Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crossover Cover: Codename: Action

A government agent teams with Operator 5, the Green Hornet and Kato, the Green Lama, the Spider, Daredevil (the Golden Age comic character published by Lev Gleason, not the Marvel superhero who debuted in 1964), Black Venus, and the American Crusader to battle a plot by the terrorist group Hexagon. At the end of the series, the agent dons the name and costume of Captain Action. This series does not fit with the continuity of the Captain Action comics published by Moonstone, which are already connected to the CU via crossovers with the Phantom, the Green Hornet, and Honey West and Derek Flint. Additionally, the Spider’s look, as with his other incarnations in Dynamite’s titles, is based on the serial The Spider’s Web, rather than the fangs, hunchback, and fright wig described in the pulps.


  1. Does this series happen in the 30s/40s when the pulp and golden age comic characters debuted or in the 60s when the Captain Action figure came out? Either way it would be more evidence that this is an AU.

    I always liked the Golden Age Daredevil's costume. I'm pretty sure he was in the Hack/Slash superhero storyline so one can make an argument that he was in the CU. I agree with the not too many superheroes rule, but since he had no real superpowers I'm not really bothered by his inclusion. It can be hard to tell the difference between Batman like superheroes and characters like the Shadow.

    I liked the serial version of The Spider's costume, but I know I'm in the minority.

  2. It's set in the '60s, so you're right about that.

    I am including the Hack/Slash storyline in the main timeline, since with the exception of Fantomah all the heroes who appear either have no superpowers or very low-level ones. Of course, their adventures were probably still exaggerated somewhat.

  3. There was, of course, a Green Hornet in the 60s. The one who had Bruce Lee as a sidekick ;) Still, I'd say that in that universe the other heroes appeared later for whatever reason. I know Carl Kolchak appeared in the 19th Century in the Anno Dracula universe.

    I agree with you the Hack/Slash storyline.