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Whiz Comics
PublisherFawcett | Date: | Lang: English
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   By k9feline
The one that started it all. A homeless newspaper boy, a shadowy mysterious figure (who's never explained, making him all the more intriguing), a dying wizard with a name that spells out 5 famous figures from Greek mythology and one from the Bible, a large, marble block hanging over the wizard's head, suspended only by a thin strand of thread, a crazed mad scientist plotting to wipe out all of radio, and the Superman-like figure who saves the day and even dwarfs the popularity of Superman! This is a great opening story that keeps the reader intrigued throughout, even if it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Bill Parker did a fantastic job creating this new hero, aided by C. C. Beck's blend of realistic and cartoony. Not only did this story mark the debut of Captain Marvel/Billy Batson, it also created his archenemy Sivana, and two supporting characters who'll both turn out to be more important and prominent than they seem here: Sterling Morris and Shazam.
   By crashryan
Strange that we never get a clear shot of Spy Smasher, even when he's in costume. Except for two silhouettes we only see him from the back.
   By phrankenstign
Why does the cover for Whiz Comics #2 not have the words "Gangway for Captain Marvel" under the picture of Captain Marvel? I believe DC chose to delete those words from their Famous First Edition reprint. Is that what is pictured here in Comic Book +?
   By SuperScrounge
No, phrankenstign the colors are wrong for the Famous First Edition's cover. http://www.comics.org/issue/371501/cover/4/ Looking at the scan here you can clearly see a spine curve on the book, although looking at the scan of Whiz Comics #2 at the GCD even more differences show up http://www.comics.org/issue/651/cover/4/ The triangle here just says “Fawcett Publication” at the GCD “A Fawcett Publication”. Here one gangster is thrown from the car, at the GCD 2 gangsters. Was this a Canadian publication of Whiz or something else?
   By phrankenstign
There's a noticeable shift in color extending across the entire cover just above the car and even with Captain Marvel's left hand. It's possible the picture was stitched together from two smaller scans causing the shift in colors. Perhaps it is a Canadian version of the full-size inner front cover of the Famous First Edition released there. The full-size inner covers of the FFE American versions (both DC soft cover and Lyle Stuart hard cover) lack "GANGWAY FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL!", have only one gangster, state only "FAWCETT PUBLICATION" (WITH NO "A"), a horizontal black speed line over the "I" and "Z" in "WHIZ", and no shading on the white parts of Captain Marvel's cape. For some reason, the FFE outer small-size covers differ from the inner full-size ones. They lack "GANGWAY FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL!", only have one gangster, state "FAWCETT PUBLICATIONS" (with no "A"), lack the horizontal speed line over the "I" and "Z" in "WHIZ", and have shading on the white of Captain Marvel's cape. Curiously, the Shazam! Archives Volume 1 picture of WHIZ COMICS #2 has "GANGWAY FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL!", only one gangster, states "FAWCETT PUBLICATION (with no "A"), lacks the horizontal speed line over the "I" and "Z" in "WHIZ", and no shading on the white parts of Captain Marvel's cape. I looked at a picture of a CGC 9.0 Whiz Comics #2 on page 73 of a 43rd edition of an Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. The book had "GANGWAY FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL!", two gangsters, "A FAWCETT PUBLICATION", a horizontal speed line over the "I" and "Z" in "WHIZ", and shading on the white parts of Captain Marvel's cape. It's a mystery where, when, and how DC got what appears to be an earlier version of the final Fawcett version of Whiz Comics #2. If it's NOT an earlier version, then why would they decide to eliminate one gangster? I've read the reason "GANGWAY FOR CAPTAIN MARVEL!" was removed was to prevent litigation with Marvel Comics Group's own Captain Marvel.
   By SuperScrounge
Never had the FFE version so forgot it had an interior reprint of the cover. (I've heard some people removed the outer cover & tried to sell the reprint as the original.)
   By SuperScrounge
Well, looked at the Digital Comic Museum's posting and there are some similar thoughts that this might be a scan of the tabloid http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?dlid=13
   By phrankenstign
Do Comic Book + and The Digital Comic Museum share all of their pics? I looked at the first few pages, and they look like they were sourced from the same, exact book. Both showed the same color-tone shifts two-thirds from the top (due to stitching two smaller pics in my opinion) and other imperfections. That leads me to believe both sites used the same picture file scans, although the sizes are different.
 
Additional Information
 
PublicationFebruary 1940 | Price: 0.10 USD | Pages: 68 | Frequency: monthly | Editing: Bill Parker
NotesNo copyright registration or renewal appears to be on record for the issue. As such, the exact publication date is unknown. However, it most likely went on sale in December 1939. Whiz Comics was a monthly series, and the publication date reported to the U. S. Copyright Office for #3 is January 12, 1940. According to the indicia, Fawcett's corporate address was 1100 West Broadway Louisville, KY. Its general offices were in the Fawcett Building in Greenwich, CT. The address of the editorial offices was 1501 Broadway, New York City.
 
