So today I talk of the serial Captain America! We all know who he is right? He's the hero who stands for America and it's freedom! And we all know his secret identity as district attorney Grant Gardner!... wait, what?!
That's right for the 1944 Republic Serial they changed Captain Americas name and job, sure he still fights for America but now its in a way more to a cop or Batman. There is no Nazi menace for him to fight (even though there still was one in the real world!) he instead tries to catch a crime lord known as the Scarab who is killing scientists and stealing their inventions!
And why not? Who cares about the Nazi menace! We don't need him wasting his time with that! Go catch thugs! Way more important! Thugs might take over the world!... actually he might have some thing there!
One episode deals with a scientific invention known as the dynamic vibrator. So yeah you get to hear some old people talking about a vibrator with total straight faces!
So district attorney Grant Gardner sets out to stop the crime boss with the help of Captain America!
So he really just helps himself... or does he?
Here is how serials break down:
Cliffhanger from previous episode resolves hero survives
Hero gets upper hand on villain
Villain withdraws and thinks up new scheme
Villain gets upper hand on the hero with a cliffhanger end!
And in the Captain America serial Grant Gardner is Captain America for the cliff hangers.
Grant Gardner kicks ass and Captain America gets his ass handed to him!
As Grant Gardner he has a gun and shoots to kill as Captain America he usually forgoes the gun for his fists and often gets beat down or tied up!
Staying legit to the comic book Captain America drives a station waggon and carries a rifle.
So why then does Grant Gardner bother changing to Captain America? He's obviously more of a danger to criminals as himself then as Captain America! Does the costume strike fear into the criminals minds? Maybe, but a gun is more effective!
This serial shouldn't be called Captain America it should be called Grant Gardner district attorney who likes to dress up in tights occasionally!
Captain America falling down a big hole. The directors artistic representation of the serial?