You don't remember Capt. Storm. No one does.
But you love him. You just don't realize it yet.
During the heyday of DC's war comics line, DC did what they could to give an invididual schtick to each title, sometimes going to extreme lengths. Creature Commandos; G.I. Robot; the Unknown Soldier; the Haunted Tank. Want to make sure you never have a second date with someone? Spend the first one explaining the Haunted Tank.
Yet, those are remember fondly (or at least wrily) as cult classics. But poor Capt. Storm is not; he's the Aquaman of war comics.
But that's okay, because just as we love Aquaman, we love Captain Storm, and here's just a few reasons why.
1. Captain Storm is a sea captain with a wooden leg.
How many handicapped heroes are there in comics today? Not faux-cripples like Dr. Mid-Nite and Daredevil who although "blind" can see better than I do or Captain Marvel Junior and Osiris, whose powers remove their defects; I mean actual heroes with handicaps. Or, for the matter, just plain characters. The only one I can think of in any of the comics I read is Firestorm's dad. Oh, and Oracle. And Sarge Steel. And I guess Jason Bard, the Naked Detective. And poor color-blind Roy G. Bivolo. And Hooley, the forger. And Jericho, who's not deaf and dumb, but rather just mute and stupid.
Okay, so there's lots of them. But they don't have wooden legs.
Any way, Captain Storm is a PT boat commander in WWII, who loses his leg when his boat is attacked by a Killer Sub. Not a regular sub. A Killer Sub. It's always called a "Killer Sub". I supposed that's to distinguish it from Blue Subs, Humpback Subs, and Sperm Subs.
Rather than take a desk job, as his CO recommends, he struggles through physical rehabilitation to regain his PT command, with the help of Nurse Cruel-Lea Tauntsalot, administratrix of tough love and part-time dominatrix for hire.
Not only is he shown regaining him command, but he hangs out with other wounded servicemen and helps inspire them, while Nurse Tauntsalot keeps pushing their fruit cup just out of their reach.
I don't mind that today's comics employ rape, decapitation, and defenestration; what I mind is when they give up on inspiring readers. One of the reasons I still prefer comics to lots of other media is that comics aren't cynically embarrassed about praising heroic ideals and inspiring the audience. Please don't lose that aspect of comics, because I really don't want to have to watch sports movies and Lifetime specials for the rest of my life.
Captain Storm is inspiring. Bring back Captain Storm.
2. Captain Storm is romantically haunted by his past.
DC's not above cribbing from other literature. Captain Storm is intended as a modern-day (well ... WWII-era) Captain Ahab. He lost his leg to the Killer Sub, and he's haunted by the thought of destroying it the way it destroyed his men. This puts Captain Storm in good company with other characters from great literature. Captain Ahab. Deadman. Lady Cop. "I must find the X that did Y to me/my friends ... and make him/her/it pay!"
If Bob Rozakis were still at DC, we'd eventually learn in a letter column that Lady Cop is, in fact, the granddaughter of Captain Storm and Nurse Tauntsalot, and that the grandson of the commander of the Killer Sub turns out to be the Killer in Boots. Of course, that's all still possible, because while Bob Rozakis may not write for DC any more, Geoff Johns does, which means that Captain Storm probably fathered an illegitimate child with Liberty Belle, which explains Lady Cop's Olympic-level Ass-Kicking Abilities.
3. Captain Storm has pretty art.
None of that scratchy Easy Co. art for Capt. Storm. The seabattles are rich, colorful, and vibrant. No decadent, enervating surrealism here, folks.
Oh, and that battleship? Not only did it survive the battle, but Bob Rozakis tells me that after the war it was decommissioned, reconditioned, and sold as surplus to a world-travelling entrepeneur.
5. Captain Storm will beat sharks senseless with his wooden leg.
If you don't love that, then you might as well read Archie, folks.