Friday, March 2, 2007


ROUND ONE: ...Throwing A Car?

Goes To: Superman

Why: He threw it first.

ROUND TWO: ...Stopping Masked Criminals?

Goes To: Superman

Why: Look at the reaction on their faces!

ROUND THREE: ...Abusing Animals?

Goes To: Superman

Why: Check out his right hand... he's gonna give that lion "the cobra"!

ROUND FOUR: ...Giving A Pilot A Hear Attack?

GoesTo: Tie

Why: None of these dudes will ever fly a plane again.

ROUND FIVE: ...Helping Out Santa?

Goes To: Captain Marvel

Why: Cap's way doesn't give jolly ol' Saint Nick a weight complex.

ROUND SIX: ...Paying Attention To Detail?

Goes To: Superman

Why: He's not a petrophile.

ROUND SEVEN: ...Effin' Up Enemy Tanks?

Goes To: Captain Marvel

Why: This is a tough one, but Cap takes it since he's not only flippin' the tank with a single punch, but he's also being fired on by another in the background.

ROUND EIGHT: ...Being An Indian Chief?

Goes To: um, Captain Marvel?

Why: I guess because he looks like he's having more success with it... whatever it is.

ROUND NINE: ...Working With Kids?

Goes To: Disqualification

Why: Cause Supes is a wimp, and Cap's a petrophile.

ROUND TEN: ...Showing Off?

Goes To: Superman

Why: Not only does he mess the cat's teeth up, he gives it "the cobra" just one panel later.

Hey, it's his thing now...

ROUND ELEVEN: ...Rockin' Out?

Goes To: Captain Marvel

Why: Accordian between the knees.

ROUND TWELVE: ...Inspiring The Troops?

Goes To: Who do you think?

Why: >giggle<

Goes To: Captian Marvel

Why: Even though he didn't stike a pose first, he manages to avoid giving away his secret identity on the cover. Way to go, Kent...geez.

Additional Reading:

In the early 50s, National Comics Periodicals (now we call 'em DC) brought a lawsuit against fellow publisher Fawcett Publications citing copyright infringement against their flagship character Superman by Fawcett's mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel.

The case lasted more than a decade, and resulted in Fawcett's ceasing publication on not just Captain Marvel, but their entire comics line.

Some twenty years later, DC purchased the publishing rights to the Fawcett characters and "proudly" reintroduced Captain Marvel and his gang to the world in the pages of a new comics magazine called SHAZAM, and shortly afterwards, in a moderatly successful television show of the same name.

Honestly, I always chalked the whole Superman/Captain Marvel thing up to just weird comics coincidences, like the Doom Patrol coming out right before the X-men, or Man-Thing beating Swamp Thing to the racks by weeks, but looking through the cover indexes over at the

Grand Comics Database, one has to wonder...

Read all the gory legal details here...


Hiawatha Wheelwright said...

Very cool. I think Superman should win the tank-toss though. Why? Because he is being shot at by that gattling gun, while that other tank on the Captain Marvel cover is just in the background, not actually firing at him.

Chad Bowers said...

That's a good point.

But Cap hit that tank so hard it knocked the drivers out the top.

Anonymous said...

Awesomest post I've seen in a while.

But I don't know, I give car toss to Cap. Sure, Superman did it first, but with great effort. Cap skips it like a stone, and it goes much further. Superman's car-throw i smore like a toppling.

Chris Sims said...

"Petrophile" cracked me up noisily, Chad. Rock on.

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