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Our Very Own Captain Singapore?

While some of you might have noticed the little writeup on SDCC in Life! today (SDCC ended on Sunday), most of us waiting for the official opening day of Captain America: The First Avenger in Singapore would be more interested in the other geeky story featured: an imagining of our very own Captain Singapore. Placed right below the review for the movie, the article eye-catchingly features various artists’ ideas on how Captain Singapore would be like – his origin, his skillset and his look, and all mostly done in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

While locally created Salvation Sam or VR Man (or maybe even Mr Kiasu) might wish to claim the title of Captain Singapore, new heroes have come to the fore, and they’re worth checking out, all dressed in their crimson coloured finery. I somewhat hoped that Sonny Liew’s white clad taxi driver and Dave Chua’s civil servant would have had an artist’s impression of them, but they’re only described in words, so if anybody is willing to do it that’ll be really cool. Read on to see what the artists came up with!

Still! Here are the four suggestions of Captain Singapore complete with artist renditions:

First up and perhaps the most popular amongst our followers on twitter is Koh Hong Teng and Oh Yong Hwee’s rendition, one that tries to mix in a bit of local flavour by having an interracial clone that becomes a Monkey God-esque urban myth. Life! reporter and author of the article Nicholas Yong especially loved this for Geoff Darrow-esque art.

Andy Choo’s version features a Captain that has lived since WWII, tortured by the Japanese until they discovered he could breathe underwater. Used as a guinea pig in experiments to turn him Japanese, this Captain can shoot 5 pointed shuriken and toss a crescent boomerang – on top of being able to become any race. Looks like race is a huge issue here, given the first 2 heroes.

Next we have newly signed Marvel artist Benjamin Ang’s Sean Gan, or SG for short. An F1 driver injured in a crash, he gets healed by the stored energy from the crash and henceforth is able to generate powerful crescent scythes – which means crescent-shaped throwing implements seem to be an important part of any Captain Singapore’s arsenal. Benjamin Ang also suggested that Captain Singapore’s sidekick should be a domestic worker, or someone who can predict flash floods, and definitely gets some bonus points for that.

Finally Paul Eric Roca suggests a very Steve Rogers influenced Captain Singapore, complete with round shield and winged helm, and with a huge letter “S” on his forehead.

So what do you think? Who inspires you more? Or should we have Sonny Liew’s or Dave Chua’s version, complete with interracial abilities and crescent throwing weapons?


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  1. I had a thought where Captain Singapore should be either a nerdy kid or a gahmen worker stuck in the system (as his puny alter ego).

    Some supervillain could be Kiasu Mom/Auntie, infecting other moms into becoming crazy kiasu moms, and draining their kids of free time and free will! =p

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