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ALTER EGO #75 (100 pages, $6.95) is a FAWCETT FESTIVAL—with a fabulous new cover by ALEX ROSS! It’s double-size FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) dynamite, with WALT GROGAN and P.C. HAMERLINCK on all the many "Captains Marvel" over the years, from centuries past to Fawcett to Fass to Marvel Comics, and beyond—spotlighting a previously unseen Shazam! proposal from ALEX ROSS! Plus, there’s C.C. BECK on "The Death of a Legend!"—plus MARC SWAYZE! Bonus: an engrossing interview with Golden Age artist MARV LEVY, featuring art by BERNARD BAILEY, CARMINE INFANTINO, MAC RABOY, CHARLES SULTAN, HOWIE POST, DAN BARRY, MORT MESKIN, et al.! Also, there’s Michael T. Gilbert and Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, and even more! Edited by Roy Thomas.

Text of Alter Ego #75

  • $6.95In the USA

    No. 75January2008





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  • Alter EgoTM is published 8 times a year by TwoMorrows, 10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614, USA. Phone: (919) 449-0344. Roy Thomas, Editor. John Morrow, Publisher. Alter Ego Editorial Offices: 32 Bluebird Trail, St. Matthews, SC 29135, USA. Fax: (803) 826-6501; e-mail: Send subscription funds to TwoMorrows, NOT to the editorial offices.Single issues: $9 US ($11.00 Canada, $16 elsewhere). Twelve-issue subscriptions: $78 US, $132 Canada, $180 elsewhere. All characters are their respective companies. All material their creatorsunless otherwise noted. All editorial matter Roy Thomas. Alter Ego is a TM of Roy & Dann Thomas. FCA is a TM of P.C. Hamerlinck. Printed in Canada. ISSN: 1932-6890


    This issue is dedicated to the memory ofPaul Norris

    & Mike Wieringo

    Writer/Editorial: Turning Off The Fawcett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3The Alter Ego 1943 Calendar Goes 2008! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Alex Wright re-casts pulse-pounding WWII pin-ups as the super-heroines DC & Marvel cant buy!

    I Think I Always Knew I Wanted To Be A Cartoonist! . . . . 12A candid conversation between Golden Age artist Marv Levy and Jim Amash.

    Maxwell ElkanThe Hard Luck Unknown . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr., and Hames Ware on a 1940s-50s Great Unknown.

    Mr. Monsters Comic Crypt! Twice-Told Marvel Heroes (Part 3). . 51Michael T. Gilbert presents the Golden Age answers to Giant-Man and The Wasp.

    Tributes to Paul Norris & Mike Wieringo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57re: [comments, correspondence, questions, & corrections] . . 59FCA (Fawcett Collectors Of America) #134 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65P.C. Hamerlinck presents and presides over an in-depth look at the many demises of Captain Marvelby Alex Ross, Marc Swayze, C.C. Beckand himself.

    On Our Cover: Super-star artist (and occasional A/E contributor) Alex Ross pays homage toMichelangelos Piet, carved by the legendary sculptor in 1498-99 for St. Peters Basilica inthe Vatican, Rome. And, considering how many times Captain Marvel has died and beenreborn/re-imagined/re-defined/etc. by everybody and his brother since Fawcett ceased publi-cation of the Worlds Mightiest Mortal in 1953, this striking illustration makes the ideal coverto accompany a recounting of The Shazam Curse, as FCAs editor calls it.. We were quitecontent with it just as Alex painted itand you can see it that way in some advance adsbut, as per Alexs preferences, P.C. Hamerlinck and John Morrow added to it a myriad ofCap figures drawn by various talented artists over the decades (clockwise from top center):Tom Mandrake, Jerry Ordway, Joshua Middleton, Bob Oksner, Alan Weiss, KurtSchaffenberger, Marc Swayze, Howard Porter, C.C. Beck, and Don Newton. The NewtonCM was inked by Kurt S. [Shazam! characters TM & 2008 DC Comics.]

    Vol. 3, No. 75 / January 2008EditorRoy Thomas

    Associate EditorsBill SchellyJim Amash

    Design & LayoutChristopher Day

    Consulting EditorJohn Morrow

    FCA EditorP.C. Hamerlinck

    Comic Crypt EditorMichael T. Gilbert

    Editorial Honor RollJerry G. Bails (founder)Ronn Foss, Biljo WhiteMike Friedrich

    Circulation DirectorBob Brodsky, CookieSoup Periodical Distribution, LLC

    Cover ArtistAlex Ross

    With Special Thanks to:Heidi AmashMrs. Jill BailyMrs. Regina BailyAlberto BecattiniBill BlackDominic BongoRichard BoucherMike BrombergShane FoleyRon FrantzJanet GilbertIan HamerlinckJennifer HamerlinckDavid G. HamiltonRoger HillHeritage ComicsCarmine InfantinoWilliam B. Jones, Jr.Marvin & Barbara

    LevyArthur LortieBruce Mason

    Peter MeskinPhilip MeskinBrian K. MorrisNick NobleEric Nolen-

    WashingtonJohn G. PierceCharlie RobertsBob RogersHerb RogoffAlex RossJ. David SpurlockHenry SteeleMarc SwayzeDann ThomasJim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.Michael VanceDelmo Walters, Jr.Hames WareJerry WeistAlex Wright


    Top right: As noted, the double-size FCAsection for this issue begins on p. 65with a dynamic illustration by Alex Ross. But Alex also sent us pencilversions of several of the drawings thatappear in his piece Call My NameShazam!and we couldnt resist usingone of those on our cavortin contentspage, as well! [Shazam! characters TM &2008 DC Comics.]

