Captian America's History in the Media

With Marvel's The Avengers about to hit theaters, I'm going to take a look back at the Star Spangled Hero and his A'MERICAN! can do attitude through the years!

The Marvel Super Heroes (1966)

Cap's first foray into TV was, like several other notable Marvel characters, on this 1960s animated series - loosely animated that is. The Marvel Super Heroes is famous and infamous for taking actual comic book frames and very crudely animating them. Still, this was the only way the time to see some of Captain America's comic book adventures sorta/kinda/well-not-really come to life and it has its nostalgic charms – especially the theme song, which lets you know what happens "When Captain America throws his mighty shield."

Amazingly, 46 years later, this remains the only ongoing Captain America solo series to date.

Captain America The TV Movies (1970s)

This Steve Rogers (played by Reb Brown) was not from World War II, but rather a modern day ex-Marine who drives around California in his van and explains, "I've been coming down the coast slow and easy. You know, kicking back." But it turns out his father invented "The ultimate steroid" and Steve is transformed into Captain America – wearing a goofy costume, that included a motorcycle helmet. Even when Steve got a second costume that was far more in line with the comics, he still NEVER dropped that motorcycle helmet – and THAT STUPID semi-transparent shield. Well, this Captain America never really felt like Captain America, and has some very cheesy, very late-1970s TV vibes running through it… though hey, at least Cap got to fight Christopher Lee in the sequel!

Spider-Man / Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)

Cap made a few appearances in the two Spider-Man animated series that debuted nearly simultaneously in 1981. After having to suffer through the indignity of an episode of the solo Spider-Man series called "The Capture of Captain America," he would then return in the Amazing Friends episodes "7 Little Superheroes" (alongside a number of other guest stars, including Doctor Strange, Shana and Sub-Mariner) and "Pawns of the Kingpin."

Oddly, Cap doesn't appear in the episode of Amazing Friends featuring his arch-enemy the Red Skull as the primary villain - though the two did square off in the earlier Spider-Man solo series episode.

X-Men (1992)

While another version of Cap appeared in the alternate reality episode "One Man's Worth," the real Captain America was seen in 1990s X-Men animated series episode "Old Soldiers." Taking a page from the comic books, we learned that Wolverine and Cap had fought alongside each other during World War II, and Cap was seen in this episode only in the midst of flashback sequences.

One thing though: Why does Captain America wear Superman-style red tights over his pants here?

Spider-Man (1994)

While Captain America made several guest appearances on the popular 1990s Spider-Man animated series, his backstory – and more importantly his current status – was changed from the comic books. Here, Cap and The Red Skull both became trapped in a dimensional machine at the end of World War II, only to be freed in the midst of a Spider-Man storyline, thus making it clear Captain America has not been a modern day hero. Worse, Cap (and the Skull) keep being put back in that machine, at the end of the two major storylines he participates in on the show, including a version of Secret Wars.

Super Soldier Success

Fun fact: The Spider-Man incarnation of Captain America was voiced by David Hayter, who's best known in the voice acting world for his role as Solid Snake, while he also went on to have a hand in writing X-Men and X2, among other films.

America!!! and Mutants!

The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)

The first Avengers animated series didn't include the core three Avengers (Cap, Iron Man and Thor) as part of the regular cast, but Cap did guest star in one episode, "Command Decision." This episode featured the Masters of Evil and focused on Cap's history with Baron Zemo. Thankfully Cap was spared having to wear the goofy armor most of the the regular cast of characters on this series sported.

X-Men: Evolution (2000)

X-Men Evolution

Another decade, another X-Men cartoon, and once again, a flashback story involving Wolverine and Captain America fighting alongside each other during World War II. One new layer added to their history in this incarnation was that the two heroes teamed together on a mission that resulted in saving Magneto himself, Erik Lehnsherr, as a boy. Like the 90s Spider-Man series, X-Men: Evolution wasn't so kind to modern day Cap, who was held in a stasis chamber, due to side effects from the super solider formula.

The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)

These days, Captain America can be seen on two different animated series, with very different tones. The very young-skewing, purposely goofy Super Hero Squad Show takes a humorous look at the idea of Cap being from another era – he can't seem to shut up about things that occurred way back when.

