32 – CAPTAIN BRITAIN

8 Apr

Subject: Captain Britain
Real Name: Brian Braddock
Height: 6’6″ Weight: 257 lbs.
Group Affiliation: Excalibur
First Appearance: Captain Britain Weekly #1, October 1976

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 6/7
  • Fighting Ability: 4/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

Captain Britain is not a mutant. (His sister, Psylocke, aka sex on a stick, is. As the creation of Chris Claremont though, he was bound to merge with the X-Universe, and when Claremont was given the chance to create a new superhero team based in his native England, he brought the otherwise aimless Captain Britain on.

I had so little interest in Excalibur as a kid, and finally reading them as an adult, I could totally see why: the first issues were less concerned with the mutant continuity, and more with Claremont’s fascination with alternate universes. Incidentally, did you know that the concept of the numbered universes (in which the Earth of the mainstream Marvel Universe is designated Earth 616) came from Captain Britain!

The art is sufficient for an otherwise unremarkable (in the X-universe scheme) character, who’s all about being strong and can fly. Same for the Power Ratings, which are exactly the same as stalwart strong guys Colossus and Warpath (but not Strong Guy, who’s slightly less combat able).

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