Friday, March 8, 2013

MARY MARVEL "Modern Wizard of Oz"

The Marvel Family's Golden Age adventures tended towards gentle fantasy... this tale from Fawcett's Wow Comics #48 (1946)
Ozz and his robots never re-appeared in any Marvel Family story.
Like most of the Mary Marvel stories of the 1940s, this one was scripted by noted sci-fi pulp author Otto Binder, and illustrated by his brother, Jack Binder.
Otto had a long career in comics, working primarily for Fawcett and DC, making him one of the very few to script tales of both the Captain Marvel and Superman families in the Golden Age!
His brother Jack initially worked at the Harry Chesler Studio, then opened his own firm.
Preferring to illustrate rather than administrate, he closed his shop after three years, then joined CC Beck's studio which supplied art for Fawcett Comics including the Marvel Family titles.
Heroine trivia: Otto co-created both Mary Marvel and Supergirl as well as DC's Merry: Girl of 1,000 Gimmicks, and Timely/Atlas/Marvel's Miss America!
Be here next week when we present another tale of classic comic grrl power!

1 comment:

  1. It wasn't very nice of her to start beating up the "What-is-It" after just one slightly rude remark! Locking up an apparently sentient being in the zoo isn't exactly behavior I associate with a "hero" either.
    Interesting to see how values in comics have changed, though.