Whiz Comics (Pre-DC) -Captain Marvel Pt II 026-057 (ic) Jan 1942-Aug 1944
Hey Kids It's Billy Batson! No It's not Shazam!
It's Captain Marvel - Golden Age Edition. Having read no current versions of him I can't compare them but it's likely there have been significant changes, given the pattern with every character I do know about.
No no not THAT captain Marvel of that other big publisher, and the girl in the case is not Ms. Marvel either. This guy has a sister Mary Marvel. Then there's Captain Marvel Jr., and The Marvel Family. Even Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (I kid you not)
*Hoppy* .... the ..... *Marvel*.... ***Bunny***. No not a woman named bunny. Fur. Long ears. rabbit. species uncertain. I don't know. I don't want to know.
There is no issue one. There never was. Issue 002 the first published issue. This was not an error. These days publishers love sot start comics over at #001 to encourage the "1st issue - might be valuable someday" buyers. back then customers and store owners wanted to think a comic had some staying power. They shied away from #1. I'm not sure why #2 would be far enough along.
Whiz Comics are where Captain Marvel made his debut. Shortly He was also in Captain Marvel Adventures. Other Marvel Family titles followed This was Fawcett, not DC in these Days. Later Fawcett went out of business and DC bought up the rights to Captain Marvel and other properties. But they waited too long to pubish him again and by the tyme they did Marvel Comics had trade marked Captain Marvel and DC could not publish a comic with that title. Thus was born the name Shazam, which was simply what BIlly siad to be Captain marvel back in these days.
WWII was reflected on many covers in this period, as with most comics of the era. Apparently American pilots needed a little help with maps. Click here to see this cover
America's Pinup favorite! :lol:. My impression was it was Bettie Grable or Bettie Page. I'm positive the soldier's choice was more female than this.;). (is this the origin of he slang term "Bettie" for a pretty girl?Click here to see this cover
This is not the place to voice political opinions, but just an observation. Draw your own conclusions but something has changed. I'm trying to imagine the U.S. gov't trying to sell bonds to adults and even stamps (really low-priced bonds) to kids to raise funds for the "War on Terror" Iraq & Afghanistan. How may of even the minority supporters of the Iraq war here in the U.S. would dig into their pockets today for targeted war bonds? WWII was the last war that had this level of citizen support. Comics were full of these ads back then. Click here to see this cover
Spies and saboteurs were major enemies the heroes fought in those days. Click here to see this cover