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Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure Paperback – December 16, 2002

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MICHAEL EURY has worn as many professional hats as Captain Action has masks, having worked as a comic book editor and author, public-relations spokesperson, singing-telegrams messenger, teacher, comedy actor, TV cameraman, band director, and jazz trombonist. Captain Action: The Original Super-Hero Action Figure is the first book he has written, although he's edited a few and read even more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: TwoMorrows Publishing (December 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893905179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893905177
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,621,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. h Grey on September 8, 2003
CAPTAIN ACTION IS THE BEST HOBBY BOOK EVER!!! Captain Action:The Original Super-Hero Action Figure by Michael Eury is a beautiful book about Captain Action, the action figure of the 1960s that could be transformed into a variety of superhero characters through the unique use of available costumes, like Superman, Spiderman, The Green Hornet, Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and the Lone Ranger. From spectacular front cover to spectacular back cover it's one of the best written, best photographed, and best researched books I've ever seen, and that doesn't just mean for hobby books, but of all the books I've ever read!
Michael Eury does it all with this book--he talks about his own experiences as a child when from the time he got his first Captain Action figure--with two left hands!--and then he goes through all sorts of details about the creation of Captain Action in the 1960s, the accessories, the stories behind the characters used for his costumes--like Superman, Batman, Flash Gordon, and all the rest, and the failed line of Super Queens, female action figures designed as a companion line for Captain Action--and well, there's really nothing like this I've ever seen before:a book where the writer covers everything!
But Michael Eury keeps right on going, to the Captain Action comic book of the 1960s, and into the future with the resurrection of a smaller Captain Action in the 1990s, to the customized versions of Captain Action suits by fans to create new characters never used by the manufacturers, like Green Lantern and Dr. Doom.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Michlig on February 11, 2003
Captain Action represented an enigma to me, as I have vague memories of Batman and Superman costumes in boxes high on store shelves but never knew what they were all about. It was only much later (as an adult) that I learned the odd - but irresistable - concept behind this strange plastic hero.
Michael Eury presents the story of Captain Action in an impeccably researched, illustration-packed book that presents the information collectors want ("silver shirt variations," etc.) without crowding out the intriguing tale detailing the toy's journey from toy shelves to comic pages (a short 5-issue run with art by Wally Wood and Gil Kane), then on to oblivion and back.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fans of pop culture.
- JOHN MICHLIG, author of IT CAME FROM BOB'S BASEMENT, GI JOE: THE COMPLETE STORY OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE MAN OF ACTION, and creator of THE GI JOE MASTERPIECE EDITION
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