Nope, I’m not talking about the Captain Marvel that’s about to star in a major motion picture, nor am I referring to any of the iterations of that name from DC’s ‘marvelous’ competition. I’m also not talking about British knockoff Marvelman, the inspiration for one of Alan Moore’s first deconstructions of the superhero genre.
I’m talking about the Captain Marvel from M. F. Enterprises, a comic book character created in 1966 - after the collapse of Fawcett but before Marvel took up the name for a certain Kree warrior.
This Captain Marvel was an android from another planet who could split his body into its component parts by shouting the word ‘Split!’ (No, really, you can’t make this stuff up!) In his secret identity as Robert Winkle, he even had a ward named … (wait for it) … Billy Baxton!
Needless to say, the book (and character) didn’t last long. A Cap-loving friend of mine turned me onto this nugget of yesteryear a few days ago, and I thought the community here might enjoy a glimpse into what might have been.
More info here for the curious:
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