Monday, August 22, 2011
Captain Marvel Jr #79 (CMJ and the Unhappy Clown) Aug. 1949
The moral of this yarn is don't try to be something that you aren't. Do what you are fitted and designed to do. Rico the clown rightly concludes, "Captain Marvel Jr., You've convinced me! From now on, I won't try to be a second rate hero! I stick to what I do best--making people laugh!" The art, by Bud Thompson, fit the story perfectly--it has gentle, whimsical, light-hearted drawings that works very well with this tale. The stories in this issue all have clear moral statements--perhaps Facwett included these obvious moral lessons as a way to counter the growing criticism of comics at the time.