dark join forces, the robotic heroes, and my personal favorites the Roustabouts (who I've story ideas for) I think a group of patriots/soldiers would work. And I know Deathstroke might not fit for some but he was a solider and even though he's a professional, I still think he's loyal to the USA

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

Simon Williams(Marvel West Coast Avengers) knows stunts, let him be the judge.

Isaac said...

Nice adds fellas but I can't believe you left out Mr. America, Miss America, The Shield and the Fighting American! For shame! ;-)

Tim said...

If we are thinking red jacket Wonder Man, how about a team up with Blue Devil as they go against Mysterio and Clay Face in...Set for Destruction!

reader from outside the USA said...

Would you also include that one who fought for truth, justice and the American way (at least on radio)?

Or is he more of a hero and less of a "patriotic hero"?

P.S. What about adding the All-American and Slugger?

Anonymous said...

@Tim: you forgot Stunt Master and the Golden Age Stunt Man (who is now public domain)!

Anonymous said...

Oh! Almost forgot; the Golden Age Black Cat, from Harvey Comics, was secretly stuntwoman Linda Turner. So, she'd qualify, too!

Bob Greenwade said...

All of these on-screen heroes (actors and stunt people) together need a name. How about The Cast of Heroes?

I favor Mysterio as their first villain.

Jay Johnson said...

If why are talking stunts, how about the late, great Super-Dave? (He did everything else, he must have at least made a cameo in a comic!)

Cary Comic said...

@Bob: why not?

@Jay: for all I know, he could have been the man behind the mask of the (non-genetically mutated) Human Fly! At least, if that short-lived 1970's comic had lasted a little longer, that might have wound up the illustrated case.

Brother Kellymatthew Barnes said...

"...Stunts dare devil you're an angel..." - Stunts Movie Theme Song. (1977)

Cavillier1970 said...

Sounds like you guys have the makings of another interesting team of Hollywood-ish heroes w/ a couple bad guys brought in maybe for their skills. I think I've a name; the Blockbusters. Wonderman, Blue Devil, the Human-Fly, the Stunt Master, the original Black Cat, the 1st Clayface, Mystero. I can already 'see' an origin of maybe Clayface or the Black Cat learning something in Hollywood/ the film industry is wrong or theres a dark force and only those who truly are linked to the town whether good or bad can stop it. Just some food for thought.

Cary Comic said...

That'd make a great superhero flick in its own right, Cav. :-)

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