have a fawcett christmas!

Fawcett Christmas- xmas2Rick may not have the Captain Marvel Christmas comic whose cover we saw on Sunday, but he does have this beauty, the second issue of Fawcett’s Xmas Comics, with another gorgeous Cap drawing on the cover.  He reports that the 324 pages consisted of that month’s issues of all the Fawcett titles, bound together– a lot of Golden Age fun for 50 cents.  That was, we need to remember, “a lot of money at the time”.  And of course they didn’t know it was the Golden Age.  In fact it was wartime, as this little advertisement from the back of the comic reminds us:Fawcett Christmas-docseuss-blogIf you think the art looks a little familiar, you would be right– it’s early work from the man who was known in full as Dr. Seuss.

(Thanks, Rick, for the scans and background information.  I bet he can identify all the characters in the sleigh– I get a little stuck after Bulletman, who is sort of obvious, and Ibis the Invincible, who is the magician in the turban.)

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5 Responses to have a fawcett christmas!

  1. Rick Santman says:

    Well, let’s see now.

    Starting at lower left, the fellow in green is Spy Smasher, above him is Golden Arrow, Fawcett’s original Western character. Later on Fawcett put out authorized comics for many, MANY Western movie stars, including Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Gabby Hayes, Tex Ritter, Lash LaRue, Bob Steele, Gene Autry, et al. But Golden Arrow was there first.

    Above him to the right is Mr. Scarlett, directly above Bulletman.

    To the right of Bulletman is Commando Yank, the fellow in the snazzy turban is Ibis the Invincible, and below him is that jolly old elf, Santa himself.

    Above Captain Marvel’s arm is Lance O’Casey in the captain’s hat, and the gent in the goggles is Phantom Eagle. (I must confess, I had to dig around in the book for Phantom Eagle, just couldn’t dredge up his name)

    There were two early editions of XMas Comics, 1941 and 1942, and also two early editions of Gift Comics, also 1941 and 1942, and they were ALL this same gorgeous 324 page package. That’s a bucketful of reading for any youngster hungry for adventure!

    • 1971wolfie says:

      Hey Rick- instead of digging around in the book, you could have just looked at the cover, found the list of names, and used a process of elimination. Admit it… you just wanted another excuse to read the whole issue again. ;p

  2. Rick Santman says:

    Sigh. The Wolf is absolutely right. This book (Not this particular copy) was the very first Golden
    Age comic I ever read. Got a copy while I was still in high school, circa 1970. A buddy found it in a garage somewhere in Battle Creek, sold it to me for a dollar. Pretty good introduction to the Golden Age, eh?

    I traded it a couple years later for some early Fantastic Fours and X-Men, and imagine my surprise when I was thumbing through the 1976 Overstreet to see my old copy pictured on page 515.

    Yep, the Xmas 2 photo in several early O’streets was my former copy. There were enough flaws in the cover that I recognized it immediately, LOL

  3. Pam Bliss says:

    That is the coolest story I’ve heard in a long time. As I’m sure many of you know, Rick is my go to person for learning about old comics, and it’s neat to learn how he got his start. His secret origin, if you will!

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