Posts from the ‘DC Comics’ Category

The Origin Of Captain Marvel

From February 1940. In the cover I can see the slight similarities to Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1.

Batman Meets Fatman

No really…

This is another “unique” Bat-story of the 1950s that shows just why most people disregard this era of the Caped Crusader’s career. Perhaps DC should put out a collection of Weird Tales from Gotham City. It could be filled with all the stupid stories from the 1940s, 50s and 60s such as the one above. It could feature the ‘many strange transformations of Batman, like the stories where he turned into a giant, merman, gorilla etc. There could also be a section on all the many times Batman travelled back in time, fought aliens or met others that he inspired such as Fatman, Batboy, Mogo the Bat-gorilla, Batmite, Ace the Bathound, Batman Jones etc. I’m not sure it would sell many copies although I am sure some people would pick it up just for a laugh.

Batman vs The Joker – The Joe Miller Joke Book

Here’s another great Golden Age story which focuses on the Joker’s vanity and the fact that he considers himself a great comedian.

The Crimes Of Kite Man

Batman may have the greatest rogues gallery in all of comicdom but there are also a few duds too. The Eraser comes to mind as does Crazy Quilt and the Ten Eyed Man, but I think Kiteman takes the cake.

I wonder whether there is a Kiteman origin story.

The Penguin On Parole

As we saw in Joker’s Millions, it is difficult for any of Batman’s rogues gallery to go straight. This is from Batman #38, December 1946.

The Return Of Mr Tawny

Captain Marvel was the biggest selling superhero comic of the 1940s, more popular than even Superman. In fact DC sued Fawcett Comics over Captain Marvel, saying that he too closely resembled the Man of Steel and infringed on DC’s copyright. The case went on for a decade before DC won, and Cap’ disappeared for twenty years.

I never understood why DC thought that Captain Marvel was a plagiarism of Superman. Other than the fact that they both have super powers they have nothing else alike. Superman is an alien whose home planet exploded. He gets his superpowers because he is an alien. Captain Marvel is a kid, Billy Batson, who was granted his powers through magic by an old wizard. When he says the magic word he becomes the World’s Mightiest Mortal.

Superman’s enemies were mainly mad scientist, other aliens or imps from the 4th dimension. Captain Marvel faced a mad scientist, nazis, an evil genius worm and an ancient Egyptian prince. Superman’s friends included the other reporters at the Daily Planet, while Captain Marvel’s friend included his sister, as well as a talking tiger.

The Funny Man Crimes

This story does feature some quite ugly art work, especially one of the drawings of the Joker on the last couple of pages. Some of the work evokes Dick Sprang but if I hazard a guess I would say Jerry Robinson was the main artist for this story.

Meet Charley Wing

This is from Comic Cavalcade #12, Autumn 1945. For that time this story was very progressive.

SHAZAM! The Original Captain Marvel and the Talking Tiger

There have been rumours for some time that a Shazam!/Captain Marvel movie may happen. The speculation is that the current project is dead. If a movie is made I hope that it features Mr Tawny the talking tiger, as well as the Big Red Cheese’s arch villain Mr Mind the worm.

Superman vs Antonino Rocca

Everyone knows about Superman’s epic battle with Muhammad Ali in the 1970s, but few people know about his wrestling match with Antonino Rocca in the 1950s. I suppose that is because few people today know who Antonino Rocca was. I guess you could say he was one of the biggest face stars of  Capital Wrestling Corporation which is now the WWE of the 1950s and was one of the biggest stars of that time to wrestle at Madison Square Garden. He left CWC at the time when they were renamed the WWWF and a championship tournament was held to decided who would become the first WWWF champion. In the 70s he was a commentator for the WWWF alongside Vince McMahon Jr. He refereed the boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Gorilla Monsoon in 1977 at the Garden.

Here is a clip of him wrestling the NWA champion Lou Thesz at Madison Square Garden. As it is billed as champion vs champion I’d dare say that Rocca holds the CWC champoionship at this time (which is not held as part of the WWE championship lineage).