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Posts tagged ‘Captain Marvel Adventures’

A Many-Splendored Thing: Day 11

February 11th, 2018

Recommended listening:

The immediate post-WW2 period saw traditional supernatural threats eclipsed by a set of menaces sporting a scientific bent. Ghosts and vampires were out, replaced by mutated monstrosities and bug-eyed aliens. While these Atom Age nightmares better reflected the prevailing anxieties of the era, they also injected a bit of novelty into genre templates which had […]

A true marvel

August 3rd, 2017

It recently occurred to me that I haven’t posted any Captain Marvel Adventures material in a while. Let’s rectify that with a sequence of panels that feels oddly….relevant. So much for the tolerant World’s Mightiest Mortal. (from “Captain Marvel Versus The World’s Wildest Man” by Otto Binder, C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza in Captain Marvel […]

(from “Captain Marvel Faces Fear!” by Bill Woolfolk and Pete Costanza in Captain Marvel Adventures #89, October 1948) “That time you almost fell through the ice on Sutter’s Pond? I was on a park bench brownbagging some Wild Turkey. “That freshman history midterm you forgot to study for? I was in the back of the […]

Captain Marvel faced his share of terrors during his Golden Age adventures, but few were as frightful as the dreaded HORROR IN THE BOX. To reveal the exact nature of the said box-borne horror would be to spoil the narrative conceit of the story, which was presented as a high-stakes enigma for the tykes of […]

L.A. had Vampira. Cleveland had Ghoulardi. Chicago had (and has) Svengoolie. In post-war Fawcett City, generic the small-screen maestro of the macabre role was filled by… …the “Ghost Announcer” who thrilled audiences with tales of supernatural terror and proved to be a huge success for WHIZ-TV. Or it was, until head writer I. J. Scarum […]

Sealing the deal

July 7th, 2014

“Powerful heroes require powerful adversaries, or else they become boring” says a section of the peanut gallery who won’t rest until every superhero story reads like an Eli Roth remake of DESTROY!! Otto Binder* was hep to this school of thought, which is why he chose to pit the World’s Mighitest Mortal against a crisis […]

Just a timely reminder…

June 30th, 2014

Slouch long enough…

It don’t mean a thing

April 11th, 2014

Hey there, sildenafil hepcats! Are you ready to groove on a happening slice of the teen scene? Because your Uncle Andrew has got quite the megillah to lay on you. It began when professional fuddy-duddy Mr. Morris tasked Billy Batson with looking after his niece Ellen while he cut a deal with a fellow fat […]

With one magic gift reciept…

December 24th, 2013

Finding the right Christmas present for someone can be a tricky business, purchase even when said person magically co-habitates within your very being. What do you give the World’s Mightiest Mortal who has everything from the courage of Achilles to the speed of Mercury? There’s no improving to be done in the wardrobe department (as […]

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