  • hird times the charmnot that the first two were anythingto sneeze at, mind you! In December of 2005, A/E #55spotlighted a 1943 calendar created by Alex Wright,

    utilizing Golden Age DC, Quality, and Fawcett super-heroines aspin-ups for a New Year, as portrayed by stars, starlets, andmodels of the World War II years. It was all in fun, and readersloved it and clamored for morenot knowing that, in point offact, the wondrous Mr. Wright had already prepared ampleimages for no less than two more such calendars! In issue #64(Jan. 2007), we were proud and pleased to present Alexs secondtwelvemonth of costumed cutiesthe lovely and lethally-powered ladies of 1940s Timely (future Marvel) Comics.

    This time around, were equally happy toshowcase another delightful dozen of Alexs colossalcompositionswondrous women [mostly] from 40scomic book companies besides DC, Quality,Fawcett, and Marvel! (Yes, believe it or not, therewere other publishers featuring super-doers in thosedaysquite a few of them, in fact!)

    So here we gowith commentary by both Alexand Ye Editor:


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    Ann Blythas Moon Girl

    After appearing on Broadway in LillianHellmans 1941 drama Watch on the Rhine,diminutive Ann Blyth broke into Hollywoodmusicals in 1944 (Chip off the Old Block). Butshe achieved her greatest successand an Oscarnomination for Best Supporting ActressasJoan Crawfords ungrateful daughter in thetearjerker Mildred Pierce in 1945. In 1949 shestarred in both the fantasy movie Mr. Peabodyand the Mermaid (with William Powell)andas herself (who was maybe also a mermaid)alongside Superman, no less, in Action Comics#130 (March 1949)! Here, her likeness is loanedto EC Comics Moon Girl, who starred(moonlighted?) in her own comic from 1947 to1949, written by Gardner Fox and mostlydrawn by Sheldon Moldoffa Wonder Womanwannabe if ever there was one! Alex says: Ichose Moon Girl as Januarys pin-up because anew moon represents a new start. Ann Blythhad a warm smile that seemed right for thecharacter. [Moon Girl TM & 2008 WilliamM. Gaines Agent, Inc.]

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    Yvonne DeCarloas The Woman In Red

    Alex writes: I decided to do a Film Noir-styleValentines Day for February. Yvonne DeCarloalways had a sultry look to her, and I thought shemight suit the role of The Woman in Red.Indeedsince DeCarlo emerged as a star doing atorrid dance in the 1945 film Salome Where SheDanced. She also had a good femme fatale roleopposite Burt Lancaster in Criss Cross, but it is asLily Munster in the 1964-66 TV series TheMunsters that shes most remembered. As for TheWoman in Red, that character can be considered theearliest comic book super-heroine, except that shehad no super-powers, only a mask and costume.She appeared in Pines/Nedors Thrilling Comicsand Americas Best Comics between 1938 and 1945.[Woman in Red TM & 2008 the respectivecopyright holders.]

    Carole Lombardas Lady Luck

    Though Lady Luck appeared in Smash Comicsand its continuation Lady Luck from 1943 to1950, she was owned not by Busy ArnoldsQuality Comics Group but by Will Eisner. Thecomic book stories were merely reprints fromWill Eisners Spirit Section, a newspapersupplement during the 1940s. Marchs biggestholiday is St. Patricks Day, says Alex Wright,and what heroine better embodies the luck ofthe Irish than Lady Luck herself? He couldntresist tossing in her chauffeur, as well. CaroleLombard couldve used some of that fabled luck,even after she became a movie star with 1940sOne Million B.C. Still, she was a pinup favoriteduring World War II, and in 1944 wrote the bookFour Jills in a Jeep based on one of her USO tours,and it was made into a movie that same year.[Lady Luck TM & 2008 Will Eisner Studios,Inc.]


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    6 Third Times The Charm!

  • arvin Levys comics career wasnt overly long, but itsure took some interesting turns along the way.Starting out as an apprentice at the Harry A

    Chesler shop, Marvin also spent time in the Bernard Baily andLloyd Jacquet [Funnies, Inc.] studios, rubbing shoulders withluminaries such as Carmine Infantino, Mort Lawrence, and MacRaboy. Sandwiched around those stops, Marvin freelanced forHarvey Comics, Ziff-Davis, Spark Publications, Centaur, andStandard Publications, before leaving the field for advertising. I found Marvs recollections to be fascinating and occasionallyrevelatory, and I think you will, too. Special thanks to HerbRogoff (Marvins former Ziff-Davis editor and my good friend)for giving me the contact information for Marvin. Jim

    A Burnt-Out (Berndt-Out?) ChristmasMarv Levy, in a Dec. 1997 photo, views his exhibited workincluding art from theChristmas giveaway comic pictured belowas it hangs alongside that of fe