The Captain Britain Blog wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As Christmas draws ever nearer it’s time to wind down and relax at the Captain Britain Blog, but not before one last post this year to spread some festive cheer.

Captain Britain Christmas

The blog will return early January 2015, but before I get to that and give you a sneaky peek at a new feature coming next year let’s look back at what the last twelve months have meant for Captain Britain.

I think 2014 was a good year for Captain Britain simply because he was thrust back into the public eye due to his appearance in the current Avengers event Time Runs Out. Which I covered here, here and speculated on here.

Also of interest was the Cap influenced Spider-UK in the latest Spider-Man story line, but it’s the bearded, on eyed Captain Britain in Avengers that has got folks talking.

Captain Britain New Avengers 30

Will this appearance culminate in a new Captain Britain comic in 2015? I’d love to see one and with Marvel releasing a vast amount of titles in 2014 it puzzles me that Cap wasn’t among them, perhaps Time Runs Out have an exclusive on using him until the event finishes ?

Cinema wise Cap seems to be no closer to a silver screen debut despite Chris Claremont coming out in his favour. Marvel have a tremendous amount of movies planned so surely Cap could guest star in one at least? Yet again just like the no-show of a Cap comic Marvel could be losing out big time if they don’t put Cap on film. I discussed here how there are really no hurdles to a Captain Britain film other than Marvel not being aware of the potential of such.

The only Cap certainty for 2015 is that this blog will continue its sideways look at Captain Britain and with the sites second anniversary coming in June I thought it was time to try a new feature idea. Click here for a look behind the scenes at what’s to come.

The idea is to build a review/index of all Captain Britain’s comic appearances in a format similar to the informative and very funny Dr Who Discontinuity guide. Similar reviews exist – some on this site – but this feature will be more organised with specific categories to hopefully inform and entertain Cap fans new and old. Let me know what you think in the page comments.

Captain Britain Christmas 2

Before I sign off it only remains for me to thank the following supporters of the blog.

The whole crew over at Avengers UK, for not only sharing my work on Facebook but also for creating some of the best written and drawn Captain Britain and Marvel fan fiction you will ever read. Go and have a look and then come back and tell me how impressed you were.

News reporter @Arbitrarygenius deserves special mention for her investigative work that bought to light the rudest piece of Captain Britain merchandise ever.

@Mothtwiceborn on Twitter has been a constant supporter of the blog and his retweets have been instrumental in driving the flow of viewers to the site from Twitter.

Abs who is not only the most frequent and constructive commentator, but also provided the scans and thus the idea for one of my favourite posts.

Last but by no means least thanks to you if you liked the site on Facebook, told a friend about the site, shared a post or a tweet or just read the blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read and come back for more in 2015.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the fans of the blog, I will be back early January 2015. OK I might be back sooner if any interesting Cap news appears, I mean I love Christmas but its only one day a year whereas Captain Britain is a three hundred and sixty-five day a year obsession!

Captain Britain Christmas 3

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A Captain Britain seasonal story, ” Should Auld Acquaintance.”

As Christmas gets ever closer I thought it would be interesting to look at a seasonal Captain Britain story, and a quick scan through my Captain Britain omnibus soon located the ideal festive frolic.

The tale in question is “Should Auld Acquaintance,” from Captain Britain issue 14 published in February 1986, Alan Davis handled the writing and art while Mark Farmer did the inks.

Captain Britain 14 Cover
Our Story opens on Christmas Eve as Captain Britain and Meggan relax in their lighthouse, however this being a comic book story nothing perfect lasts and their celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of their old nemesis Inspector Dai Thomas. Who was very lucky to make it judging by the weather.

Captain Britain 14 intro

Rather than cause trouble – despite his claiming to know Captain Britain’s secret identity – Thomas has come to ask for help, it seems there have been a series of grisly murders of criminals in Glasgow, 27 in all, all carried out at speed with terrible mutilation. Ah there’s nothing to give you that joyful festive tingle like a few brutal murders, please stick with the story it does cheer up – eventually.

Meanwhile Captain UK has just had her Christmas ruined by Roma who has told her that her presence on Captain Britain’s Earth is causing the birth of Warpies – deformed children with super powers. Captain UK must leave but she has nowhere to go as her home dimension and husband were destroyed by the Fury. Are you still not seeing the Christmas cheer? Please bear with me as this story gets darker before the happy ending comes.

Captain Britain 14 Roma and Captain UK

We move forward to Christmas Day and return to the lighthouse where at Thomas’ request Cap is pretending to be a mobster in the hope of luring the killer to him. His disguise leaves a lot to be desired, still you’ve got to love that hat. Luckily Meggan is a lot better at changing her appearance.

