ComiXology and Captain Action’s Action Packed Sweepstakes!
April 7, 2010

Vintage Collectibles and Merchandise offered to celebrate team-up!


New York, NY April 7, 2010: Captain Action Enterprises, LLC, ComiXology and Moonstone Books are proud to announce the “Action Packed Sweepstakes” celebrating the release of Phantom/Captain Action #1 with opportunities to win rare collectibles and signed comics. Fans have a chance to win collectible classics including:

  • vintage Captain Action-Phantom Action toys
  • a Sideshow Captain Action statue
  • Graphitti T-shirts
  • autographed copies of issue #1.

Fans can enter the sweepstakes at action/

Phantom/Captain Action #1, the first comic book starring heroes of the same name, written by Mike Bullock with art by Reno Marquis, hits shelves in April 2010. In this all-new adventure, a covert counter intelligence cartel, known as the Tatsu, capture Phantom. Diana Palmer-Walker, wife of the Phantom, must turn to Captain Action for help.   “We discover the young Captain Action has had a crush on Diana since his teenage years, so that makes for an interesting dynamic,” said writer Mike Bullock. 

The two-issue mini-series offers a variety of covers by artists Art Thibert, Mark Sparacio and Michael T. Gilbert, including a special “C2E2 Concussive Convention Exclusive” edition available at the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago.

This story continues the long history the two heroes share. The Phantom and Captain Action originally teamed up over four decades ago as part of the 1960s Ideal Captain Action toy line.  As the original super hero action figure, this well-loved line provided a litany of well-known costumes for kids to create their own Captain Action adventures.  Young fans could essentially transform their Captain Action figure into popular vigilantes such Batman, Spider-Man and The Phantom.  Captain Action partnered with The Phantom again in the 1990’s reprise by Playing Mantis and most recently with the Cast-A-Way 8” Mego Sized Captain Action Figures.


“When Ed Catto brought the idea to me, I was boggled that no one had ever done it before,” said series writer and long time Phantom scribe Mike Bullock. “These two characters have been intertwined since the ‘60s, so bringing their first comic book story to life has been a joy and an honor.”

As word of this pairing has leaked out, fans are abuzz. “This adventure has essentially been in the making by fans for over forty years. We’re glad we could make it ‘real’ by publishing it, at last!” said Moonstone Publisher Joe Gentile.

ComiXology’s John Roberts said, "We’re excited to partner again with Captain Action and to bring this cool promotion to our ComiXology readers.  Bringing Phantom and Captain Action together again side-by-side in this new series promises to be a real treat for all fans."


Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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