CAPTAIN AIRSTRIP-ONE

Real Name: George Smith

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-744) presumptive human (possible Otherworld contribution to bloodline)

Occupation: Protector of Earth-744

Group Membership: [Captain Britain] Corps

Affiliations: Roma

Enemies: Unrevealed

Allies: Roma, Thought Police operative O'Brien

Known Relatives: None

Base of Operations: Earth-744

First Appearance: Daredevils#7 (July, 1983), reprinted in X-Men Archives Featuring Captain Britain#4 (October, 1995) - mentioned only; The Mighty World of Marvel#13 (June, 1984), reprinted in X-Men Archives Featuring Captain Britain#7 (January, 1996)

Powers/Abilities: Captain Airstrip-One possesses heightened strength proportionate to Brian Braddock, the Captain Britain of Earth-616. He also has the power of flight, as well as heightened senses.

History: (Mighty World of Marvel#13) - Following Merlin's apparent death, Captain Airstrip-One (as well as the rest of the Corps) attended his funeral. He congratulated Captain Britain of Earth-616 for his role in the defeat of Mad Jim Jaspers, who posed a multiversal threat, bowing and greeting him with "CapBrit! Doubleplusgood usmeet!"

(Excalibur I#43-47) - Captain Airstrip-One (along with other members of the Corps) acted as jury on the trail of Captain Britain, who had been perceived to be in violation of the Corps' morality code.

(Mad Dog#10, published by Oddmags) - Captain Airstrip-One began what appeared to be a standard patrol for him, starting at 13 o'clock. He first punished a married couple who were slow to rise out of bed, then administered electrical aversion therapy to a teenage boy watching a salacious music video. He eventually witnessed a parade in London's Victory Square (to honor an increase in the video game ration), greeting Thought Police member O'Brien on his arrival. O'Brien, in a philosophical mood, said to him, "The purpose of power is power! How could it be otherwise? Imagine a boot stamping into a human face forever!" Captain Airstrip-One interpreted this as a direct order, and commenced imagining a boot stamping into a human face ... forever. It is unknown whether this was effectively Captain Airstrip-One's final case.

(Excalibur II#1 - BTS) - Presumably, Captain Airstrip-One was among the members of the Captain Britain Corps that were slaughtered by Mastermind and the Warpies.

Comments: Created by Alan Moore and Alan Davis.

Alan Moore intended Captain Airstrip-One's Earth to be similar to that of the novel "1984", by George Orwell. Most of the dialog is in Newspeak, the degraded English spoken by the proles in that book. O'Brien's philosophical meanderings are paraphrased from Orwell's character O'Brien. The face of Big Brother in the Mad Dog story is that of Henry Spencer, protagonist of the David Lynch film "Eraserhead". Some of the propaganda posters surrounding the parade ground use slogans from David Bowie's song "Big Brother", off the album Diamond Dogs, released in 1974.

Thanks to Mike Berry for giving Captain Airstrip-One's correct first appearance.

His real name was revealed in the Corps' profile in OHotMU A-Z HC#2.

Profile by Michael Midnight

CLARIFICATIONS:
Captain Airstrip-One should not be confused with:

  • Brother Brit-Man of Earth-65, @ Excalibur#44
  • Captain Albion of Earth-523, @ Daredevils#6
  • Captain Angleterre of Earth-305, @ Mighty World of Marvel#13
  • Captain Britain of Earth-616, @ Captain Britain Weekly#1
  • Captain Britain of Earth-3913, @ Excalibur#44 (mentioned)
  • Captain Commonwealth of Earth-920, @ Daredevils#7 (mentioned), Mighty World of Marvel#13
  • Captain Empire of Earth-741, @ Mighty World of Marvel#13
  • Captain England of Earth-522, @ Daredevils#6
  • Captain Marshall of Earth-1193, @ Excalibur#12 (mentioned)
  • Captain UK of Earth-238, @ Marvel Super Heroes#388
  • Kaptain Briton of Earth-794, @ Mighty World of Marvel#13
  • Hauptmann Englande of Earth-579, @ Excalibur#9
  • Any of the other innumerable members of the Captain [Britain] Corps
  • Any of the other innumerable characters with 'Captain' in their names.

Appearances:
Daredevils#7 (July, 1983) - Alan Moore (writer), Alan Davis (artist), Bernie Jaye (editor)
Mighty World of Marvel#13 (June, 1984) - Alan Moore (writer), Alan Davis (artist), Chris Gill (editor)
Excalibur I#43-44 (November, 1991) - Alan Davis (writer/pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur I#45-47 (December, 1991 - February, 1992) - Alan Davis (writer/pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Excalibur II#1 (February, 2001) - Ben Raab (writer), Pablo Raimondi (pencils), Walden Wong (inks)
Non-Marvel:
Mad Dog#10 (1985) - Alan Moore (writer)


Last updated: 12/09/04

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