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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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“Tiny Flashes of Light”

“Tiny Flashes of Light”

Comic Books, Nostalgia, and Billy Batson’s America

(p.3) Introduction “Tiny Flashes of Light”
Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

Brian Cremins

University Press of Mississippi

The relationship between comic books, comics scholarship, and nostalgia is complex. This chapter explores the history of Captain Marvel, the popular comic book hero created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Publications in 1939. In addition to sections about the National Comics Publications, Inc. v. Fawcett Publications, Inc. copyright infringement case, the chapter also examines Captain Marvel’s place in early fanzines and comics scholarship published in the 1960s and early 1970s in the U. S. As an overview of the book, the introduction sets out to understand why the character was so tremendously popular in the 1940s only to disappear from popular discourse after the conclusion of the lawsuit in 1953.

Keywords:   C. C. Beck, Captain Marvel, Golden Age Comic Books, Fanzines, National v. Fawcett

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