Monday, November 14, 2011

Captain Marvel Jr #75 (Crime's Trumpeter) July 1949

This story shows that CMJ can be affected by mood altering sound (music). This is similar to "The Pied Piper of Himmler" (CMJ #2). Jazzbo also uses the horn to change CMJ back into Freddy by the magic lightning. He realizes that CMJ and Freddy are the same person but dies at the end. Interesting Biblical reference though the horns blowing (actually rams horns) didn't knock down the walls of Jericho. God give the city into the hands of the Israelities (Joshua 6:2, 16). Their actions obeying the divine command signaled that God was the cause of the walls falling down.

An ending caption states: "Perhaps no one will ever know! Fate is wiser than any mortal, and she has her own private sense of humor!" This is one of the more philosophical CMJ tales. One crook at the beginning of the story while trying to shoot CMJ notes , "I can't hold my hands still! But it doesn't matter! Bullets don't hurt CMJ anyhow!" Art: Bud Thompson.

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