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:

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.

Benjamin Franklin bio

Timeline for Declaration of Independence
via Google Images

Revolutionary War flags

1776 the Musical: The Film - IMDb

Quick bio of Thomas Jefferson

Abe Lincoln bio

Abraham Lincoln was the president that held together the union—by force

1918 Flu Epidemic timeline

PBS site re: 1918 Flu Epidemic

Flu Epidemic additional info

The Great Depression timeline

WWII History

General Patton bio

General Patton: A Soldier's Life by Stanley P. Hirshson

FDR biography

FDR and polio vaccine history

Famous speech by FDR also with MP3

FDR - Arsenal of Democracy speech on MP3

American Red Cross during WWII

Hitler bio

Short Hitler bio

D-Day timeline

Japanese-American internment in WWII

German-American internment in WWII

WWII color photos

WWII Archives

WWII Gestapo

Panzer tank photos/details

WWII timeline

Day by day WWII

List of images German History doc

Winston Churchill bio

Winston Churchill quotes

German Luftwaffe - details

The Holocaust

WWII cartoons
via Google Images

Crypto Museum page on the Enigma Cipher Machine

WWII in color - the V2 rocket

WWII in color - D-Day

WWII in color - Battle for Germany

WWII in color - Kamikaze

Rare WWII color footage

WWII in color - Hitler's Lair

Color WWII footage - London Blitz

Holocaust 9 minutes of recovered footage. Quick Holocaust timeline.

Holocaust survivor testimony

Holocaust survivors tell their tale. Powerful.

Music from the 1940s

Douglas MacArthur bio

WWII food rationing

Enlistment during WWII

Quotes from WWII

Post WWII History

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower bio

Statue of Liberty


Article about the black and white serials.

The Empty Mirror. A great narative film about how imagery was used by Hitler and the Riech.

Interview with Syd Field

Detail how to write a screenplay

Few words about Steven Spielberg

Few words about George Lucus

Comic Books

Wiki for Joe Simon

Joe Simon website

Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

Kirby Cap moments in comics

Illustrated biography of Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby Comic Art Community

Jack Kirby v. Marvel

Comic Wars. Fascinating read about what killed Marvel and brought it back...

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

Literature and Myth

Joeseph Campbell Foundation

Joseph Campbell biography

Thomas Paine

Brent Weeks gives writing advice

Writing Character Driven Fantasy. This guy has an interesting take.

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.

Ben, Rick & the folks at Runic Films


Don't miss them!!!
(That is, before you have to start over and read from the beginning!!)

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