One Panel #491-492: Fawcett Firsts

From Captain Marvel: "The Origin of Captain Marvel, Jr." by Ed Herron, C.C. Beck and Mac Raboy, Whiz Comics #25 (December 1941)

When you need a new character and you need him NOW! A new villain has risen - Captain Nazi (see below) - and the Big Red Cheese needs help. In Master Comics #21 (again, below), it took the combined might of Captain Marvel and Bulletman to stop him, and he still escaped. That same month, Herr Captain returned in the pages of Whiz for another engagement. It's a pretty normal Shazam adventure until page 11, when Captain Nazi falls out of a plane and into the lap of Freddy Freeman and his grandfather, fishing. Nazi steals their boat and leaves them to die in the water. Cap manages to save Freddy and seeing as medicine can't do much for him, brings him to the old wizard where he asks to be able to share his power. From then on, when Freddy Freeman shouts the name of Captain Marvel, he becomes Captain Marvel Jr., the only hero who can't say his own name!

But get this. IN-STORY, Cap tells him: "I'm going to send you into Master Comics to take care of Capt. Nazi." And that's how Captain Marvel Jr. came to front Master Comics from that point on. Whaaaaaa?!

From Bulletman: "The Coming of Captain Nazi" by William Woolfolk and Mac Raboy, Master Comics #21 (December 1941)

Like I said above, Captain Nazi makes his first appearance a matter of weeks before it becomes necessary to get Captain Marvel Jr. into the book. Technically a Bulletman story, Captain Marvel does guest-star, but it looks like Captain Nazi - who seems perfect for a book called Master Comics, a title that's always made me uneasy - had his choice of any of Fawcett's big stars.



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