Who's This? Remember when Nelvana hijacked Who's This? Well, it's Captain Canuck's turn! Because every nation deserves a superhero wrapped in its flag.
How you could have heard of him: IDW did come out with collections of some of this material, but fans might also check out the 5-episode animated web series, available here!
Example story: Captain Canuck #1, "Arctic Standoff" (1975) by Richard Comely with Dave Abbott
In the 70s, Canadian superheroes became obsessed with the concept of providing Canada with a national hero that would represent, in look, power and attitude, the country's characteristics and values. The Northern Light was the first, in the early 70s, followed by Captain Canuck and Captain Canada. John Byrne's Alpha Flight, with its similar design ethos, showed up in Uncanny X-Men at the end of the decade, and in the next, we had Northguard and his sidekick Fleur-de-Lys, in a politically more realistic Canada, but nevertheless attired in the country's regalia. Canada's homegrown heroes HAD to be recognizably Canadian; we were denied anything else. It's as if all American superheroes had to be Captain America.
Who else? I'm looking for issues of New Triumph where Northguard's adventures were published. Maybe one day I can talk about this seminal 1980s Canadian hero. Kickstarter just told me Brok Windsor's Golden Age collection has reached its goal, so he'll probably show up in these pages first.