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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia
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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Brian Cremins

Abstract

Why was Captain Marvel—a little boy named Billy Batson whose magic word transforms him into the World’s Mightiest Mortal—one of the most popular comic book characters in the United States in the 1940s? To answer this question, this book takes the reader on a journey through the lives of the writers, artists, and readers who devoted themselves to this hero and his adventures. It’s the story of artist C. C. Beck and writer Otto Binder, one of the most innovative and prolific creative teams of the Golden Age of comics in the U. S.; of the comic book fanzines of the 1960s, which celebrated Billy a ... More

Keywords: C. C. Beck, Captain Marvel, Comic books, Nostalgia, Otto Binder

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781496808769
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808769.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Cremins, author
Harper College