Monday, November 28, 2011

Captain Marvel Jr #78 (Danger Across the Tracks) October 1949

Danger Across the Tracks

The issues of luck and coincidence plays a strong role in this story. At the beginning of the story while rescuing the two small boys from fallng, CMJ thinks, "It's a lucky thing Freddy was visiting this part of town, or I would never have been around to help!" One of the boys says, "Gosh, we're sure lucky you were around Captain Marvel Jr! If it weren't for you, we'd have been killed! Thanks!" This is also an example of a "social justice" story. Freddy concludes by giving the moral of the story (referring to property owner Tim Dwight), "I'm glad to see he's learned that there is more to life than making big profits! Being a good citizen and helping those less fortunate than yourself brings real joy!" Art by Joe Certa.


  1. Good one. There were social consciousness stories way before GREEN LANTERN / GREEN ARROW, and this is one of them.

  2. Yes, you are correct. When I posted the comment on this story the GL/GA stories did cross my mind. Of course there were other "social consciousness" that appeared even in the super hero genre before the the GL/GA tales.