Fawcett's Captain Marvel has arguably the most celebrated publishing history of any superhero. Created during the 1940's the character spearheaded Fawcett's comics line-up and proved to be massively successful, more so even than DC's Superman. So DC came knocking with one of their lawsuits and ultimately when comics had dwindled a bit, Fawcett gave up publishing Captain Marvel. Decades later in perhaps the greatest single irony in comics publishing, DC bought those rights and put out their own Captain Marvel comics. To that end Cap found his way into several of DC's over-sized Limited Collector's Editions.
|Notice that Oksner kept the clouds from the original Beck source, but they didn't make the final cut.|
The art for this issue's cover was done by Bob Oksner, a fact I don't think I realized until I found this original artwork online. I've always loved this pose featuring (impossibly) both the "Big Red Cheese" and his alter ego Billy Batson which was originally done by Beck many years before.
|C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza|
|Cap Meets the Old Red Cheese by Newton and Dan Adkins|
|Homage by John Lucas|
This is an action filled comic which is notable for its stunning craftsmanship by Starlin and for the fact that it features for the first time in full reveal the mad Titan Thanos.
For more work by the artist John Lucas who did the homage above, go here.