To get the true scoop on the character of Captain Marvel one need only follow the link to fellow Retroist writer Drahken’s ‘Shazam! What a Marvelous Captain!’ post earlier this year.
This post is about the 1945 treasure I found while visiting my local comic shop a couple of months back. I was looking for the perfect birthday gift for one of my friends when I stumbled across this Fawcett Publications Punch Out Flyer book in a glass case. Now I knew my friend was a fan of Captain Marvel almost as much as he is a fan of Superman (Which I’ll never understand why he doesn’t realize that Batman is the better character) so I was ready for the hefty price tag that this retro treat would surely demand. When I learned it was priced at $4.50 I was already out the door with it after slapping my five bucks down.
You can see from the scans of it that a child was supposed to punch out and construct the likes of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Jr. I’m just kind of shocked that this book hadn’t been used and had in fact survived in such good condition for 68 years!
My friend by the way wisely decided to not punch out the flyers much to the dismay of his children and has instead framed it and put it on display in his home.