3 September 2013 7:05 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

So you thought Chris Evans was the first guy to bring Captain America to life onscreen? Then you're not giving proper credit to Dick Purcell, my friend. Superheroes on screen may feel like a modern phenomenon, and they're definitely more profitable now than they've ever been, but the first time a Marvel superhero was captured on film was way back in 1944, when Captain America starred in his own 15-chapter serial film-- and spent much more time standing in fancily appointed living rooms than the current version does, as you can see in the above photo. That image kicks off a photo gallery from The Guardian that runs down the history of Marvel superheroes on film, and points out the remarkable fact that it was a 40-year gap between that first film version of Cap and the next film based on a Marvel movie, Howard the Duck. A notorious flop, Howard »

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