([April 2023])

DC, 2023 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
6.99 USD
Pages
68
On-sale Date
2023-02-21
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Ages 13+
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [circle and serifs]
Barcode
761941379999 00111
Printer
Transcontinental Printing Interweb Montreal
Editing
Bill Parker (original editor); ? (reprint editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interiors
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
one-shot

Issue Notes

Facsimile reproduction of Whiz Comics (Fawcett, 1940 series) #2 (February 1940) issue (first appearance of Captain Marvel / Shazam), including the cover, story, text pages, and advertisements from the original issue. Modern DC logo, barcode, and age rating have been added to the cover.

[Gangway for Captain Marvel!] (Table of Contents)

Captain Marvel / Shazam! / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]
Reprints
Keywords
automobiles

Extra Whiz Comics Extra (Table of Contents: 1)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover listing the 7 new features introduced in this issue.

[Introducing Captain Marvel] (Table of Contents: 2)

Captain Marvel / Shazam! / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson] (introduction, origin); Shazam (wizard, death); Sterling Morris (President of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company); Hammond (Amalgamated Broadcasting Company receptionist); Dr. Thaddeus Bodog Sivana [aka The Phantom Scientist] (villain); Ebenezer Batson (villain, in flashback)
Synopsis
After being taken by a mysterious stranger to meet the ancient wizard, Shazam, and gaining the powers of Captain Marvel, Billy Batson learns of a mysterious boss called the Phantom Scientist, and decides to report it to the head of Amalgamated Broadcasting Company.
Reprints
Keywords
Amalgamated Broadcasting Company (later called Station WHIZ); Historama; Seven Deadly Enemies of Man; Shazam; Skytower Apartments

[Ibis Lives Again] (Table of Contents: 3)

Ibis the Invincible / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Ibis the Invincible
Genre
superhero
Characters
Ibis the Invincible [Prince Amentep] (introduction); Princess Taia (introduction)
Synopsis
From the Egyptian wing of a famous American museum, young Prince Amentep rises from the dead as prophesied, and, with the help of the Ibistick, begins helping people in need. He then boards a ship, embarking on a search for the Princess Taia.
Reprints
Keywords
Ibistick

Indexer Notes

Story continues in Whiz Comics #3.

[Origin of Golden Arrow] (Table of Contents: 4)

Golden Arrow / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Pete Costanza
Inks
Pete Costanza
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
western-frontier; superhero
Characters
Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons] (introduction, origin); Prof. Paul Parsons (introduction, death); Gloria Parsons (introduction, death); White Wind (his horse, introduction); Nugget Ned (prospector, death); Brand Braddock (villain, introduction); Bronk Braddock (villain, introduction); Brute Braddock (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
A band of criminals shoot down a hot air balloon piloted by Professor Paul Parsons, his wife and son, in order to get a secret gas formula. The young son is rescued by a lioness, which is shot by an old prospector who raises the child to manhood. That young man, now called Golden Arrow, tracks down the men responsible for his parent's deaths.
Reprints

[The Coming of Spy Smasher] (Table of Contents: 5)

Spy Smasher / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
C. C. Beck
Inks
C. C. Beck
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
spy; superhero
Characters
Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong] (introduction); Admiral Corby (introduction, Naval Intelligence Officer); Eve Corby (introduction, Adm. Corby's daughter); The Mask (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Spy Smasher goes on the trail to capture the Mask, who is after designs of the new naval mine layer from a safe in Admiral Corby's home.
Reprints
Keywords
Gyro-Sub (introduction)

[The Radium Theft of Dr. Death] (Table of Contents: 6)

Scoop Smith / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Gregor Duncan
Inks
Gregor Duncan
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Scoop Smith (introduction); Dr. John Galt (introduction, hospital President); Blimp Black (introduction, cameraman); Bruce Lane (introduction, newspaper Editor); Dr. Death [Dr. James Kirk!] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Scoop is hired to recover $350,000 in radium stolen from a local hospital.
Reprints

[Incident at Maloana] (Table of Contents: 7)

Lance O'Casey / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Bob Kingett
Inks
Bob Kingett
Colors
Bill Parker ?
Letters
?

Genre
adventure
Characters
Lance O'Casey (introduction); Mr. Hogan (Lance's chimp, introduction); Skipper Jones (retired sea Captain, introduction); Barracuda Brent (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Finding the owner of the Moloana Trading Company severely injured, Lance learns that natives made the attack and kidnapped an American girl and her father in the process. Lance and Mr. Hogan track down the kidnapper and rescues the pair.
Reprints

Seals of Doom (Table of Contents: 8)

Dan Dare / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Parker
Pencils
Gregor Duncan
Inks
Gregor Duncan
Colors
Bill Parker
Letters
?

Genre
detective-mystery; science fiction
Characters
Dan Dare (introduction); Carol Clews (introduction); unnamed Police Chief; Seminole Sam (death); Carlos Peseta (villain); Manuel (villain, Peseta's servant); Portugese Pete (villain)
Synopsis
Dan is engaged to investigate the murder of a man on the estate of wealthy Carlos Peseta, but, in the process, uncovers a drug smuggling operation.
Reprints

[Lucky Seven Cash Contest] (Table of Contents: 9)

activity / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Characters
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Ibis [Prince Amentep]; Lance O'Casey; Dan Dare; Golden Arrow [Roger Parsons]; Scoop Smith; Spy Smasher [Alan Armstrong]
Synopsis
Illustrated contest page in which readers are asked to name their favorite Whiz Comics character in a 50 word or less letter. There are $25 in cash prizes awarded: $10 for 1st place, $5 for 2nd place and $1 each for the next 10 places. Deadline for entry is given as January 15, 1940.
Reprints

Hey Kids! Read the "Surprise" Magazine Mechanix Illustrated (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00 (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Remington Rand Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Gangway for Captain Marvel!]
    Captain Marvel / Shazam!
  2. 1. Extra Whiz Comics Extra
  3. 2. [Introducing Captain Marvel]
    Captain Marvel / Shazam!
  4. 3. [Ibis Lives Again]
    Ibis the Invincible
  5. 4. [Origin of Golden Arrow]
    Golden Arrow
  6. 5. [The Coming of Spy Smasher]
    Spy Smasher
  7. 6. [The Radium Theft of Dr. Death]
    Scoop Smith
  8. 7. [Incident at Maloana]
    Lance O'Casey
  9. 8. Seals of Doom
    Dan Dare
  10. 9. [Lucky Seven Cash Contest]
  11. 10. Hey Kids! Read the "Surprise" Magazine Mechanix Illustrated
  12. 11. This Beautiful Desk for Only $1.00
    Remington Rand Inc.
This issue was modified by
  • Jeff DeWitt
  • John Monagle
  • Jim Stangas
  • Jim Van Dore