Sunday, August 12, 2018

Comic of the Week - Whiz Comics #2

The Captain Marvel comic of the week is Whiz Comics #2!  This is the comic that launched the career of The World's Mightiest Mortal and gave us Billy Batson's background story and Captain Marvel's origin.  Whiz Comics #2 was published by Fawcett and went on sale December 1, 1939.* (DC made a great reprint of this comic which you can read about here.)

Whiz Comics #2 not only introduced readers to Captain Marvel, it also introduced them to new characters Ibis the Invincible, Golden Arrow, Lance O'Casey, Spy Smasher, Scoop Smith, and Dan Dare!

This comic featured the following stories:

Captain Marvel!

Ibis the Invincible

Golden Arrow

Spy Smasher

Scoop Smith

Lance O'Casey

Dan Dare

Think about it - what kid wouldn't love this comic?!?  It has a superhero, a mystical, magical Egyptian prince, a arrow-shooting hero, a spy, a ship's captain, a reporter and private detective!  Many of these heroes would also have their own comics, but for the most part they remained a part of Whiz Comics.

That's a brief look at Whiz Comics #2  - the origin of Captain Marvel!

*According to Mike's Amazing World of Comics

Update to my Captain Marvel Comic of the Week

One feature of my blog has been highlighting a Captain Marvel comic of the week from time to time.  The comic I featured was typically something I came across and found interesting and wanted to share it.  But after giving it some thought, I decided that beginning now I will start going systematically through Cap's comics and feature them in the order they were published.  For now I'll focus on Whiz Comics and Captain Marvel Adventures, and then later on go into Marvel Family, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr. comics.  Hope you like this little update to the comic of the week feature!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Captain Marvel Club Card Replica

I recently found a nice replica of one of the Captain Marvel Club cards.  It's printed on heavy cardboard and the colors are pretty nice!  The original card would have had a drawing of Billy Batson on it, and by lifting up a flap on the card, Billy would "transform" into Captain Marvel!  On the back of the card is the club's secret code!

Front of card

Back of card with club code

This was just one version of two club cards that I'm aware of, and this 'magic' version came out after the original card was produced.  (You can see an image of the original card here.)  This replica was far more affordable than an original one - I've seen them priced in the $100 plus range on various sites!  While I would prefer to have an original, it's not a bad edition to my Captain Marvel collection!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Comic of the Week - Special Edition Comics #1

The Captain Marvel comic of the week is Special Edition Comics #1!  This was a one-shot comic published by Fawcett and went on sale June 14, 1940* (about six months after Cap premiered in Whiz Comics!).  

The cover featured Captain Marvel and announced it was 64 pages of new adventures for him.  In the lower right, it states "Featuring brand-new stories of Captain Marvel World's Mightiest Man."

One thing I noticed about Captain Marvel is that there's been a modification to his uniform.  Notice that he's not wearing the bib-front.  But also notice that he has a belt with a letter M buckle!

This comic featured the following Captain Marvel stories:

"The Menace of Doctor Allirog"

"The Haunted House"

"Gamblers of Death"

"Sivana the Weather Wizard"

A few other notes of interest about this comic are that in some stories Billy Batson wears a red sweater with the letter "B" on the front, and in one story Captain Marvel solves the mystery wearing track and field clothes - he even takes the criminals before the judge wearing them!  This is a great one-shot comic from the early days of Captain Marvel comics!

*According to Mike's Amazing World of Comics

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Did You Know...

Did you know that in Whiz Comics #87 (published May 9, 1947) both the wizard Shazam and Captain Marvel had to end a quarrel among the gods?

It turns out that Mars, the god of war, had sneaked into Mount Olympia and was giving some of the gods (Zeus and Mercury) his nectar of evil!  This caused them to quarrel and fight among themselves.  Mars' malicious plot is uncovered and Shazam banishes him to the nether realms!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Countdown to the Shazam! (Captain Marvel) Movie Premier

At this time, April 5, 2019 is the date for the premier of the Shazam! (Captain Marvel) movie!  How long do we have to wait?  You can find out by clicking on the countdown timer I created!!  Hope you find it helpful!!

Shazam! (Captain Marvel) Movie Premier Countdown Timer