Captain Marvel is 75!

Captain Marvel at 75I was just giv­en leave to post this draw­ing. This year’s the 75th Anniver­sary of the orig­i­nal Cap­tain Mar­vel. FCA Edi­tor Paul Hamer­linck (for whom I’ve done sev­er­al cov­ers over the years, a num­ber of which can be found here on my site) was writ­ing an essay in hon­or of Cap’s 75th for Jon B. Cooke’s Com­ic Book Cre­ator mag­a­zine. Paul asked if I would like to con­tribute an illus­tra­tion to poten­tial­ly accom­pa­ny his essay, and left it up to me what to do. A 75-year-old Cap seemed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly like both an unex­pect­ed and yet obvi­ous way to go.

I wasn’t sure if either Paul or Jon would go for this idea. Maybe it would be a lit­tle too weird for a trib­ute. But I guess their sens­es of humor must some­times go a lit­tle towards the weird too.

Paul’s essay, accom­pa­nied by my illus­tra­tion, will be appear­ing in issue #10 of Com­ic Book Cre­ator, ship­ping in Novem­ber to your fin­er local comics shops every­where.

Thanks, guys! This was fun!

Hap­py 75th, Cap!

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2 Responses to Captain Marvel is 75!

  1. John G. Pierce says:

    Well done, Mark — although I’d like to think that Cap wouldn’t have quite so many lines and wrin­kles at 75! Or maybe none at all. Bil­ly might, how­ev­er. How would a per­son age if he spends part of his time in an alter­nate body ? Or.… Or we could for­get all of that and just have some fun with the whole thing! Which is what you did here.

    • Mark says:

      I’m glad you like it, John!

      Yeah, I wouldn’t think Cap­tain Mar­vel would actu­al­ly age in comics (unless the writ­ers did a sto­ry where that hap­pened. Hmm; would’ve been inter­est­ing to see what Otto Binder might have done with that). But going absolute­ly lit­er­al for this 75th Anniver­sary piece just seemed like the right way to go, to try to do some­thing fun­ny and dif­fer­ent.

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