Real Name: Fred MacRae
Identity/Class: Human mutate (pre-modern era)
Group Membership: None, though he briefly formed a crime-fighting duo with his wife, Sunshine
Affiliations: First Line (Black Fox/Robert William Paine, Effigy, Frank (see comments), Liberty Girl/Beverly, Major Mercury/Makkari, Kid Justice/Timothy "Tim" Carney, Nightingale, Oxbow, Pixie, Rebound, Yankee Clipper/Patrick "Pat" Carney), Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie), Thor Odinson, Venus (see comments)
Yellow Claw (Plan Chu), Fritz von Voltzmann (Karl
Known Relatives:Autumn MacRae (Sunshine, wife), T.Ruth MacRae (Gadfly, daughter, presumably deceased)
Aliases: "The utmost," "the king of cool," "the dad
of mad," "the Hipster" (nicknames used by himself);
"blasted hippie," "loose cannon" (nickname used by the Black Fox);
"Cap'n Hip," "Lanky" (nickname used by Pixie);
"Freddie" (nickname used by Sunshine)
Base of Operations: Chicago, Illinois;
formerly San Francisco, California
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 (July, 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Captain Hip possessed a measure
of super-speed and enhanced reflexes, allowing him to effortlessly dodge
multiple assailants. He could use his super-powered leg muscles to
trample and stomp on his enemies at blistering speeds, rendering a
normal man unconscious within seconds. He could leap several dozen feet
at once, or survive falls from several stories without injury. A fierce
believer in the ways of the hippie movement, Fred disliked all
established forms of government bureaucracy and authority figures,
particularly the Black Fox.
Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 146 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Brown (formerly blond)
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#5 - BTS) - In the late-1950s, Fred MacRae was among an undisclosed number of young people subjected to top secret CIA drug tests--the narcotics gave him super-speed, enhanced reflexes and stamina.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#5 - BTS) - By 1961, MacRae had mastered his powers and found a home for himself in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. There, he fought crime as the beatnik superhero the Hipster. For several weeks, the Hipster was investigating a gang of robbers that only seemed interested in electronics (they were secretly working for the Yellow Claw). Unbeknownst to the Hipster, the First Line's Black Fox was also in San Francisco on the trail of the Claw.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#3) - As the Hipster was preventing another robbery by stomping on the thieves, he was about to be shot in the back--luckily, the Eternal Pixie saved him by using her transmutative powers to turn the robber's trigger hand to stone. She then went on to turn all the thieves to stone, only missing one (who managed to get away and rushed his way back to the Claw and his lackey von Voltzmann). Impressed with the Hipster's abilities, Pixie proposed a partnership, which startled the young beatnik, who told the "chickerina" he was strictly a solo act. Annoyed, Pixie flew off, leaving MacRae behind in amazement.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#3 - BTS) - Hipster waited for the petrified thieves to return to normal, taking the opportunity to question them thoroughly. However, they had very little useful information to offer as well, forcing him to continue his patrols while Black Fox observed him from a distance, grumbling to himself that the last thing his investigation needed was another loose cannon. The Fox decided to call in the First Line for backup. When the team arrived, the Fox led them to the Claw's hidden base in the Garment District. This soon led to an altercation between the First Line and the Claw's armored forces.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#3) - At the same time,
Hipster followed some of the Claw's accomplices back to the base and was
right on time to join the fight, much to the surprise of the Yankee
Clipper and the other heroes. Hipster handled himself well in the fight,
and was protected by the Clipper's force belt when the Claw decided to
detonate a hidden bomb to cover his escape. In the aftermath, Liberty
Girl offered him membership, but MacRae politely declined, claiming
clubs, lodges and cliques were, like, too squaresville.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#5 - BTS) - At some point during the mid-1960s, the Hipster met and fell in love with a light-manipulating woman named Autumn. After they got married, Fred changed his name from the Hipster to Captain Hip on her suggestion. Together, they formed the hippie crime-fighting duo known as Captain Hip and Sunshine. They immersed themselves in the counter-culture youth movement of the day.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#5 - BTS) <During the "Summer of Love"/1967> - Captain Hip and Sunshine realized something odd was happening with the young people attending a musical festival emceed by a woman calling herself Venus, the goddess of love. Unsure how to proceed, they contacted the First Line for backup. The team's leader Effigy agreed to work with Hip and Sunshine, despite the Black Fox's misgivings.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#5) - While the First Line waited around in their temporary headquarters and Effigy quietly infiltrated the backstage area, Hip, Sunshine and Pixie attended the festival. There, Fred was shocked when his wife was swayed by the mind-control powers of Venus and the old Nazi villain Rumor (whose abilities only worked on kids and managed to affect Autumn's unborn child). Frantic to get his wife back, Captain Hip confronted Sunshine and tried to talk some sense into her. However, she had no idea who he was and then proceeded to use her hypnotic light powers to sway him to Rumor's side as well (see comments). Captain Hip and Sunshine then fronted a small army of teen concert-goers who rampaged through the streets, determined to topple the local government. The First Line, joined by the Asgardian thunder-god Thor, tried to stop the revolt, with the Black Fox using knock-out gas to control the crowds--this