Monday, December 25, 2017

Captain Marvel's Christmas Comic Covers

From what I can see, there were only two Captain Marvel Christmas comic book covers and both of them were from the Captain Marvel Adventures series.

The first Christmas cover was Captain Marvel Adventures #19 which published on December 11, 1942.  This cover featured Cap, Mary Marvel and Santa Claus!  It featured the Christmas adventure, "The Phantom of the Department Store!"

The second Christmas cover was Captain Marvel Adventures #42 which published on November 24 1944.  It had a beautiful full cover portrait of Cap surrounded by a Christmas wreath and a note stating, "Season's Greetings" and signed by Captain Marvel himself!  This comic had the Christmas adventure "The Plot Against Christmas."

With Captain Marvel, I send you Seasons Greetings and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Captain Marvel Comic Covers Cross Over

I've discovered that there are at least two Captain Marvel comic covers that crossed over from the golden age of comics to the 1970's Shazam! comics!

The first example is Captain Marvel Adventures #45 (published March 14, 1945).  A similar cover appeared on Shazam! #4 (published April 17, 1973)!

The next example is Captain Marvel Adventures #119 (published February 2, 1951).  The similar cover was placed on Shazam! #5 (published June 19, 1973)!

All four covers were drawn by C. C. Beck!  As I come across any other cross over comic covers, I'll update this post!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Introducing the Red Crusher

The Red Crusher was a villain first introduced to us in the pages of Captain Marvel Adventures #139 (published October 3, 1952).  

The Red Crusher was a brutal commander of communist North Korean forces during the Korean War and was greatly feared!  He is described as having a "mind of scientific genius but a soul of blackest evil."  Not only did he have a great scientific mind, he also was a bulking brute with great physical power.

Captain Marvel faced off against the Red Crusher three times, and each time Cap soundly defeated the Crusher!  The first time Cap met Crusher was in CMA #139 where the Red Crusher used jet powered spike balls in an effort to defeat American and United Nation's forces in the Korean War.  

Then, in Captain Marvel Adventures #142 (January 2, 1953) the Red Crusher used a lightning gun that almost turned the tide of the war.  

Finally, in Captain Marvel Adventures #144 (March 4, 1953) the Red Crusher captures an American secret weapon that creates a blinding fog that halts the advance of the soldiers.  Captain Marvel destroys the Red Crusher's plane but the Red Crusher escapes by parachute landing safely among his own troops.  

While the Red Crusher only appeared in a few Captain Marvel comics, he has become one of my favorite villains.  He has the genius of Sivana and the bulking strength of IBAC, but those attributes do not make him mightier than the world's mightiest mortal - Captain Marvel!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2nd Year Anniversary of The World's Mightiest Mortal Blog!

Two years ago, on October 18, 2015, I wrote my first article for this Captain Marvel blog.  I never imagined that two years later I would have written 117 articles about the World's Mightiest Mortal!!

So on this two year anniversary of my blog, I want to say thank you for every person that has taken a moment to read it.  I know your time is precious, so I thank you for allowing me to take a few minutes of your day to tell you a little about Captain Marvel and his many adventures.

I sincerely hope this blog has informed you, entertained you, encouraged you, and inspired you. Thank you!! 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

If Captain Marvel Met the New 52 Billy Batson

What would happen if the golden age Captain Marvel met the Billy Batson and Captain Marvel (aka 'Shazam') of the New 52 (N52)?  That's something I've been thinking about and thought I'd write what I think would happen from that encounter!  (Let me make a disclaimer here!  While I'm not a big fan of N52 'Shazam' and Billy Batson, I know there are a lot of comic fans that like him.  This article has no intention of bashing any fan, whether it's fans of classic Cap or fans of the N52 version.)

New 52 Shazam trade paperback

The Billy Batson and Shazam/Captain Marvel of the New 52 as I encounter them in the pages of the Shazam trade paperback are quite different from their golden age counterparts.  N52 Billy is a brat.  He's rude and has an attitude!  The N52 Cap capitalizes on his heroics for cash.  Here are a few examples.

However, I must say that N52 Billy isn't all bad - he does stand up against bullies and N52 Cap is truly heroic at times.  But by the end of the story and from the few things I've seen of them in other comics, they are still a far cry from classic Captain Marvel and Billy Batson.

So now let's look at the answer to my question  -  how would golden age Captain Marvel handle N52 Billy Batson and Shazam?  I base my answer on how golden age Cap handled a similar character by the name of Roughneck Ryan in Captain Marvel Adventures #29.  

Roughneck Ryan has some similar traits as N52 Billy Batson and Shazam.  He's rude, has an attitude, and seems to have no endearing personality traits whatsoever.  He does all he can to disrupt the meetings of the Captain Marvel club, calling club members 'sissies', and he even seriously injures a club member by knocking down the club house.  Captain Marvel tells the club members to keep an eye out for Roughneck, but not for vengeance!  Cap believes that Roughneck can be made into a productive citizen.  Cap even tells the club members, "That's the Captain Marvel spirit!  Give a fellow a chance to do right!"  By the end of this story we find Captain Marvel doing all he can to give Roughneck Ryan a chance to do right and make things right with those he's wronged.

Cap's statement that the Captain Marvel spirit is to "give a fellow a second chance to do right" is exactly how I thing golden age Captain Marvel would handle an encounter with N52 Billy and Shazam.  He wouldn't punch them out of publication or harangue them with a moral diatribe.  He would make them own up to their wrongs and give them a chance to do right!  He would be in their corner to encourage them to be a better version of themselves.  Yes, golden age Captain Marvel would be the best friend and influence N52 Billy Batson and Shazam could ever hope to have! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Comic of the Week - Whiz Comics #140

The Captain Marvel comic of the week is Whiz Comics #140.  This comic contained the following stories:

"Captain Marvel Becomes President of the U. S. A.!"

Golden Arrow in "Dynamite Trail"

Lance O'Casey in "The Pearl Pirates"

Ibis the Invincible in "The Zombie Master"

This comic was published on October 5, 1951* with a cover date of December 1951.  

*Based on Mike's Amazing World of Comics

Monday, September 25, 2017

Captain Marvel's Magic Lightning Facts

I've discovered some amazing facts about the magic lightning that transforms Captain Marvel as I've been reading through his comics.  Here are the facts that I've discovered so far.

1)  Vulcan* creates and Zeus throws the magic lightning that transforms Billy Batson into Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel into Billy Batson.  (Captain Marvel Adventures #50, Whiz Comics #125, *Shazam #12)

2)  Hippolyta creates and throws the magic lightning that transforms Mary Batson into Mary Marvel and Mary Marvel into Mary Batson.  (Mary Marvel #1)

3)  If the magic lightning strikes someone other than Billy Batson, they will transform into Captain Marvel!  (Captain Marvel Adventures #73)

4)  There are several types of magic lightning bolts:

🗲A lightning bolt that only gives Shazam powers (Mary Marvel #28 Note: Uncle Marvel doesn't transform, he only receives power!)

🗲A lightning bolt that is extra powerful (Mary Marvel #1)

🗲A lightning bolt that transforms Billy into Captain Marvel and gives him Shazam powers (Captain Marvel Adventures #50)

🗲A lightning bolt that gives no powers but transforms Captain Marvel into Billy Batson (Captain Marvel Adventures #50)

These are the facts on the magic lightning according to Captain Marvel comics!