The penultimate issue of DC's '70s series The Sandman is just as odd and goofy as its predecessors. This really was a comic book out of its time, which is why we've been sticking with Golden Age material for our supplemental stories.
The main attraction among our reprint selections this time is a story from 1947's Captain Marvel Story Book. I first read about this title's illustrated prose Captain Marvel adventures in the pages of the fantastic book All In Color For A Dime. In "The Big Red Cheese," Dick Lupoff's All In Color For A Dime essay about the World's Mightiest Mortal, Lupoff wrote of Captain Marvel Story Book:
"Its format, providing full-page presentation of [C. C.] Beck's drawings (occasionally even a two-page spread), gave Beck an opportunity to shine, and many of the illustrations are among the most memorable of the whole Captain Marvel art canon." Lupoff went on to note the plethora of larger-than-life heroes appearing on paperback novel spinner racks in the '60s and '70s, and conclude, "A paperback edition of one or several of the Captain Marvel Story Books would not be out of place. Certainly the writing is at least equal to the pulp level of many of the reprints and the newly written books, and the appeal of the character is great."
Reading those words as a young teen in the early '70s, a voracious reader of both comic books and paperback pulp novels starring Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Phantom, et al., I so wanted to read these Captain Marvel Story Books. I still wish DC would partner with Sanctum Books and Anthony Tollin to get these back into print and into my hands. For now, we'll settle for reprising one of the stories here, alongside comic book stories starring Wonder Woman and Minute Man.
The Sandman in "The Invasion Of The Frog Men!," The Sandman # 5 (October-November 1975)
"Captain Marvel And The Sun People!," Captain Marvel Story Book # 2 (Winter 1947)
Wonder Woman in "When Treachery Wore A Green Shirt!," Sensation Comics # 81 (September 1948)
Minute Man in "The Baffling Case Of The Murdered Millionaire," America's Greatest Comics # 3 (May-August 1942
All of our heroes are copyright DC Comics Inc. The Minute Man story is public domain, and the rest is depicted in sample pages; my paid subscribers see the whole thing. Only one issue remains in The Sandman's run, and we'll re-visit that one in our next edition of 100-Page FAKES!
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