Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Captain Marvel's Golden Age Publishing History
There was the 8 issue series America's Greatest Comics, that ran 100 pages and featured Captain Marvel alongside other fascist smashing patriotic heroes like Bulletman (another one of my favorites), Minute Man, Spy Smasher, Captain Midnight, Golden Arrow, and Mr. Scarlet. This quarterly title debuted in the fourth quarter of 1941 and ran until the summer of 1943.
Between these three monthly titles and numerous specials published over a 14 year span, Billy Batson had upwards of 500 hundred adventures as the World's Mightiest Mortal. Think about that, HUNDREDS of stories. I'd have to go back and count, and perhaps some day I will, but I would estimate it's somewhere in the ballpark of 700 stories from his Whiz Comics debut in December 1939 to when Fawcett ceased publication of Captain Marvel with Marvel Family #89 in September of 1953. This would make Captain Marvel both the most prominently published and highest selling comic book character during the Golden Age!