Black Panther (2010)

Voiced by Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Captain America appeared in a World War II-era flashback on this short-lived animated series, where he faced off against a previous Black Panther, when Wakanda takes issue with his arrival and the war he brings with him. Wearing his original costume and shield, this was meant to be a very green version of Cap, who finds himself in over his head when he fights the Panther.The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

The other current Captain America TV incarnation is a regular part of the recent Avengers animated series, a much more true-to-the-comics version than the earlier Avengers show. As in classic Marvel lore, here the Avengers are the ones to find and rescue Cap, bringing him into the modern world. He retains much of his familiar comic book persona as a tough but fair man you most certainly want on your side in a fight….

So maybe the guy can finally get his own series again?

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)

Ultimate Spider-Man

We haven't met him yet, but Captain America is slated to appear on Disney XD's new Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. In the show's premiere, Spidey did imagine Cap and Iron Man (the latter of who has since made an appearance), at least giving us the idea of how Steve Rogers will be dressed when he does come to the show.

Now enjoy some Captain America Entertainment!

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Thor's History in the Media

With Marvel's The Avengers about to hit theaters, Lets take a look back of Thor, and his many appearances in TV and Movies.

The Marvel Super Heroes

Thor's first TV appearance came in 1966, in this animated series focused on a rotating cast of characters, including Iron Man, Captain America, Sub-Mariner and the Hulk. This "Animated Series" used comic book panels in poor manor.

Marvel Super-Heroes

At least directly adapted from the early Thor comic book stories, including villains like Loki, the Enchantress, Absorbing Man, Mister Hyde and the Destroyer.

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Spider-Man / Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

After taking time off in the '70s, Thor made his return to TV in the early '80s via appearances on two animated series focused on Spider-Man. The first was a cameo aimed at Marvel comic book fans in the 1981 solo Spider-Man animated series, where the guest starring Sub-Mariner rushes his injured cousin Namorita to a hospital where she is helped by none other than Thor's alter-ego, Dr. Donald Blake. Blake only has a couple of lines of dialogue, but Namorita praises "this handsome doctor."

Spider-Man

However, the God of Thunder would get a much bigger spotlight in the Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends episode, "Vengeance of Loki" (coincidentally also a Marvel Super Heroes Thor episode title). This episode saw Thor and the "Spider-Friends" teaming up against the god of thunder's evil brother Loki, who has managed to transform himself so that he appears to be Thor himself. Though the wackiest part of this story involved Iceman having a bizarre love story of sorts with a towering Frost Giant woman, here called "Ice Giants."

The Incredible Hulk Returns

The most famous and infamous of Thor's TV appearances and the only time for decades, until the Thor feature film and now The Avengers, that the character ever appeared in live action. The Incredible Hulk Returns was the first of three TV movie reunions for The Incredible Hulk TV series, starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno. While the Hulk TV show rarely had any other super-powered characters, much less any Marvel-specific characters, the TV movies were seen as potential launching pads for new Marvel-based shows, and Thor was chosen as the first character to get a big guest starring spotlight.

Return of the Incredible Hulk

The only trouble was, The Incredible Hulk Returns was pretty awful. It lacked any of the pathos and drama The Incredible Hulk series had in its best episodes, and its portrayal of Thor was incredibly off from the comics. Let's forgive the fact that, like the Hulk, he's far less powerful than the comics, given the fact that the budget simply wouldn't allow for him to do what he does in the comics. Played by Eric Allan Kramer, He's more Hercules than Thor with his crazy manly attitude!

Comic book alter ego Don Blake was used, but in a completely different manner from the source material, where Blake (here a decidedly dorky former student of David Banner's) can summon Thor before him, rather than turning into him – by holding Thor's hammer and yelling, "Odin!" Oh, and apparently Thor is dead, since we see his skeleton when Blake finds his hammer and he laments his dead friends at one point. He's also not the brightest guy, who upon being summoned immediately screams for a drink while ripping apart important scientific equipment (apparently believing it's a refrigerator?) while bellowing, "Is there nothing to drink in this alchemist's den?" But hey, if you've wanted to see a scene in which Thor goes to a biker/honkytonk bar and dances, drinks and arm wrestles to crappy music, this is the TV movie for you!

The story involves the requisite "two heroes initially fight, but then team up against a common foe" scenario, in which Thor and Hulk battle, and then pit their collective might against a generic group of criminals – albeit one that includes awesome character actor Charles Napier. The highlight, as it were, may be the campy display of Hulk and Thor both growling and yelling at a helicopter as it escapes from them. Though, in 1988, that aforementioned Hulk vs. Thor fight was all Marvel fans had ever gotten in terms of seeing two big Marvel characters battle, as sad as that was, so I guess that's a highlight too? Suffice to say, fans weren't clamoring for more of this version of Thor and there never was an ongoing series.

