There’s plenty to do if you visit Scotland, perhaps you might tour the glens, sample some Scotch whiskey, munch on a piece of shortbread or even make time to engage in a life or death brawl with the Loch Ness Monster.
I don’t know if Captain Britain ever did the first three of those suggestions but he has certainly battled the Loch Ness Monster , let me tell you about it.
The action takes place in Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain issue 233 from July 1977, Larry Lieber was responsible for the plot, Jim Lawrence was the writer and Ron Wilson handled the art.
The story starts with the flashback below as Captain Britain fights Nessie.
After this we learn that Brian Braddock has come to Loch Ness armed with his new Sonar Scanner to see if the famous monster exists or not. However the innkeeper of where Brian and his friends are staying gets a mysterious telepathic message telling him to drug Brian so he can’t explore the loch. Surviving this assault by calling on the power of the Captain Britain amulet our hero witnesses his friends descend into the loch in a bathyscaphe only to be attacked, luckily he pulls the sphere to safety and then engages the beast in the loch which captures him before revealing itself to be an alien space-ship.
Luckily Captain Britain defeats the space ship’s owner and blows Nessie up which causes a maelstrom in the loch drowning the evil innkeeper. All involved are happy to walk away with their lives not noticing another Loch Ness monster watching them depart.
There is no doubt in my mind that this Captain Britain comic is heavily influenced by the 1975 Dr Who episode Terror of the Zygons which also involves alien Nessies and monsters at the bottom of the loch, but both are great and enjoyable in their own right. Overall this comic is another fine example of Marvel’s wacky seventies stories and if I had to pick a favorite part from these Scottish shenanigans then the bit where Nessie is revealed to be an alien space ship comes out top for me.
So there you have it Captain Britain vs The Loch Ness Monster, sort of !