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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia$
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Brian Cremins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808769

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808769.001.0001

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Otto Binder and the Secret Life of Mr. Tawny, the Talking Tiger

Otto Binder and the Secret Life of Mr. Tawny, the Talking Tiger

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(p.48) Chapter 2 Otto Binder and the Secret Life of Mr. Tawny, the Talking Tiger
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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia
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Brian Cremins

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808769.003.0003

Although he did not create Captain Marvel, Otto Binder wrote most of the stories featuring the character in the 1940s and early 1950s. Binder got his start as a literary agent and science fiction writer. Under the name Eando Binder, he and his brother Earl began publishing in the science fiction pulps of the 1930s. The Mr. Tawny stories about a talking tiger who becomes friends with Billy Batson are Binder and artist C. C. Beck’s most accomplished work, filled with autobiographical traces of Binder’s life as a freelance writer. This chapter draws on theories from the disciplines of animal studies and comics scholarship to examine these narratives, which remain some of the most compelling comics published during the Golden Age of comics in the U. S.

Keywords:   Animal studies, C. C. Beck, Comic books and autobiography, Otto Binder, Golden Age comics

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