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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Captain Marvel (M. F. Enterprises) # 3



Captain Marvel Fights THE BAT! Well, of course he does!

Here's the third issue of M. F. Enterprises' Captain Marvel, the short-lived attempt to capitalize on interest in superheroes in the wake of the Batman TV series in 1966. As noted previously, this Captain Marvel by Carl Burgos, creator of the original Human Torch, shares only its name with the SHAZAM!-shouting original Captain Marvel, and predates Marvel Comics' own scavenging and trademarking the name for its own Captain Marvel characters.

Given the Batmania that inspired all of this, it was a natural idea for our Deconstructable Defender to encounter a bat-themed...something. I recall seeing a suggestion somewhere that DC Comics may have objected to M. F.'s use of a Bat character, but I really don't see anything actionable here (as opposed to previous issues, with familiar names like Plastic Man and Dr. Fate). Nonetheless, when this bat-winged felon reappeared in Captain Marvel # 4, he was re-named as The Ray. Holy evasion!

(And Batman does make an appearance here, in the form of an ad for a [probably unlicensed] Batman & Robin Fan Club.)

M. F. Enterprises' Captain Marvel is likely an orphaned property, but we'll presume it's copyright the respective owner, and presented here as fair use. We've already seen Captain Marvel # 1 and Captain Marvel # 2. SPLIT! It's time to take the next-to-last train to Splitsville for M.F. Enterprises' Captain Marvel # 3.

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