421 – Lovely Rita

March 1949 ends another Timely (Marvel) superhero solo book with Captain America #73 (March 1949). With its next issue, it becomes “Captain America’s Weird Tales”, a horror comic, which maybe was fore-shadowed by the truly macabre ads for toys in this issue. Pictured above is Rita, a babygirl doll with long vivacious red hair that […]

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411 – Bucky Returns!

In Captain America #71 (December 1948), we see some rare glimpses of Marvel continuity when Bucky Barnes is finally healed up in the hospital after being shot six months prior and returns to active duty. I guess it was too premature to call Timely (Marvel) done with boy sidekicks – Bucky was not written out […]

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396 – Mr. Zrr Rocks

Timely (Marvel) decided to pay homage to Superman’s tenth anniversary by ripping off one of Supermans’ characters: Mr. Mxyzptlk. Captain America #67 (May 1948) features a short, cartoon-y, imp-ish character named Mr. Zrr from “Dimension Z” who travels through a mirror to Earth and then allows criminals to follow him back and wreak havoc. He […]

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392 – Golden Girl

In Captain America #66 (March 1948), Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel, creates another seductively-clad female superhero: Golden Girl. Bucky Barnes gets shot, and while he is recovering, Captain America needs a new sidekick! After many years as being a bit-player and minor romantic interest during the war, Betsy Ross is trained by Steve Rogers […]

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380 – Bucky Slap!

Batman wasn’t the only superhero to slap his sidekick. In Captain America #65 (October 1947), Steve lashes out at Bucky in order to convince Bucky that their partnership is through. Of course this is just an act on Steve’s part to convince a criminal society, led by a beautiful woman, that Bucky’s life should not […]

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325 – Mr. Rogers’ Classroom

Timely (Marvel) Comics tries to flesh out Captain America’s back story in Captain America #59 (August 1946), with a re-telling of his origin, an updating that Steve and Bucky have been recently honorably discharged from the Army, and then Steve choosing to go back to his role as a school teacher. I blame Stan Lee, […]

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323 – All-Winners Squad

Maybe the reason that Batman had sloppy writing is that Bill Finger was moonlighting for Timely (Marvel) Comics in 1946? Timely introduces their first real superhero team, the All-Winners Squad, in All-Winners Comics #19 (July 1946). The team includes Captain America, Bucky, Miss America, Human Torch, Toro, Namor, and The Whizzer. It’s an interesting mix […]

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316 – Stan Lee wants you to Write

In Captain America #57 (April 1946), we see the editor of the comic (one legendary Stan Lee) requesting feeedback from its readers. This kind of feels to me like the precursor to the letters column, which no comic book seems to have introduced at this time.

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305 – Steve Rogers in Civilian Garb

In Captain America #54, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes appear out of their army uniforms (for the first time, I believe) though they are both still working for the army. Speaking of civilian garb, I got a big kick out of the ad at the end of Captain America #54 for a “trick tie”. By […]

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260 – Marvel-ous Violence

Throughout 1944, Timely Comics (Marvel) featured increasingly vicious covers as its heroes were shown battling Nazis and Japanese soldiers in surprisingly violent ways. Here, Captain America is shown simultaneously punching, kicking and shooting three different Japanese soldiers, while Bucky Barnes uses a flamethrower on another in an effort to prevent a bridge from being blown […]

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