The Fantastic Four / The Incredible Hulk

While never getting his own series, Thor popped up a few times in the semi-connected world of the 1990s-era Marvel animated series, played each time by the suitably powerful voice of John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones/Lord of the Rings). Thor first guest starred on The Fantastic Four animated series, in a story that found him seeking out the FF for help against the threat of Ego, the Living Planet. The most amusing part of this story was Thing's frustration with Thor, which led to Ben Grimm gripping, "You mean I owe my life to the 'Fabio of the Fjords?!'" A couple of episodes later, Thor briefly returned, to help the Fantastic Four battle Galactus, along with Ghost Rider. The end of the episode found Thor going along with Reed Richards' questionable (though comic book based) plan to save Galactus from dying, So he Thor just strikes lightning at him to energize the World Eater, well, if it isn't broke don't try to fix it!

Fantastic Four

The Rhys-Davies incarnation of Thor would also appear on an episode of the 1990s Incredible Hulk animated series. Thor did his best to befriend Hulk, who just wasn't having it, leading to a couple of tussles between the two. And while this animated series wasn't anything great, it certainly allowed for a bigger and better battle between the two than The Incredible Hulk Returns did.

Thor also made a very quick, silent cameo on an episode of X-Men, as one of three Marvel powerhouses (including Doctor Strange and The Watcher) who felt the dangerous presence of Phoenix, as her power built.

The Super Hero Squad Show

Back when Superhero Squad was on,this Thor was aimed at a decidedly young audience,and with purposely goofy versions of Marvel heroes. He's a bit of a cheapskate, and a braggart – sometimes coming off like the Thor version of The Tick. His adversaries, including Loki and Enchantress, remain intact, but the stakes are not exactly that high, nor are they meant to be.

The Super Hero Squad Show episode "Oh Brother!"

Though the most amusing part of this Thor's depiction may be the reveal that he was in a band in high school (yes, this Thor went to high school), as you can see around 3:45 into the clip below…

Thor's costume has actually been changed for Season 2 of the series, going from his more classic duds to a suit that looks more like his current comic book suit, which not so coincidentally also resembles the Thor movie costume.

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Thor's current TV gig is a far more straight-forward version, played much more seriously than The Super Hero Squad Show. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is the first ongoing series to focus on the core, A-list Avengers, adapting many stories from the comics – unlike the late 90s Avengers: United They Stand series, which Thor never had a chance to show up in.

This is the classic Thor, and probably the first time he's been portrayed as powerfully as he should, which means DON'T EFF WITH THOR! or Jane Foster

Check out Thor in action from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes below.

Thor, If you find him annoying or bad ass, hes a Avenger, and you will see him in Marvel's The Avengers!

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Young Justice Invasion "New Trailer & Preview" and New Images

Saturday was the Season Finale of Young Justice, This week is the season premiere of Young Justice Invasion, and here is what your going to see this Saturday, only on Cartoon Networks DC Nation.

Wonder Girl
Bumble Bee
Barbara as Batgirl
Wonder Girl and Miss Martian
All New Robin
Beast Boy
Blue Beetle
Lagoon Boy and Wonder Girl
Lobo the Main man
Blue Beetle

UPDATE

All New Character Designs
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The Summer's Biggest Movies (2012 Edition)

The Summer Movie season has started, and with the Avengers is JUST AROUND THE CORNER!, I'm gonna take a look at the movies coming out.

The Avengers

The Avengers have Assembled

Okay I'm gonna start off with the big one, The Avengers! Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Black widow, Hawkeye, Loki, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and Agent Coulson are together in one movie, and people thought it was impossible. Since 2008, We have been waiting for this film to come out, and now its almost here! With Downey, Evans, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Johannson, Jackson and Hiddlston,Plus directing from Joss Whedon, Its gonna be a spectacular. Am I going to see this movie on opening day.... yes with out a doubt.

Battleship

Okay I have a problem with this movie, where are the Battleships. Okay, okay, The ships are now alien battleships but come on! Starring Gambit aka John Carter aka Taylor Kitsch, Eric Northman aka Alexander Skarsgard, Liam Freakin' Neisen, Rhianna, Brooklyn Decker..... Hold on... Rhianna and Brooklyn Decker, well, this movie has star power! Does it look like Tranformers without the Transformers, yes, will it make millions, probably, is there any hope for it? Directed by Peter Berg, you know Hancock.... there you go.

