Today we present two issues of Fawcett's America's Greatest Comics featuring Captain Marvel and a whole host of other great Fawcett heroes!
In 1939, inspired by the success of Superman, Fawcett publications writer William Parker and Fawcett staff artist Charles Clarence Beck created Captain Marvel, who was introduced in Whiz Comics #2 (February, 1940) and quickly caught on, moving into his own title, Captain Marvel Adventures, early in 1941. The success prompted spin-off characters, beginning with Captain Marvel, Jr. in 1941 and Mary Marvel in 1942. Fawcett's line of comics expanded with such colorful characters as Captain Midnight, Bulletman and Bulletgirl, Nyoka the Jungle Girl and Spy Smasher (who became Crime Smasher after WWII). The circulation of Captain Marvel Adventures continued to soar until it outsold Superman during the mid-1940s.
[ Download America's Greatest Comics 01 ]
A declining comics market in the 1950s, along with a major lawsuit (National Comics Publications v. Fawcett Publications), resulted in Fawcett folding its line of comic books. Lash Larue, Nyoka, Strange Suspense Stories and other titles were sold to Charlton Comics. In 1972, after licensing Captain Marvel and featuring him in new stories, DC Comics purchased the Marvel Family and related characters in 1991.
[ Download America's Greatest Comics 02 ]