Monday, July 18, 2011

Cap Reference Archive

Links. Books. Film. TV. Thoughts. Some influences and suggestions.

This section is an eclectic collection of links and suggestions for books and films. Some of them have to deal directly with Captain America while others deal with WWII, myths, screenwriting and a lot of influences that inspired the collective work that is Captain America! Redefining Modern Myth. It should be noted also that certain items have been included just to get the mental gears turning or for entertainment value.

For example, we didn't use this to inform our overall opinion but for entertainment purposes, check out Matt Salinger in the 1990 Captain America film. This is the IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103923/



Pre-WWII History

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. "As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent," he wrote James Madison,"it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles."
Quick George Washington bio from the official White House site.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington

Benjamin Franklin bio
http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/franklin.htm

Timeline for Declaration of Independence
via Google Images

Revolutionary War flags
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=&q=revoltionary+war+flag&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1000&bih=755

1776 the Musical: The Film - IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068156/

Quick bio of Thomas Jefferson
http://www.biography.com/articles/Thomas-Jefferson-9353715

Abe Lincoln bio
http://www.biography.com/articles/Abraham-Lincoln-9382540

Abraham Lincoln was the president that held together the union—by force
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/abrahamlincoln

1918 Flu Epidemic timeline
http://www.twoop.com/medicine/archives/2005/10/1918_spanish_flu.html

PBS site re: 1918 Flu Epidemic
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/influenza/

Flu Epidemic additional info
http://www.zkea.com/archives/archive02002.html

The Great Depression timeline
http://www.amatecon.com/gd/gdtimeline.html



WWII History

General Patton bio
http://www.historyinfilm.com/patton/bio.htm

General Patton: A Soldier's Life by Stanley P. Hirshson
http://books.google.com/books/about/General_Patton.html?id=a9CU0cUX3zQC

FDR biography
http://www.fdrheritage.org/fdrbio.htm

FDR and polio vaccine history
http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/fdr-girl

Famous speech by FDR also with MP3
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrpearlharbor.htm

FDR - Arsenal of Democracy speech on MP3
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrarsenalofdemocracy.html

American Red Cross during WWII
http://www.redcross.org/museum/history/ww2a.asp

Hitler bio
http://www.secondworldwar.co.uk/ahitler.html

Short Hitler bio
http://europeanhistory.about.com/od/hitleradolf/p/prhitler.htm

D-Day timeline
http://www.military.com/Content/MoreContent1/?file=dday_timeline

Japanese-American internment in WWII
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_internment_camp

German-American internment in WWII
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American_internment

WWII color photos
http://www.ww2incolor.com/

WWII Archives
http://wwiiarchives.net/servlet/nav/collection_policy

WWII Gestapo
http://anonymous-generaltopics.blogspot.com/2009/01/gestapo.html

Panzer tank photos/details
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007306

WWII timeline
http://www.worldwar2aces.com/panzer-tank/

Day by day WWII
http://worldwar2daybyday.blogspot.com/

List of images German History doc
http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/sub_imglist_s.cfm?s_sub_id=11&sub_id=162&section_id=14

Winston Churchill bio
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/PRchurchill.htm

Winston Churchill quotes
http://thinkexist.com/quotes/winston_churchill/

German Luftwaffe - details
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERluftwaffe.htm

The Holocaust
http://history1900s.about.com/od/holocaust/tp/holocaust.htm

WWII cartoons
via Google Images

Crypto Museum page on the Enigma Cipher Machine
http://www.cryptomuseum.com/crypto/enigma/

WWII in color - the V2 rocket
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjFTN-YdK_M

WWII in color - D-Day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvZCDfhoNxA

WWII in color - Battle for Germany
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vpOrZSkczA

WWII in color - Kamikaze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmyq2OJOVDw

Rare WWII color footage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVA11oDOl-8

WWII in color - Hitler's Lair
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9GymQr5_ZI

Color WWII footage - London Blitz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu0G1jjtReo

Holocaust 9 minutes of recovered footage. Quick Holocaust timeline.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaCdKwFcHnw

Holocaust survivor testimony
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgmG5Oyxptk

Holocaust survivors tell their tale. Powerful.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhDu_Y1sPiE&playnext=1&list=PLDB4EEE2E01DFE013

Music from the 1940s
http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/40smusic.html

Douglas MacArthur bio
http://www.biography.com/articles/Douglas-MacArthur-9390257

WWII food rationing
http://www.ameshistoricalsociety.org/exhibits/events/rationing.htm

Enlistment during WWII
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/spring/aad-ww2.html

Quotes from WWII
http://www.marksquotes.com/World-War-II/



Post WWII History

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower bio
http://www.military.com/Content/MoreContent1/?file=dday_leaders1

Statue of Liberty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty



Film

Article about the black and white serials.
http://www.conquerorword.com/cap_republic_serial.html

The Empty Mirror. A great narative film about how imagery was used by Hitler and the Riech.
http://www.emptymirror.com/

Interview with Syd Field
http://www.absolutewrite.com/screenwriting/syd_field.htm

Detail how to write a screenplay
http://www.screenwriting.info/

Few words about Steven Spielberg
http://www.talktalk.co.uk/entertainment/film/biography/artist/steven-spielberg/biography/119

Few words about George Lucus
http://www.biography.com/articles/George-Lucas-9388168



Comic Books

Wiki for Joe Simon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Simon

Joe Simon website
http://www.simoncomics.com/

Joe Simon: My Life in Comics
http://blog.newsok.com/nerdage/2011/07/01/captain-america-co-creator-joe-simon-tells-life-story-in-new-book/

Kirby Cap moments in comics
http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/02/15/jack-kirby-captain-america-awesome/

Illustrated biography of Jack Kirby
http://www.bpib.com/illustra2/kirby.htm

Jack Kirby Comic Art Community
http://www.comicartcommunity.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=55

Jack Kirby v. Marvel
http://www.thecomicarchive.com/archives/771

Comic Wars. Fascinating read about what killed Marvel and brought it back...
http://www.randomhouse.com/features/comicwars/timeline.html

Images for Captain America (lot of covers)
via Google images



Literature and Myth

Joeseph Campbell Foundation
http://www.jcf.org/new/index.php

Joseph Campbell biography
http://www.biography.com/articles/Joseph-Campbell-9236309

Thomas Paine
http://www.biography.com/articles/Thomas-Paine-9431951






Writing Character Driven Fantasy. This guy has an interesting take.
http://www.mythicscribes.com/interviews/writing-character-driven-fantasy/


There you have it! We have left plenty of things out. For example, Steve Rogers was interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers but by no means have we offered enough links exhausting the subject. Let us know what you think. If you have additional links, let us know and we may post them.

Some of our favorite links are for the found footage, much in black and white. It really brings the war up close and personal. The same can be said for the holocaust survivors' footage. You connect with this part of history unlike any other. WWII provided dark challenges and dramatic choices. There was no shortage of famous players who stepped in at the right time to prevent world destruction.

We hope this odd listing of links and suggestions goes a long way toward underscoring the importance of research when putting a character together for any reason. Captain America happened to be born in extraordinary times when change swept the entire globe. Most of what we looked for involved developing an idea we started with and using research to confirm and or augment it. Case in point, the 1918 Flu Epidemic which wiped out 20% of the world's total population. We wanted some huge cause to fit with the effect of developing the Super Soldier serum. This important historical event was one of the first triggers that developed the story of how Captain America came to be. Without the research, he be just a lucky, scrawny, sickly kid pulled out of an enlistment line...

Vist this Reference Archive as often as you like and feel free to send suggestions.

Thanks!
Ben, Rick & the folks at Runic Films




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