IDW to publish Classic Captain Action Comic Series

The 60s series to be collected for the first time At their annual San Diego Comic-Con panel, Captain Action Enterprises announced plans for a collection of the classic comic series […]

The 60s series to be collected for the first time

At their annual San Diego Comic-Con panel, Captain Action Enterprises announced plans for a collection of the classic comic series to be published by IDW in 2020. Originally published by DC comics from October/November of 1968 to June/July of 1969, these Captain Action comics have always been held in high regard by both comics fans and toy collectors.

Although short-lived, high-profile creators contributed to this series including Wallace Wood, Gil Kane, Jim Shooter, Dick Giordano, Carmine Infantino and Irv Novick. In fact, this was the series where Jim Shooter received his first in-comic credit and where Gil Kane first took the creative reins as both writer and artist.

Comic writer Mark Waid, also longtime Captain Action fan and collector, will provide the introduction to the collection.

Plans call for the hardcover release with a myriad of Captain Action extras, including “lost art” from Silver Age artists Murphy Anderson, Kurt Schaffenberger and Chic Stone.

“It’s great to see this historically significant material getting the collected edition treatment at last,” said J.C. Vaughn, Vice-President of Publishing, Gemstone Publishing (the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. “The work of Jim Shooter, Wally Wood and Gil Kane makes this a project work checking out even for those who are not yet familiar with Captain Action.”

This series focused on the adventures of Captain Action, Action Boy, his pet panther, Khem and the insidious Dr. Evil.  Captain Action’s amphibious “super-car” the Silver Streak, was also prominently featured in the series. 

“We’ve got a lot of future projects percolating with Captain Action, but we’re especially thrilled to finally reprint these Silver Age classics,” said Michael Polis, Partner, Captain Action Enterprises.

More details, including pre-ordering and retailer information, will be made available soon.

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