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Captain Canuck and Nelvana: All-Canadian superheroes

It’s time to stop thinking “comedians” when you hear the words “Canada” and “comics.”

When it comes to updating a disco-era comic book character for an action-filled generation, you need to make some crucial changes.

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When it comes to updating a disco-era comic book character for an action-filled generation, you need to make some crucial changes.

Captain Canuck, the boy scout with superhuman strength, has been re-envisioned for a new generation. Gone is the Spandex, replaced with body armour – but still with that Canadian sense of humour.

How do you dress Captain Canuck? Not in tights, that’s for sure, says David Pea, president of UD Replicas. “There is a lot of ‘been there done that’ with spandex. They can be convincing and realistic but they can also look cheap,” he says.

Late last summer, Pea was approached to create a Captain Canuck suit. “In the cartoon, Canuck has big shoulders, no waist and a little head, and they had to figure out how to get all that to work on a real person without it looking silly,” says Pea. “It had to be done with human proportions.”

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Canadian superheroes are ready to save the world from coast to coast to coast, with superhuman strength, force fields, invisibility and more. Does one live near you?

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Nelvana’s first comic

While the first edition of Nelvana of the Northern Lights cost 15-cents in the 1940s, you can read it online for free. Find out how Nelvana regally descended to earth after being called by the mighty Chief Tadjo to defeat the evil Commander Toroff.

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