MastroNet Summer 2003
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Whiz Comics #2 (Actually #1; 2/40) - CGC grade FR 1.0, Unrestored, with slightly brittle pages. Origin and first appearance of Captain Marvel. C. C. Beck art. For decades early comic book collectors never really understood why the numbering for Fawcett's flagship title, Whiz Comics, started with #2. The answer was eventually found to involve a complicated trail of "ashcan" editions, each published to try to secure a trademark registration for a new title. Fawcett Publishing's mad rush to enter the comic field in late 1939 created several interesting ashcans that have teased and confused advanced comic collectors since they first appeared. Initially, they were to call this book Flash Comics, but DC beat them to the punch on that. Then they tried Thrill Comics, but Nedor beat them to that one. Fawcett was also frustrated in that their leading hero (at the time named Captain Thunder) would have to change his name to avoid a copyright infringement suit from Fiction House. The folks at Fawcett, as frustrated as they probably were at this point, could not give up. They had too much invested in the new publication to quit. So in homage to their founder's first publication (Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang, a small humor publication) they dubbed and registered the new title as Whiz Comics, changed Captain Thunder's name to Captain Marvel, and published the package as a newsstand edition with a cover date of February, 1940. (Amazingly, no ashcan for Whiz Comics has ever surfaced). Here's an affordable copy of the classic origin and first appearance of the great Captain Marvel, featured in the book that almost wasn't, Whiz Comics #2.
"Whiz Comics" #2 (#1) - The Origin/1st Appearance of Captain Marvel - 1940
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