Captain Canuck

Real Name: David Semple

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: RCMP Constable

Affiliations: Bluefox, Captain Canuck

Enemies: Mister Gold, Nemisar, Torchie, the Unholy Avengers

Known Relatives: Unidentified parents (living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Vancouver, Canada

First Appearance: Captain Canuck: Unholy War #1 (Comely Comics, October 2004)

Powers/Abilities: David is a trained gymnast and police officer.

History: David Semple grew up reading superhero comics, including his favorite, the original Captain Canuck (1975). Inspired to do good, David joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. However, while off duty one day and out of his jurisdiction, he witnessed the bombing of a police informant's home. The dying informant told David that gang leader Mister Gold was responsible. Gold was known as the leader of an outlaw motorcycle club known as the Unholy Avengers, but had faked his own death months earlier to elude the Vancouver City Police. Armed with the knowledge that the nefarious Gold was alive, Semple donned the mantle of his childhood hero, Captain Canuck.

Comments: Created by Riel Langlois, based on the original Captain Canuck created by Richard Comely and Ron Leishman.

The comic acknowledges that David Semple uses the incident as an excuse to become a superhero, simply because he has always wanted to be one (i.e. self-actualization rather than the typical revenge motive). The series was marketed with the tagline "What if a man became a superhero just because he knew he could?" It also ties together all three Captain Canuck series (rather nicely, imho), fitting them all into a single universe.

Thanks to Kyle Ogrodnik for information about this character.

Captain Canuck is one of the participants in War of the Independents.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.

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