Men in Black 3

Nearly ten years since the last movie was released, and MIB are back in action! J and K are back, well K gets in some time travel trouble and we get the younger Josh Brolin K (which I have to say, he does a great impression of Tommy Lee Jones). Well its nice to see that the sequel is finally being released!

Snow White and the Huntsman

Forget about "Mirror Mirror" this look likes the better live action adaptation of the Snow White tale. starring Bella Swan aka Kristen Stewart, Thor himself Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron. The action packed visual look of the film is impressive and I hope it proves that Kristen Stewart is more of a plot device to a sparkly vampire.

Prometheus

Ridley Scott's Prequel to the Alien Franchise? I don't know It probably is, but it has Magneto aka Michael Fasbannder as a blonde, and Charlize Theron.

Jack the Giant Killer

Bryan Singer's take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk tale has Jack... killing Giants... That must be it!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Directed by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, the story about Abraham Lincoln.... SLAYING VAMPIRES! How will this not be awesome! Move over Blade here comes Lincoln and his awesome Ax swinging skills!

Brave

I'm a big Pixar fan, and they always mange to make me love their movies (even Cars 2), so their next feature has a female lead and co-director. This Scottish warrior tale should be another hit for Pixar's series.

GI Joe: Retaliation

The sequel to the... hit? Well we get Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson to join Channing Tatum as Real American Heroes. Hail Cobraaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

The Amazing Spider-Man

Can you believe its been 10 years since the first Spider-Man. Do you feel old now? Well we got the reboot to franchise with direction of Marc Webb (snicker) and starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. I'm going to watch this movie in theaters because I love the Web-Slinger.

Ted

From Seth McFarlene comes Ted the story of a talking Teddy Bear with the voice of Peter Griffin, also Meg looks like her true self, Mila Kunis, so that's a bonus

Bourne Legacy

The Fourth.... probably Final Bourne Movie. This time without Jason Bourne, but with Jeremy Renner, and Rachel Wiez, and Edward Notorn as the villian... So Hawkeye versus Bruce Banner.

Total Recall

The sc- fi that made Arnold go through to much crazy mutant martian crap, but this time with my mom's favorite leprechaun, Collin Farrel. Takinig place only on EARTH, no Mars, just Earth, but it looks super futuristic. With Collin, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Beil, the movie is full of Beautiful things.. but no Martian three boobs or crazy martian atmosphere reactions.

The Expendables 2

The manly summer film coming from Sylvester Stallone (well not this time), directed by Simon West, This film has nearly every action star.. over 40, like the legendary Chuck Norris, and Arnold making a comeback in the PG-13 sequel.

finally...

The Dark Knight Rises

The only film that could topple The Avengers, and its the biggest film this year, probably. The Final Nolan Film with Batman facing Bane and his army of Assassins who like to chant "Nolan Nolan Chris Chris Nolan Nolan". Prepare for the end and as the fire rises!

and there you go, the big and note worthy films that are gonna be talked about, What will be the film or films you are anticipating on? The other films I didn't metion can be on here too. Also, What will be the biggest film this summer?

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Who is your favorite Martian?

Since 'John Carter" has been released, Lets look at the many Famous Martians throughout the media.

H.G Wells Martians

The 2005 Movie Tripods

The aliens that feared the masses back in 1930s, H.G Wells classic

The Basoon

Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris

The Martians that started it all, The Basoon (That's what she calls themselves) are the warrior race that are 7 foot tall and have four arms, and they're green, but like the DC verse (maybe that's where DC got the idea), there are the White Martians, who are Caucasian white, not monster white martians. they look like Lynn Collins and Mark Strong.

Martian Manhunter

The Man hunter from Mars that became the cookie eating Justice Leaguer we know and love.

Marvin the Martian

The lovable bootleg Roman Martian

Miss Martian

M'Gann M'orzz, The "Neice" of Martian Manhunter, the Young Justice member can either be super adorable, super hot, or super anoooying! i.e "Hello Megan", with Young Justice being my favorite show She has to be on this list.

That's all the cool Martians that I can think off, so who is your favorite martian race or character? Also I didn't forget about "Total Recall'

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