Monday, February 22, 2010

The Sentinel and the Spy




Season: 1
Episode Number: 2a
Season Episode Number: 2a
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Voices: Arthur Pierce (Captain America), Bernard Cowan (Bucky Barnes, Narrator), Paul Kligman (Red Skull), (Wolfgang), (Prisoner), (Guard), (Sergeant Duffy), (General).

Plot: A man with a vanishing gun sneaks on to American soil in order to defeat the US Army by making them disappear!

Review (Warning! Spoilers!): From the pages of Tales of Suspense #68, Stan Lee brings us a fantastic story with great art by Jack Kirby, which Grantray-Lawrence Animation has adapted to animation.

I thought this story was really good! It showcased Cap and Bucky as they both had their time to shine, plus the throwaway villain, named Wolfgang in the comic, is actually a threat to Cap. Sure, a modern Cap could take this guy down with his eyes closed, but this is 1966!

Plus, I love the name of the Red Skull's secret weapon - Project: Vanish! But shouldn't it be something in German?

Everything remains intact for this story, except the first few pages are left out (we'll see those in chapter three) and a new ending is added to bridge this chapter with chapter two.

A few other things that are left out of this episode are all of the swastikas that are seen in the comics. They are on the walls of the Red Skull's headquarters as well as prominently on his chest and armbands in the comics, but nowhere to be seen in this cartoon.

I understand the need to remove the Nazi references for a childrens cartoon, but you can still see the empty circles on the walls and the armbands where they used to be. They could have at least made it a bit less obvious, but money, and therefore time, was an issue for this studio.

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