angered MacRae who called the Fox a fascist pig whose next step would be ovens. When Sunshine tried to use her powers to bring the Black Fox to their side, the vigilante managed to knock her out before he succumbed to her sway. Watching his wife get assaulted made Hip furious, and he launched himself at the disoriented Fox, who was saved from the speedster's flurry of punches by a bolt of lightning summoned by Thor. While the First Line continued their struggle against Rumor's youth revolt, Hip recovered from the electric shock of Thor's thunderbolt. When he went to check on Sunshine, he was pleased to learn she had regained control of her mind again. Hip had to wonder how Rumor had affected her with his abilities and was shocked when his wife revealed she was pregnant. In the aftermath of the fight, after Effigy and the Black Fox had taken down Rumor, the First Line member Frank wondered if Hip and Sunshine would be interested in joining the team. They both declined and stated that given Sunshine's pregnancy, they considered retiring from active super-heroics.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 - (fb) - BTS) - When their daughter was born, Fred and Autumn officially named her Truth. For the first few years, the young family led a relatively quiet life in a suburb on Chicago's northside even though they would on occasion use their abilities to fight crime. Bringing up Truth was their primary concern, however, and Fred and Autumn made sure their baby was raised in the hippie tradition, with Truth calling them by their first names by age two.(Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 - BTS) - Around 1972, Captain Hip was injured during a fight with the Purple Gang, a band of criminals he insisted on tackling alone. The encounter left him wheelchair bound with a broken right leg. To cheer her husband up, Autumn arranged tickets for a Grateful Dead concert for the three of them.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
It only makes sense there would be some
beatnik-turned-hippie superheroes during the 1960s. In the actual Sixties,
Marvel never got around to creating even a single one... Which is
understandable if you consider Stan and Jack were already married men
with kids by the time they collaborated on 1961's Fantastic
Four I#1. Doctor Strange, living in hip and happening Greenwich
Village, became the closest Marvel got to an actual hero for the
psychedelic era. According to Stan Lee's secretary "Fabulous" Flo
Steinberg, fans of the book regularly wrote in, wondering what Steve
Ditko was smoking to dream up the groovy, far out dimensions Strange
The notion that the CIA tested experimental drugs on America's youth to see if they developed enhanced abilities is an interesting one that should have resulted in more super powered operatives in either the days of the Lost Generation or the modern era.
Captain Hip/Hipster was a fun character
who showed a lot of promise. Based on his powers, he was the Quicksilver
of his day, but unlike Pietro Maximoff, Fred was mostly laid-back and
easy to get along with, in spite of the fact his powers enhanced his
overall speed and reflexes--he mostly preferred to enjoy the bliss of
family life over the rush of super-heroics. Captain Hip was not among
the ones the First Line enlisted to combat the imminent Skrull invasion,
a mission that ended in the extermination of Earth's pre-modern era
super-team. It's more than a little likely Fred and Autumn are still out
in Chicago, mourning the loss of their only child. (Or maybe he was
at the final battle with the Skrulls... maybe he later adopted a
costume and he was this
It's not clear whether Frank from
the First Line is definitely the Frankenstein
monster or not. The First Line and Frankenstein Monster profiles
in the OHotMU are contradictory in this regard, with the former saying
they are the same and the latter saying it is "unknown."
As the head-writer of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe at that time, I can tell you, the official policy is: Frank of the First Line is apparently either a Frankenstein monster (meaning a creature created in the manner of Victor Frankenstein's first creation) or just a being with a similar appearance and abilities who adopted the name Frank due to the notable similarities. However, it as yet remains unrevealed whether Frank is actually the original creation of Victor Frankenstein, aka "the Frankenstein monster". Previous entries referencing Frank as "Frankenstein monster" were unclear in specifying/clarifying this point.
Further, the Rumor profile in Thor:
Asgard's Avenger, erroneously notes the Venus who was involved with
Rumor to have been the siren. The Venus/Aphrodite/goddess profile in
her Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entry confirms this to
have been the goddess. The Rumor entry is in error.
Captain Hip and Sunshine would seem to be patterned
after the real-life 1960s pop music singing duo Sonny
& Cher: In issue #5, during the "Summer of Love"/1967, while
Hip was trying to free the Rumor-entranced Sunshine, he told her,
"C'mon... I got you, babe!"; but in response, Sunshine hit him with
her light-powers and said, "Now... I got you,
'babe'!"--one of Sonny & Cher's hit songs was 1965's "I
Got You Babe".--Ron Fredricks
Profile by Norvo.
Captain Hip should not be confused with
images: (without ads)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#5, p20, pan4 (main image)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#10, p13, pan2 (later years)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#3, p9 pan3 (as the Hipster)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#3, p23 pan2 (as the Hipster closeup)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#8, p5, pan2 (in wheelchair with broken leg)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#10 (May, 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#8 (July, 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#5 (October, 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation#3 (December, 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
First Posted: 03/15/2014
Last updated: 12/04/2019
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