Golden age’s Captain Marvel Jr.
Captain Marvel Jr— I guess Captain Marvel has a dozen kids in the DC universe as well? That dude got around.
If you’re going to San Diego Comic Con next week, come check out my table in artist’s alley at EE-04! I’ll be doing sketches and peddling my wares.
See you there!
Austin Rodgers as Captain Marvel, Jr.
Other photographer/s unknown.
House ad for the first appearance of… well, you can probably guess.
Whiz Comics #37, Nov 1942
Shazam - The Fawcett Family cut-outs
First appearance of the wizard Shazam on a cover. Art by Mac Raboy.
Captain Marvel Jr. was one of my favorite heroes when I was much younger. His deal was that he was injured by debris in the middle of a fight between Captain Marvel and Captain Nazi (seriously. This was 1941, mind). Cap was able to get him to the hospital in time to save his life by granting him a portion of his own magical superpower, but was too late to prevent him from going lame in his left leg, permanently requiring crutches to walk in his human form. Captain Marvel, Jr, of course, was ablebodied.
So yeah, as kind of a sickly little kid, I latched onto this idea that you could say a magic word and be healthy and strong.