Captain Britain 14 Captain britain gangster

Meanwhile at Cap’s old ancestral seat of Braddock Manor also home to the Warpies and his sister Betsy, supercomputer Mastermind disguised as a butler named Jeeves – don’t ask it’s a long story – is concerned. It seems Emma, the Braddock’s faithful maid is terminally ill, and Jeeves wishes to make her limited time a happy one and secure a bright future for the Warpies that doesn’t involve government control. Incidentally Emma is famous for saving Cap from Mastermind totally by accident, you can see that story here.

Anyway back to the main plot Cap and Meggan arrive in Glasgow and proceed to smash-up the city and put fear into its underbelly in the hope of drawing the killer out.

Captain Britain 14 Captain britain karate chop

Back at Braddock Manor love is in the air for Betsy as despite her blindness her latent psychic powers are developing, and Jeeves has plans to take Emma away from it all while still safeguarding the Warpies.

The story then shifts to New Years Eve as Cap, Meggan and Thomas believing they have drawn enough attention to lure the killer go on a stake out. While they wait old grievances are aired and cleared.

Captain Britain 14 Captain britain and Thomas make up

This is a great page so well handled by Davis, a lot of mistakes between protagonists in comics are only solved by them beating the living hell out of each other. But not here, instead we have two rational people admit they made mistakes and become friends through this.

Things are also looking up for Captain UK who finds Roma has for once used her time and mind manipulation powers for good to reset continuity, so Captain UK is reunited with her husband. This is a nice move on the part of Roma who along with her father Merlin has been responsible for a lot of grief for anybody putting on a Captain Britain uniform.

Captain Britain 14 Captain Uk happy ending

Meanwhile at the stake out as midnight strikes the killer is revealed.That evil-looking face and slashing tentacles seem to me to be inspired by monsters from Japanese mythology, and as it attacks Davis leaves us in no doubt as to its powerful menace.

Captain Britain issue 14 fight

Luckily Cap saves the day with a well-timed punch.

Captain Britain 14 Captain britain punch out

And the story ends with a happy ending for all as…

Captain Britain issue 14 never the end

Captain UK and her husband bring justice to their dimension, Betsy’s in love, the Warpies are well cared for, Emma enjoys the rest of her life and Cap and Meggan get some well-earned rest.

That last panel leaves you with a warm glow doesn’t it, but just why is this story so continuity heavy and published late for the festive season it centers around?

Well this story was to be Captain Britain’s last book with him as the main star until he joined Excalibur a year later – and that was a mixed bag of adventures – knowing so Davis has tried his best to tie up a lot of loose ends; some of which had been hanging around since Alan Moore was on the book. A nice touch is that the stories title and the seasonal setting give more meaning to the plot, and as we move from an old to a new year the characters move nicely from an old to a new life. The positions our heroes find themselves in seem logical, and it is a tribute to Davis story that nothing feels out of character or convoluted.

As Davis pencils his own script the whole transition is lovingly rendered and his going solo as writer/artist is a foreshadowing of his excellent Excalibur run a few years later.

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What do you get a Captain Britain fan for Christmas?

As I type this Christmas is drawing ever closer and there are important decisions to be made, such as what do you get a Captain Britain fan for Xmas?

Well worry no more I’ve scanned the internet – well eBay – to bring you my top five gift ideas for the Cap fan in your life, so let’s get started.

First off why not start with a practical gift but also one that will let a Cap fan proudly show their allegiance to Marvel’s greatest hero – a t-shirt.

Official Captain Britain t shirt tattoos not included

This one doesn’t come with tattoos but the classic Alan Davis Cap pose looks great.

Captain Britain does the time warp t shirt

I’m not too sure about this one however, looks like Cap’s doing the time warp, let’s move quickly on.

How about some original Captain Britain art? This Herb Trimpe page from Captain Britain issue 21 is going for about two hundred pounds.

Herb Trimpe Captain Britain original artwork

It’s a nice scene as well with Captain Britain revealing his identity to his friends.

Too expensive? How about some giant but cheap Cap wall art.

Captain britain wall art

Twelve pounds could get you this  65″ x 24″ glossy heavy paper poster of Captain Britain, why you might choose to stick it over your bed is anyones guess, but it does look great.

Last but by no means least is the hugely desirable but quite expensive Walmart exclusive Captain Britain action figure.

Marvel Legends Captain Britain

The figure comes with an exclusive comic – actually an Excalibur reprint – and a piece of Giant Man’s leg; this beauty often goes for upwards of thirty pounds not including postage. Sure you can buy it cheaper out of the box but that’s not how I like my action figures, but I’m a fussy sort!

So what Captain Britain gifts do you want for Christmas? Let Santa know in the comments below.

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