Did you know that Captain Canuck, a Canadian Superhero, was created by cartoonist Ron Leishman and artist/writer Richard Comely? The character first appeared in Captain Canuck #1 on July 1975.
Originally published on Friday, September 27, 2013
Did you know that superhero comics were illegal in Canada? In 1949, MP Davie Fulton spearheaded a campaign to outlaw any comic, “magazine, periodical or book” that depicted crimes. The law has still not been taken out of the Criminal Code which means that in 2013 Batman is still technically illegal.
163(7) Definition of “crime comic”
(7) In this section, “crime comic” means a magazine, periodical or
book that exclusively or substantially comprises matter depicting
(a) the commission of crimes, real or fictitious; or
(b) events connected with the commission of crimes, real or
fictitious, whether occurring before or after the commission of the
Originally published September 20th, 2013.
Fun Fact: Not many people know this but our favourite X-Men is Canadian. Logan (aka Wolverine) was born James Howlett in Alberta, Canada and spent a lot of his time in our great nation before joining up with the X-Men. Despite not being the first Canadian superhero in terms of publication history, he does hold that title in the Marvel Universe.
Did you know that comic book artist, writer and animator, Faith Erin Hicks, is a Canuck? Her comic strip, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, was in Halifax’s free paper, The Coast, before being collected in a colourful graphic novel by Dark Horse Comics in February of 2013. A year before that, she got her first graphic novel that she drew AND wrote herself published by First Second in February of 2012 (Friends With Boys). What a long way she’s come from Demonology 101 (her first webcomic).
Originally published in September 13, 2013.
Fun Fact: Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster but despite the Man of Steel being the symbol of America, one half of his creative team was Canadian! Joseph “Joe” Shuster was born in Toronto in July 10, 1914 and worked as a newspaper boy for the Toronto Daily Star (now the Toronto Star) before moving to Cleveland, Ohio.
Originally published September 6, 2013.
FUN FACT: Nelvana was the first Canadian national superhero created by Adrian Dingle. Debuting on August 1941, she became the first female superhero with feminist icon, Wonder Woman, trailing behind months later (January 1942).
Did you know that Jimmy Frise was a Canadian cartoonist who’s first comic strip, Life’s Little Comedies (later renamed Birdseye Center) was published in 1920? It was published at the Star Weekly (currently The Toronto Star) who maintained it’s rights over left it after Frise was swept up by the Montreal Standard in 1947. Frise created a new comic strip series at the Standard called Juniper Junction.