Characters I Love # 26: Captain Britain

Art by Alan Davis, the best Captain Britain artist ever!
Art by Alan Davis, the best Captain Britain artist ever!

Every so often, I focus on a character from adventure fiction (film, comics & prose) that I simply adore. This week we’re talking about: Captain Britain! I’ve always liked Brian Braddock, having first discovered him in an issue of Marvel Team-Up that was drawn by John Byrne. Since then, I’ve collected his entire Marvel UK run in the various magazines in which they appeared, read Excalibur (in all its various forms), followed Brian into MI-13 and beyond. I’ve always loved the British heroes and Brian’s flawed personality really appealed to me.

Injured during an attack on the Darkmoor Research Facility, Brian was visited by Merlyn and his daughter Roma, who offered a choice: choose either the he Amulet of Right or the Sword of Might. Considering himself to be no warrior and unsuited for the challenge, he rejects the Sword and chooses the Amulet. This choice transforms Brian Braddock into Captain Britain.

From there, Captain Britain quickly earned his own rogues gallery and became a legend in his own right. I still really dig the character and would love to see him given his own series again.

Along the way, his sister Betsy became Captain Britain for awhile before emerging from her brother’s shadow as Psylocke, one of the most popular X-Men in recent decades.

Captain Britain’s powers are innate but are greatly enhanced by his equipment, though this has varied over the years as different writers have interpreted things differently.

Here are a couple of other images of Captain Britain, showing off his various looks through the years:

This costume didn't last long but I liked it.
This costume didn’t last long but I liked it.
The original costume.
The original costume.

3 Comments on “Characters I Love # 26: Captain Britain

  1. I have to say that I thought the early Claremont/Trimpe weeklies were dreadful – pretty much as one would expect from a title that I’m guessing only existed to secure the copyright on the character name for Marvel. I never read the later issues of the weekly.
    Once Dave Thorpe, Paul Neary & then Alan Moore got hold of the character in Marvel UK’s Marvel Superheroes monthly, it fast became one of THE essential titles.

  2. I need to go back & read more of the older stuff – I’ve liked what I read of EXCALIBUR and have an almost-complete run of CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI:13, which was one of my favorite books at the time. I got really excited when Braddock joined the Secret Avengers team, but not long after the book got revamped into something completely different and they ditched that whole lineup.

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