Subliminally Yours – Part 6: Captain America: The First Avenger

While we’re on the subject of Captain America: The First Avenger, here’s another obscure reference that many people, comic book fans or not, may have missed.

When we first catch a glimpse inside The World Exposition of Tomorrow that Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes attend with their dates, one of the curiosities we see is appears to be a mannequin sealed inside a glass capsule topped with electrodes. The exhibit is billed as Dr. Phineas Horton Presents: The Synthetic Man.

Given what Phineas Horton and Howard Stark are capable of, I'm surprised that they didn't blow up half the building between them. :P

Given what Phineas Horton and Howard Stark are capable of, I’m surprised that they didn’t blow up half the building between them. 😛

This is, of course, a reference to Marvel Comics’ – or, more correctly said, their predecessor Timely Comics’ – first superhero, the android Jim Hammond, better known (rather inaccurately) as the original Human Torch and his creator, Professor Phineas T. Horton.

Fox News didn't invent sensationalism in the media, they just perfected it.

I’m pretty sure we’ve just witnessed the birth of Fox News.

The Human Torch’s appearance in the movie, however, is heavily based on his rendition in Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ classic miniseries Marvels.

This must be the adult equivalent of one of those science fair volcanoes.

This must be the adult equivalent of one of those science fair volcanoes.

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Responses to “Subliminally Yours – Part 6: Captain America: The First Avenger”

  1. awritershailmarypass Says:

    I tip my hat to you. I got the Zola reference once the frame was put up, but there is no way I would have gotten this obscure reference. Even my much more fanboy friend missed this one (although he knew who the heck Franklin Hall was in an episode of “Agents of SHIELD”).

  2. Lunar Archivist Says:

    Well, given the fact that I’ve abandoned DC and am slowly getting into Marvel, give me a few years and perhaps I can give both of you a run for your money in the trivia department. 😉

    My favorite Marvel character at the moment is still Cosmo. There’s
    something an intelligent dog in a Soviet-era canine spacesuit that telepathically “speaks” with a Russian accent I simply find refreshingly original and hilarious. 😀

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: