Wednesday, 24 September 2014
"BLISTERIN' BARNACLES!" HURRICANES, MAGGOTS & MARINES...
CAPTAIN HERCULES HURRICANE was a Royal Marines
Commando who debuted in VALIANT #1 in 1962 and appeared right
through to the last issue in 1976. Accompanied by his batman MAGGOT
MALONE, he was almost the British equivalent of the United State's 'super
soldier' CAPTAIN AMERICA - but without the costume and written in a
more humorous vein. Whenever he lost his temper in a "ragin' fury", he
became imbued with an almost superhuman strength - much like
POPEYE when he downed his spinach.
This particular full-colour tale comes from the Valiant Annual for
1974 (issued near the end of '73) and is typical of the type of World War
II adventures in which Herc and Maggot became embroiled. CHARLES
ROYLANCE was the regular artist in the weekly comic and these pages
certainly look like his work, although I'm unsure if he also provided
the colour or it was done 'in-house'.
I should point out that, in the following strip, the Captain indulges
in a few racial insults that would be considered unacceptable nowadays.
However, without endorsing such language, the tale appears as originally
published and reflects not only the time in which it was written, but also
the period in which it was set; it shouldn't be regarded as representing
the general attitude of most Britons today.
Anyway, for all those who thrilled to his adventures as boys, here's
another chance to enjoy Captain Hurricane at his rip-snortin' best.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, September 24, 2014