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








Sunday, May 6, 2018

Comic of the Week - Captain Marvel Adventures #1



The Captain Marvel comic of the week is Captain Marvel Adventures #1!  This was Captain Marvel's stand-alone comic and went on sale January 17, 1941 (about a year after Cap premiered in Whiz Comics.).  Remember that in Whiz Comics, there is one Cap story followed by stories of other heroes like Ibis, Golden Arrow, etc.  But in the pages of Captain Marvel Adventures, all the stories feature Captain Marvel!

Captain Marvel Adventures #1 featured the following stories:

"Captain Marvel vs Z"


"Out West"

"The Monsters of Saturn"

"Captain Marvel Battles The Vampire"

It's interesting to note that Jack Kirby was the artist for each of these Captain Marvel Adventures!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Blog Cleanup and Maintenance!

It's been a while since I've done some cleaning up and maintenance on the blog, so I'm going to spend some time this week doing that!

One thing I've had to do in the past several weeks is delete comments that were submitted on various posts.  Most of the comments were spam, some were questionable, and some were legitimate.  I had a problem with one of my other blogs were someone's comments created some problems with how the blog operated, so to be safe I had to delete all the pending comments on this one.  If you left a comment and don't see it published, I hope you understand.  Please know I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to stop by and read my blog.  Hopefully I can get back to publishing comments soon!

Yours for old Shazam,

Jeff


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Introducing Joan Jameson



Joan Jameson was introduced to us in the pages of Captain Marvel Adventures #67 (October 4, 1946) in the story "Captain Marvel Gets a Secretary."  Joan Jameson became the secretary for both Billy Batson and Captain Marvel in this comic!

We learn that Joan graduated Business College and excitedly and determinedly goes out looking for work.  Joan's work ethic makes her determined to find a good job and work hard.  Since Captain Marvel is her hero, she decides to look for a job at WHIZ where both Cap and Billy Batson have an office.



Joan's job opportunity seems pretty slim when Billy advises her that he and Captain Marvel have no need for a secretary.  But Joan is undaunted and strikes a bargain with Billy - let her work as secretary for one day to prove herself!  Joan soon proves herself to both Billy and Captain Marvel who marvels at Joan's professional conduct and efficiency.


By the end of the story Captain Marvel tells Joan, "Believe it or not, you convinced both Billy and me that we need a secretary!  Report to work tomorrow morning and every morning after that!"  For Billy's part, he tells the readers, "Yes, folks!  Joan Jameson is our permanent secretary now!  Captain Marvel and I think she's swell!"


Not only did Joan become Billy and Captain Marvel's secretary, she also accidentally witnessed Billy's transformation into Captain Marvel!  She knows Billy's secret but she also kept his secret - not telling anyone!


Another interesting fact is that Joan was one of the characters that was caught up in Sivana's Suspendium trap that put Captain Marvel into suspended animation for over 20 years!  (You can read about that here!)  She went on to become a character in the 1970's Shazam! comic series.

I am really impressed with Joan Jameson's character as she is a great role model for both men and women.  She worked hard to put herself through college, she had the grit and determination to get a good job, and she impresses even a super hero with her hard work!  Though she's a minor character in Cap's comics, she has a ton of good character traits that make her a true role model!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strength and Hope

Yes, Captain Marvel is my hero.  One thing that I can always count on when I read one of his comic adventures is having the feeling that I want to be just like him.  No, not necessarily having super powers, but being a decent, stand-up human being - one that puts others before himself and stands up for what's right.  Captain Marvel does that to me.  With that in mind, I've decided to incorporate some inspirational and encouraging words on my Captain Marvel blogs from time to time.  These will be words and thoughts that embody the Captain Marvel spirit.

This post is my first one.  I wrote these words several years ago during a time of great loss for our family.  I wrote the words to myself as a reminder and now I share them with you and pray they are an encouragement and inspiration to you.

One thing that can never be taken away from you is hope. Hope - there is a chance. Hope - there is another way. Hope - keep fighting and keep punching and refuse to give up.

It doesn't matter what the bad news is or what are the odds. Those things have nothing to do with hope. The only time hope will be extinguished is when you decide to give it up.

Hope gives strength. Hope gives strength to face another day or face another minute. Hope gives strength to not give in to despair. Hope gives strength to fight another round. Hope gives strength.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Comic of the Week - Captain Marvel, Jr #1


The Captain Marvel comic of the week is Captain Marvel, Jr #1!  I've typically featured only Captain Marvel's Whiz or Captain Marvel Adventures comics, so this time I wanted to do something different and feature the first issue of Captain Marvel, Jr's comic!

Captain Marvel, Jr #1 featured the following stories:

A re-telling of Captain Marvel, Jr's origin.



"Wings Over Dazaggar" features Captain Marvel, Jr going up against his old nemesis - Captain Nazi!



"The Shadow that Walked!"



"The Case of the Crippled Kidnappers!"



"The Cracked Safecracker!"



This comic first published on October 16, 1942.