Basing a comic book on a toy line seems like a no-brainer, given the successes of such franchises as The Micronauts, Masters of the Universe, G.I. Joe and Transformers. Back in 1968, however, launching such a title was a big risk, especially one starring a glorified Ken doll whose shtick was dressing up as various established super-heroes and adventure strip characters. The resulting series had no right being as awesome as DC's
#6. Captain Action #1-5
turned out to be.
Intelligently scripted by a teenaged Jim Shooter (#1-2) and Gil Kane (#3-5), beautifully illustrated by Wally Wood (#1), the team of Kane and Wood (#2-3 and 5) and by Kane solo (#4), the adventures of archaeologist Clive Arno and his son Carl a.k.a. Captain Action and Action Boy are among the very best of that era. The art alone is worth the price of admission but it is Kane's plotting and writing that is the revelation. This is one of his earliest scripting assignments and he knocks it out of the park.
I've had my run of Captain Action for decades so I don't now how pricey they are these days. But if you can afford to track them down, I urge you to do so. No fan of Silver Age super-heroes should be without this series.
I summon the Silver Streak!