CoverGangway for Captain Marvel!
FeaturingCaptain Marvel
CreditsPencils: C. C. Beck | Inks: C. C. Beck
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]
 
Comic StoryIntroducing Captain Marvel (13 pages)
SynopsisAfter being taken by a mysterious stranger to meet the ancient wizard, Shazam, and gaining the powers of Captain Marvel, Billy Batson learns of a mysterious boss called the Phantom Scientist, and decides to report it to the head of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company.
FeaturingCapt. Marvel
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: C. C. Beck | Inks: C. C. Beck | Colors: Bill Parker
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (introduction, origin); Shazam (wizard, death); Sterling Morris (President of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company); Hammond (Amalgamated Broadcasting Company receptionist); Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana [aka The Phantom Scientist] (villain); Ebenezer Batson (villain, in flashback)
NotesThis is the 3rd reprinting of this story (with five added pages), first being in ashcan Flash Comics #1, then ashcan Thrill Comics #1. In all respects, the characters are not introduced in this story, except possibly for Captain Marvel (known as Captain Thunder in the ashcans). So the term "introduction" has been removed from all characters except our hero.
 
Comic StoryIbis Lives Again (8 pages)
SynopsisFrom the Egyptian wing of a famous American museum, young Prince Amentep rises from the dead as prophesied, and, with the help of the Ibistick, begins helping people in need. He then boards a ship, embarking on a search for the Princess Taia.
FeaturingIbis the Invincible
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: C. C. Beck | Inks: C. C. Beck | Colors: Bill Parker
ContentGenre: Superhero | Characters: Ibis the Invincible [Prince Amentep] (introduction); Princess Taia (introduction)
NotesStory continues next issue.
 
Comic StoryOrigin of Golden Arrow (10 pages)
SynopsisA band of criminals shoot down a hot air balloon piloted by Professor Paul Parsons, his wife and son, in order to get a secret gas formula. The young son is rescued by a lioness, which is shot by an old prospector who raises the child to manhood. That young man, now called Golden Arrow, tracks down the men responsible for his parent's deaths.
FeaturingGolden Arrow
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: Pete Costanza | Inks: Pete Costanza | Colors: Bill Parker
ContentGenre: Western-frontier | Characters: Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons](introduction, origin); Prof. Paul Parsons (introduction, death); Gloria Parsons (introduction, death); White Wind (his horse, introduction); Nugget Ned (prospector, death); Brand Braddock (villain, introduction); Bronk Braddock (villain, introduction); Brute Braddock (villain, introduction)
NotesArtist revision from Greg Duncan to Pete Costanza by Craig Delich 2011-28-11 per P.C. Hamerlinck in Alter-Ego #6 (Autumn, 2000).
 
Comic StoryThe Coming of Spy Smasher (8 pages)
SynopsisSpy Smasher goes on the trail to capture the Mask, who is after designs of the new naval mine layer from a safe in Admiral Corby's home.
FeaturingSpy Smasher
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: C. C. Beck | Inks: C. C. Beck | Colors: Bill Parker
ContentGenre: Spy; Superhero | Characters: Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong] (introduction); Admiral Corby (introduction, Naval Intelligence Officer); Eve Corby (introduction, Adm. Corby's daughter); The Mask (villain, introduction)
 
Comic StoryThe Radium Theft of Dr. Death (8 pages)
SynopsisScoop is hired to recover $35,000 in radium stolen from a local hospital.
FeaturingScoop Smith
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: Greg Duncan | Inks: Greg Duncan | Colors: Bill Parker
ContentGenre: Detective-mystery | Characters: Scoop Smith (introduction); Dr. John Galt (introduction, hospital President); Blimp Black (introduction, cameraman); Bruce Lane (introduction, newspaper Editor); Dr. Death [Dr. James Kirk!] (villain, introduction)
 
Comic StoryIncident At Maloana (8 pages)
SynopsisFinding the owner of the Moloana Trading Company severely injured, Lance learns that natives made the attack and kidnapped an American girl and her father in the process. Lance and Mr. Hogan track down the kidnapper and rescues the pair.
FeaturingLance O'Casey
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: Bob Kingett | Inks: Bob Kingett | Colors: Bill Parker?
ContentGenre: Adventure | Characters: Lance O'Casey (introduction); Mr. Hogan (Lance's chimp, introduction); Skipper Jones (retired sea Captain, introduction); Barracuda Brent (villain, introduction)
NotesContinued in the next issue.
 
Comic StorySeals of Doom (8 pages)
SynopsisDan is engaged to investigate the murder of a man on the estate of wealthy Carlos Peseta, but, in the process, uncovers a drug smuggling operation.
FeaturingDan Dare
CreditsScript: Bill Parker | Pencils: Greg Duncan | Inks: Greg Duncan | Colors: Bill Parker
ContentGenre: Detective-mystery | Characters: Dan Dare (introduction); Carol Clews (introduction); un-named Police Chief; Seminole Sam (death); Carlos Peseta (villain); Manuel (villain, Peseta's servant); Portugese Pete (villain)
NotesContinued in the next issue. Preliminary stoiry title given in last panel is "$500,000 or Else".
 
ActivityLucky Seven Cash Contest (1 page)
SynopsisIllustrated contest page in which readers are asked to name their favorite Whiz Comics character in a 50 word or less letter. There are $25 in cash prizes awarded: $10 for 1st place, $5 for 2nd place and $1 each for the next 10 places. Deadline for entry is given as January 15, 1940.
CreditsPencils: various | Inks: various | Letters: typeset
ContentCharacters: Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Ibis [Prince Amentep]; Lance O'Casey; Dan Dare; Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons]; Scoop Smith; Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]
NotesSequence added by Craig Delich 2012-6-25.
 
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