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Captain Marvel
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Real Name

Roger Winkle

First Appearance

Captain Marvel #1 (1966)

Original Publisher

M. F. Enterprises, Inc.

Created by

Carl Burgos,Roger Elwood, & Leon Francho

Background

Myron Fass jumped into the Silver Age superhero field in 1966 with M. F. Enterprises, Inc. He had Human Torch creator Carl Burgos come up with an all new character with the old name Captain Marvel.

Silver Age Origin

This version was a robot who was the hope for mankind. Shouting the word "Split" would allow his body to separate down to fingers from hand. Individual parts could fly off independant and do whatever he willed of them. When he would shout "Xam" the parts would come back together. He also had a pair of astro boats that would allow him to fly into space. His power had to be renewed everday with the difficult task of rubbing the emblem on his chest.

Captain Marvel had a 10-year-old sidekick named Billy Baxton and a love interest named Linda Knowles. As a civilian, he masqueraded as Roger Winkle, whose occupation varied from journalist to college professor.

Silver Age Appearances

  • Captain Marvel #1-4
  • Captain Marvel Presents The Terrible Five #1 (1966)
  • Captain Marvel Presents The Terrible Five #5 (1967)

Notes

  • AC Comics revived the character briefly appearing in their Femforce title as MOD. Only the M.F. Enterprises version is public domain because the copyright notice on the first issue was not in the proper location of the book which under copyright law at the time of it's publication had to be "either upon the title page or upon the first page of text of each separate number or under the title heading.According to US copyright law, all works published between 1923-1977 that did not comply with copyright law became public domain upon publication. So, because the first issue had an incorrect notice, the characters fell into the public domain. The copyright notice was not until the fifth page of the first issue.

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