: This year marks the 70th Anniversary of The
: World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel.
: Cap made his first appearance in Whiz Comics
: #2 (actually the first issue) cover dated
: February 1940. During the Golden Age of
: Comics, Captain Marvel was the best selling
: super-hero of the 1940's, out selling the
: original super-hero, Superman.
: DC Comics now owns the rights to Captain
: Marvel and The Marvel Family, the copyright
: originally held by Fawcett Publications.
: (Long story short: During the Forties, DC
: Comics constantly sued Fawcett claiming that
: Capt. Marvel was a rip-off of Superman.
: Truth to the matter is that DC didn't like
: that Captain Marvel was out selling Superman
: so the did everything they could to stop
: Capt. Marvel from being published.
: Eventually DC won and in 1953 Fawcett
: stopped printing comics basically tired of
: the lawsuits and because Super-heroes
: weren't selling like they once were.)
: 20 years later DC Comics started publishing
: Captain Marvel Comics again and in one form
: or another have been putting The Big Red
: Cheese in various series since 1973.
: The point I'm making here is why hasn't
: there been a celebration of this milestone?
: Other than My own Blog, "A View from a
: Goon" I haven't seen any mention of
: Cap's 70th birthday. Nothing on the comic
: book web-sites or the fan publications.
: Back in 1988, DC Comics went all out
: celebrating Superman's 50th birthday and the
: following year Batman's. (By the way nothing
: was done for Captain Marvel's 50th.) Since
: then DC has done nothing for the 60th and
: 70th Anniversaries of their two top heroes.
: Word is that they don't want the comic
: reading public thinking that they're heroes
: are senior citizens.
: I hope that you will all join me in getting
: the word out of Cap's Anniversary. If you
: have a web-site, blog, MySpace page or any
: type of web page, let the folks know that
: Captain Marvel turns 70 this year and help
: celebrate this important milestone.
: Thank you
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