Monday, July 4, 2011

Captain Marvel Jr #76 (The Sun War) Aug. 1949

Happy Independence Day! Hope you have a great day celebrating the birthday of the United States. We are back again with another vintage CMJ story. This time we are starting with CMJ #76 (August 1949).

Housekeeping Item: I've noted that copies of the books I've been posting are showing up on the Golden Age comics websites. This is fine. Since this site is about CMJ I've not included the filler strips, text pieces or ads contained in each issue. I had planned at some future time uploading the complete issues to the websites (and still may) but thanks for doing the work for me.

The Sun War

This story seems oddly timely with its emphasis on global warming. We find that climate change is not the work on humans on Earth but are caused by warring races inside(!) the sun. Otto Binder using the voice of CMJ is at his moralizing best. CMJ preaches, "Just remember! All people, anywhere, have a responsibility toward all other people! In carrying on your war, you endangered Earth--and yourselves! Don't forget this ever---War does not pay!" The leaders of the Sun people rely, "You are right, Blue Boy! Hereafter, we will be known as the United Sun!" It seems as if the United Sun (read United Nations) is the answer to international problems. This longer than normal story (12 pages) gives the writer and artist more room to craft a very good story. The art by Bud Thompson is some of his best and the Sun peoples' costumes are similar to those worn by the Legion of Super Heroes in the early 1960s.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for coming back. Thought the sun had gotten you!