Captain Action - The Animated Series
Source: Comics Continuum
Comics Continuum is reporting that a Captain Action animated series is currently in development. Click here to view the "sizzle reel" !
Originally created in 1966 by Ideal Toys as an action figure to tap into the GI Joe sales craze, the Captain had several outfits that you could change him into to become other heroes like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Aquaman, the Phantom, The Lone Ranger (and Tonto), Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Sgt. Fury, Steve Canyon, and the Green Hornet.
"Queer Eye For The Super Hero Guy" decades ahead of the Logo Channel hit show, apparently !
Eventually an Action Boy side-kick was also introduced.
In 1968, National Periodical Publications (now known as DC Comics). licensed the character from Ideal and published five issues of 'Captain Action' in 1968, illustrated by Wally Wood, then later by Gil Kane. The scripts were by Jim Shooter and Gil Kane. The comic book story line had little to do with the toy concept, as some of the heroes licensed for use as costumes for the Captain Action doll were not owned and published by DC (such as Spider-Man and Captain America), therefore the ability to change into different characters was entirely dropped. Instead, Captain Action came to possess magical coins, each of which provided him with a spectacular power from a Greek, Roman, or Norse mythological god (in a similar way to the original Captain Marvel). Captain Action was given a real name of his own, Clive Arno, and was identified as a widowed archaeologist and museum curator, and was described as having located "the coins of power" in a buried city. Action Boy's comic-book alter-ego was Carl Arno, son of Clive. Dr. Evil was given a back-story too, having been Captain Action's father-in-law, then going mad in a mishap.
In 2008 Moonstone began a new series and created a new back-story for the character. Captain Action was now Miles Drake, a former Marine who discovers a cache of alien weaponry during the Vietnam War. The weapons are connected to a race of alien parasites called the Red Crawl, who have been taking over world leaders in a bid to dominate the earth.