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Captain Marvel Jr.

Captain Marvel, Jr. #40 is an issue of the series Captain Marvel, Jr. (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1946.

Appearing in "The Boy Who Couldn't Grow Up"

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Appearing in "The Principal Draws Interest"

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Appearing in "Captain Marvel, Jr. Puts on the Pressure"

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Appearing in "Captain Marvel, Jr. Faces a Grave Situation"

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  • Newsboys Club

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  • Bernardo, sculptor

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  • Alexander Thompson, banker (Appears only as a corpse)
  • Mrs. Thompson
  • Humphrey Hogan, banker (Appears only as a corpse)
  • Mrs. Hogan
  • John Bradford, banker (Appears only as a corpse)
  • Mrs. Bradford

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  • sculpted figures of Thompson, Hogan, and Bradford

Synopsis for "Captain Marvel, Jr. Faces a Grave Situation"

Three bankers are killed in an accident, and a mentally ill sculptor, "the Great Bernardo," cashes in on this by sculpting perfect likenesses of the three dead men, and selling them to their grieving families.

Meanwhile Freddy Freeman is admitted into the Newsboys Club, and his initiation is to walk thru the local cemetery at night. Freddy stumbles into an open grave, climbs out, and reads the name on the headstone, "Alexander Thompson," which he recognizes as one of the three late bankers. Scouting around, he finds John Bradford's grave, also empty, then finds signs of digging at the third grave, becomes suspicious, and attempts to Marvel up, but instead gets whacked unconscious, from behind, with a shovel. The shoveler then grabs a huge, heavy coffin, and drags it out of the ground with his bare hands.

After some time passes the Newsboys Club gets worried about Freddy, and looks around the graveyard, find him, and revive him. After they've gone their separate ways, Freddy lightnings up and Captain Marvel, Junior, investigates this mystery, visiting each of the three new widows. He notices the life-sized sculptures at two of their homes, and is told by the third widow that she also has ordered a replica of her late husband. Junior visits the Great Bernardo at his dumpy basement apartment, and in order to be inconspicuous he un-Marvels himself back into Freddy. So he gets hit in the head with a mallet, and knocked out again.

The secret of the Great Bernardo's perfect replicas turns out to be that he has robbed the graves of his subjects, and used their remains, and a cauldron full of molten copper, to form the statues. Bernardo prepares to use this treatment on unconscious Freddy, when very luckily the first few drops of molten metal burn thru Freddy's cloth gag but not his face, and he transforms into Cap Junior just in time. Bernardo avoids capture by diving into the boiling cauldron.

The next night, Freddy finishes his initiation, and joins the Newsboy Club.

Notes

  • Grave Situation
    • Captain Marvel Jr. breaks the Fourth Wall to introduce the fourth story.
    • The sculptor pulls a loaded coffin out of the ground by himself, with his bare hands, therefore he is as strong as a tractor.
    • The mailbox, in the crappy apartment building where Bernardo lives in the basement, is labelled "The Great Bernardo."
    • The bottom 1/3 of the last page is an advertisement for Fawcett's Funny Animals.

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