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.SECRET ORIGINS OF CAPTAIN ACTION - PART 6 of 6
...AND EVIL THIS WAY COMES!

Just as it's hard to imagine Batman without the Joker, it's hard to imagine Captain Action without his fearsome arch-enemy, the most evil character ever created, the one and only DOCTOR EVIL! But in fact, the bad doctor actually wasn't around at the beginning of Cap's career.
Doc didn't show up until a full two years after Cap made his debut!

The original Dr. Evil figure (second issue package shown below, Doc shown right, surrounded by an eeeevil green glow) was first issued in 1968, as part of the second wave of Captain Action .uniforms and merchandise.

But who was Dr. Evil? Where did he come from? Why did he hate Captain Action so much? Cap's promotional materials told the story one way, and DC's Cap comic book told it another way.

In the Ideal ads, the thoroughly evil Dr. Evil masqueraded as Dr. Thorpe, and he was an invader from space bent on conquering the earth. In the DC comic book, he was Dr. Tracy, an earthman who was a relative of Capt. Action's who gets transformed by a ghastly cosmic process, and made not totally evil, but definitely evil-ish, and "something outside... and above humanity!"

Today, for the conclusion of our Secret Origins of Captain Action series, we'll take a very evil look at the most evil character ever created... DOCTOR EVIL!


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CAP AND ACTION BOY vs. DOCTOR EVIL!

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But who is... THE OTHER DR. EVIL?
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When Mike Myers created Austin Powers arch-nemesis' Dr. Evil -- the other Dr. Evil -- there's no evidence he knew the REAL Dr. Evil existed! Powers' foe was originally conceived of as a parody of James Bond villains in general, and Dr. No and Blofeld (both shown right) in particular.

Dr. Evil's gray Nehru Jacket jumpsuit is identical to the one worn by Dr. No in the 1962 film of the same name, and his appearance is modeled after bald Bond baddie Blofeld, who appeared in a record seven Bond flicks (portrayed by different actors).

Where did Austin's Doc Evil come from? Pretty standard stuff. Here's the Secret Origin of the OTHER Dr. Evil, as told by the other Dr. Evil himself in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), the first Austin Powers movie:
."The details of my life are quite inconsequential. Where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low-grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery.

My mother was a 15-year-old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he ‘invented the question mark.’ Sometimes, he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the .genius possess and the insane lament.

My childhood was typical: Summers in Rangoon... luge lessons... in the spring, we'd make meat helmets... When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds -- pretty standard, really."

In the third Austin Powers film, Goldmember (2002), Dr. Evil's real name was revealed to be Douglas "Dougie" Powers. Yes, it turns out the real reason Austin and the Doc look so similar is that Doc and Austin are long-lost brothers!

It seems they were separated as babies after a car explosion which their father thought only Austin survived. Douglas was raised by Belgians, which is what made him so evil, and he later attended Evil Medical School, which buy levitra online made him a doctor. Yeah baby!

The DR. EVIL of the DC COMIC BOOKS!
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Writer Jim Shooter left Captain Action after only two issues, leaving artist Gil Kane to do Cap's scripts as well as his artwork. A one-man show, Kane wrote, penciled and inked Cap #3, #4 and #5 (with Wally Wood inking ..#5). The origin of Dr. Evil ran as a two-parter in #3-4.

Gil Kane, a dignified, urbane and literate man, was fascinated with the works of Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), best known for Pygmalion (1913), the basis for the plot of the musical "My Fair Lady."

Kane had been reading Shaw during his run on Cap, and despite Dr. Evil’s unavoidably evil-sounding name, Kane attempted to make Dr. Evil a slightly sympathetic character, a “villain” in the grand Shaw tradition of not-totally-villainous villains.

“There are no villains," Shaw once wrote, "It is what men do at their be st, with good intentions, and what normal men and women find that they must and will do in spite of their intentions, that really concerns us... When it comes to the point, really bad men are just as rare as really good ones.”

According to Gil Kane, "George Bernard Shaw could debate both sides of an issue and he would rationalize it so that, in his plays, even the worst villain -- the munitions maker and so on -- had a perfectly reasonable point of view for what he did. I loved that, and put all that stuff in [Dr. Evil's] mouth."
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THE SECRET ORIGIN OF DOCTOR EVIL!
Below are the Dr. Evil sequences from "And Evil This Way Comes" (Cap #3) and "Evil At Dead World's End," (#4), the two-part Secret Origin of Dr. Evil. Both parts were written and drawn by the late Gil Kane! It begins with Dr. Stefan Tracy trying to prevent an earthquake by activating a machine of his own invention. Will it succeed?
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WOW! GUESS WHO WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD...

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ORIGINAL ART FROM CAP # 4

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DR. EVIL versus CAPTAIN ACTION in CAP # 4!
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A CLASSIC GIL KANE KNOCKOUT BLOW AND
DR. EVIL IS DOWN FOR THE COUNT!

THE END!
CREDITS / SOURCES

The information for this article was gathered from many sources, primarily from
Captain Action The Original Superhero Action Figure by Michael Eury
and also from
the Captain Action entry on Wikipedia.

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And so concludes our look at the amazing Thirteen-In-One Superhero Captain Action, his various identities, his sidekick Action Boy, and his arch-enemy Dr. Evil, the ONE and ONLY being who is without doubt the MOST EVIL creature that has ever existed since the beginning of time.

Of course, it goes without saying that no other character ever devised comes CLOSE to the overwhelmingly superior EVIL that is Dr. Evil. Yes, Dr. Evil is without all doubt... THE! MOST! EVIL! BEING! EVER! EVER EVER EVER! Without exception! And another thing...

OK, THAT'S IT!
THAT... IS... IT!
I'VE HAD IT!

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