COMICS, COMIX, & THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. by Don L. F. Nilsen and Alleen Pace Nilsen. The first comic book appeared in 1933. Little Lulu appeared in the 1930s. The cost of each comic book was a dime (10 cents). You can tell the age of a comic book by looking at the price.
by Don L. F. Nilsen and
Alleen Pace Nilsen
The original Captain Marvel (the character on the right) was published by Fawcett Comics and outsold Superman in the 1940s.
In retaliation, DC Comics sued Fawcett Comics out of business in the 1950s.
As a result, the name “Captain Marvel” was up for grabs and Marvel Comics purchased the rights to the name, resulting in the character on the left.
Ironically, DC Comics in the 1970s purchased the original Captain Marvel character, but could not put his name on a front cover.
So, the comic was called Shazam (after the wizard who granted Captain Marvel his powers).
Today, Marvel’s Captain Marvel is now a woman, and DC Comics’ Captain Marvel is the character who was Captain Marvel, Jr. in the 1940s.
(Mintz in Raskin  290)
Members of the International Museum of Cartoon Art’s Hall of Fame include:
Walt Kelly’s “Simple J. Malarkey” alluded to Senator McCarthy.When newspapers said they would no longer show Malarkey’s head, Kelly placed a brown paper bag over his head.