Captain Marvel Jr. 19, 1944

Captain Marvel Jr. 19, 1944

This cover has a lot going for it! It always reminds me of the movie Dr. Strangelove and the scene at the end where Slim Pickens rides that atom bomb down to it's target. Was this comic Kubrik's inspiration? Maybe it was! The artist, Mac Raboy, was a master of dramatic composition and this cover shows why! Diagonal lines dominate the layout and draw the eye right to the impending point of impact. Raboy had a natural, realistic style that was in marked contrast to the 'cartoony' drawings of other comic artists of the time. In radical departure from the artistic conventions of the day Raboy actually drew Cap Jr. as if he were a real boy.

Another point of interest: due to wartime rationing this comic has only one staple. I bet they saved a LOT of steel from the one staple per comic! (Yeah, right.)