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Valiant Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – N

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Captain N

It is amazing how much great talent worked on the Captain N comic book.

Ross Andru? Bob Layton? Joe Rubenstein?

There is a pin-up in one of the issues by a Joe Q. That’s got to be early Quesada, right?

This book was a bit of a more serious version of the cartoon series of the late 80s, and it was kinda cool, in the whole “so lame it is cool” level of cool.

And I think it is notable to show where Valiant came from!!

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Somehow I could imagine a manga style revamp of this title, with the supporting cast looking and acting a bit more like the original video game counterparts. How cool would it be to your avergage kid to have a strange Nintendo inspired multiverse where Castlevania, Mega Man, or Metroid could pop up at anytime. Throw in the occasional appearance of Mario, Donkey Kong, Star Fox or Pokemon too. Mix and serve.

The Nintendo Comics System was the only Valiant comics I ever remember seeing. I was wondering when they were gonna show up.

thekamisama – I like that idea. A great deal.

The cover to issue 5 certainly looks like early Quesada.

These comics sat on the bottom shelf of my local EB Games, beat up like ROM the Space Knights fromt he quarter bin. I think they were anhtology stories, so instead of one comic you didn’t want to read, you got three or four!

Too bad Valiant didn’t learn their lesson not to mix video games in with their comics!

Never read the comics, but the TV show was one of my favorites as a kid.

You can definitely see the Valiant “look” on those covers. I know they tried to run ads against the accusations of their “house style”, but it’s plastered all over their early work, including this stuff.

I wouldn’t really say it was more serious, so much as most people really hated what the cartoon did with Simon Belmont and the Castlevania franchise.

Everything related to Castevania was played for comic relief, I guess because a real vampire hunter fighting Dracula was too scary for Saturday Morning. However, Saturday Morning comic relief was always horrible even when you were a kid, so any episode with a lot of Simon or Castlevania ended up being really annoying on top of having nothing to do with the NES games to a positively aggravating degree.

Samus Aran took herself really, really seriously in the comics. (This is by itself is kind of silly since the comic kept the silly Mother Brain design the cartoon used.) But it also meant she wasn’t cracking lame jokes every other panel, and it also meant there was a woman hanging around the book whose job wasn’t “get captured a lot.”

A definite improvement, even if it doesn’t make Captain N any less ridiculous at heart! :D

Well, my mind is blown.

I’ve read that one with “The Real Captain N.” He has a bigger Zapper and a bigger control pad, but Kevin proves he’s just an impostor by knowing more about the minutia of video games.

Being 8 years old at the time, I did not quite get the subtext there.

Somehow I could imagine a manga style revamp of this title, with the supporting cast looking and acting a bit more like the original video game counterparts. How cool would it be to your avergage kid to have a strange Nintendo inspired multiverse where Castlevania, Mega Man, or Metroid could pop up at anytime. Throw in the occasional appearance of Mario, Donkey Kong, Star Fox or Pokemon too. Mix and serve.

There’s a decent fan-written sequel webcomic called Captain SNES (located at http://www.captainsnes.com). Be aware that it is a sprite webcomic, it’s got something of a “darker, more edgier” plot (although Eggplant Wizard and King Hippo are still the same as in the cartoon), and that it’s updating schedule is more sporadic than Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men. But given all that, it’s fairly interesting.

(Among other things, there are periodic side features. For example, he did about 20 issues discussing the various Captain N characters. There’s also an amusing bit involving Captain Atari.)

Captain N The TV Show also had appearances by Link and Zelda of Legend Of Zelda fame, but I must admit to prefering the Zelda in the Legend of Zelda cartoons.

I don’t know if it was a Valiant book, but one of my students had an old copy of a Super Mario Bros. comic that had some really great art in it. I was actually stunned by how much personality the art had. I thought it would look awful and rushed, but it was really nicely done. Very colorful and had quite a lot of cute touches that leant it character.

I love the way they made Mother Brain from Metroid look on those covers. It’s more horrifying than the “real” thing!

Were those Super Mario Bros. comics the ones that ran in Nintendo Power? Those, I recall, were done by manga great Shotaro Ishinomori, and had art that was really quite excellent.

I just looked and found the SMB comics I was recalling. They were part of the same Nintendo Comics System, published by Valiant, as Captain N. More info and some scans can be found here: http://trsrockin.com/ncs.html

Please tell me that the awful gameboy character from the second series of the cartoon doesn’t show up in any of the comics?

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