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Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940), the first appearance of Captain Marvel. Cover art by C C Beck.
Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940), the first appearance of Captain Marvel. Cover art by C C Beck.

Whiz Comics was a monthly ongoing comic book anthology series, which was published by Fawcett Comics from February 1940 to June 1952, best known for introducing Captain Marvel. The first issue published of Whiz Comics was issue #2. As explained in the 2007 edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (pp 592-593), Fawcett created two black-and-white ashcan #1 issues to solicit advertisers and to secure the copyrights to the material. The two copies were identical but carried different titles: Flash Comics and Thrill Comics; the Captain Marvel character was called Captain Thunder. When Fawcett went to press with the magazine, the first issue was retitled as Whiz Comics #2, a name inspired by the company's bawdy humor magazine, Captain Billy's Whiz Bang. The cover art for the first issue showed Captain Marvel throwing a vehicle and was inspired by the cover of Action Comics No. 1.

It contained the following features depicting adventures of various superhero characters:

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