The Captain That Split the Scene

Captain Marvel Split! by Mark LewisIt won’t come as any sur­prise to long­time vis­i­tors of my site to hear this, but most of my friends know that when you say the words “Cap­tain Mar­vel” to me, my default set­ting is to think of the orig­i­nal Faw­cett char­ac­ter. How­ever, this ain’t him!

This Cap­tain Mar­vel is an android. His comic debuted in 1966, pub­lished by M.F. Enter­prises, 13 years after Faw­cett pub­lished their last adven­ture of the orig­i­nal Cap­tain Marvel.

So what does this Cap­tain Mar­vel do? He seems to have a lot of the usual super­hero pow­ers: strength, flight, etc. But his real call­ing card is that when he says his magic word (“Split!”), he can detach parts of his body at will and have them fly around and do his bid­ding. A unique power, to be sure, but more than a lit­tle odd. To rejoin, he speaks his other magic word, “Xam!”

In look­ing for a fresh take on this Cap­tain, I thought it was such an odd­ball con­cept that it might have been better-suited to Sat­ur­day Morn­ing car­toons. So I started to re-imagine it as the kind of semi-comedic super­hero adven­ture car­toon that back then would’ve fit in well along­side Hanna-Barbera shows like Franken­stein Jr., The Impos­si­bles, or Atom Ant. Since those shows appeared as Gold Key comics, that seemed a good place for my re-imagined Cap­tain Mar­vel too.

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4 Responses to The Captain That Split the Scene

  1. Lyle Dodd says:

    Doesn’t his magic word make it dif­fi­cult to order at an Ice Cream Par­lor?
    “I want a banana split.…oops!”

    Those old Gold Key cov­ers that you do sure bring back memories.….nice job!

    • Mark says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I had a few of those Gold Key comics when I was younger. I think I actu­ally appre­ci­ate the artistry that went into some of those books even more now than I did then.

  2. I think this is per­fect! I some­how have a feel­ing that humor­ous sto­ries by Gold Key would have been a ton lot bet­ter than the ones told by MF Enterprises!

    • Mark says:

      I’m glad you like it, Cap­tain. Yeah, it just seemed to me that the odd­ity of that ver­sion of the char­ac­ter would lend itself bet­ter to more of a car­toony ver­sion, ala Hanna-Barbera.

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