2. Can you describe the superhero’s background?
Captain Sweden is actually a normal guy. No flasy superpowers. The story is about two brothers, Jonas and Tony Mendez who grow up in Gothenburg, Swedens’ second largest city. Tony Mendez is a Skatepro nicknamed “Captain Sweden”. One day when the two brothers return to a skatepark they discover a gang beating up another guy. Tony, who is the older brother, interferes and gets stabbed by the gangleader. Later Tony dies from his injuries. Jonas grows up alone with his mother who goes into a deep depression and gets hospitalized. Jonas decides to become a masked protector for the city . He takes the name of Captain Sweden as a secret honour to his late brother. The costume embodies the name.
3. What or which are you inspirational source/sources?
4. Do you see, or should we see, any similarities with comic book characters such as ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’ and ‘DEADPOOL’?
With Captain America, the obvious inspiration is in the name “Captain+Country” and the concept of creating a superhero costume that has elements of a flag in it, but thats basically it. Captain Sweden took that name to honour his dead brother who was known as “Captain Sweden” to the Skatecommunity. Therefore he is not a patrionic character in that sense.For Captain Sweden Its a nickname not a military rank.
Captain America is a soldier, Captain Sweden is a civilan. Captain Sweden has no superpowers and is not controlled by the goverment or any organisation.He has more in common with, for example Batman than Captain America. Ive been asked about Deadpool before and I guess they mean the fully covered facemask but for me, my refrence was Spider-mans mask and the way swedish soccerfans paint their faces with the yellow cross and blue facepaint going to soccergames. I read alot of Liefelds Youngblood stuff in the 90´s but I wasnt aware of Deadpool until recent years when he became popular. Again with the superpowers, his healingpower and the fact that Deadpool kills his enemies I dont see many similarities between them as characters.
5. When can we read about ‘CAPTAIN SWEDEN’s adventures?
Early on I made a misstake an announced a Graphic Novel date that I couldnt hold so I wont do that again. Ive make everything myself from pencil artwork, inks, colouring and lettering so Its taken me a long time. Right now, I have a 10-pages coloured comicbook story finished and I would love to submit that to Swedish publisher. If that doesnt happen Im gonna go for selfpublishing maybe as a Kickstarter project.
6. What more adventures are there to come to ‘CAPTAIN SWEDEN’?
Well only the future will tell for sure but Im getting new ideas all the time. Iwe written an short synopis fo a Christmas story that also is an origin story for one of Captain Swedens enemies. A superhero is only as good as his villians so Im trying to come up with really great villains. To me, Batman has the best villains in Comics. The Joker, the riddler I mean, amazing characters. In the Captain Sweden Universe the characters dont really have superpowers but some have magical powers and things like Time or dimension portals is possible.The occult and supernatural events. So for instance there might be an elseworld story where Captain Sweden finds himself in ancient times.. The first story will be a origin intro and then cuts to many years later when he acts as Captain Sweden.
© Jörgen Berthage 2016