Hey Kids, Comics! #15 – Marvel’s Great White North

“I just wanted you to know that I think you are the greatest American actor..”
“Actually I’m Canadian.”
“I want you to know that you are the greatest Canadian actor..”
“There aren’t that many of us.”

– Robert and William Shatner (Free Enterprise)

Apart from 1982’s Contest of Champions the Marvel Universe was largely devoid of super-heroes outside of the United States.  Granted Captain Britain had been around since 1976 and Union Jack ran around with the Invaders in World War II, but most of the rest of the world seemed to be without meta-human champions.  That is until Chris Claremont and John Byrne brought Canada’s premiere super-team to the fore. 

Our neighbor to the north seems to have fielded the greatest volume of heroes from mutants to sorcerers to users of high-tech gizmos of any other country before or since.  And like all things Canadian (or so we are meant to perceive) it was a government funded operation!  In this unique issue of Hey Kids, Comics! Andrew indulges Cole with a show devoted to a single comic book and its characters and history.  Alpha Flight has a history that meshes with that of the X-Men and continues to build to this day.

So join us as we make our way due north to explore Alpha Flight in depth!  And as an added bonus, there is little to nothing in the way of Strange Brew references.