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Posted: Sat Jan 06, 2007 at 11:48:33 am EST (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Was Jack Knight a reincarnated Captain X?
Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 05:14:13 pm EST
> I remember reading somewhere that Jack was once Captain X in a previous life. I recently reread my Starman run, and beyond the few quick flashbacks of Cap X, I don't remember reading any connection between the two.
> Anyone clear this up for me?
Captain X is seen once during the Starman run, in a flashback during Grand Guignol where he fights alongside the Shade in London during WWII. It's the incident in which the Shade and Culp wind up fused, but there's no other connection made to the character in the series. However, Captain X was Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond)'s grandfather, slain by the Russian superman Stalnoivolk...in the modern era, during a period very likely after Jack Knight's birth. (Stalnoivolk, of course, was himself an analogue of the 1938-model Superman recast as a villain, much as "Iron" Munro is a heroic version of the same.)
Also of note is that the always-shadowed Nazi monster that the Shade and Captain X battle appears to be a mainstream DCU analogue of the Scarecrow from the Elseworlds series JLA: The Liberty Files. Presumably this was a hat tip from James Robinson to his original collaborator, Tony Harris, who worked on both series.
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