Comic Book Legends Revealed #486
COMIC LEGEND: A Brazil comic book teamed up Captain Marvel with the original Human Torch in 1964.
As we’ve discussed a few times over the years, while nowadays countries like Brazil have official deals with Marvel and DC to reprint their books, back in the old days things were a little faster and looser. While a major company like DC Comics might have the legal wherewithal to go after comic publishers in other countries for using their characters without permission, smaller companies would not. And especially stuff like DEFUNCT companies, like Fawcett Comics.
When Fawcett stopped making Captain Marvel comics in the United States in the early 1950s, other countries still had a demand for new Captain Marvel stories. In England, they just created Marvelman to keep the stories going. In Brazil, though, they just continued making Captain Marvel comics on their own.
This led to an awesome comic book stories in 1964 where artist Rodriguez Telis teamed up Captain Marvel with the Human Torch, whose Golden Age stories had been reprinted in Brazil years earlier but had not appeared in well over a decade. So in the comic, we learn that the Torch has been a prisoner for years (which is why Brazil readers hadn’t seen him in years) and is freed by Captain Marvel.
Alter Ego (who were notified by John G. Pierce) ran stories translated and lettered by Mark Luebter with modern art restoration by Matt Moring in Alter Ego #54-60.
Here are a small sampling. Be sure to buy those issues of Alter Ego to get the FULL bizarre story!
They never DID find Toro.
Thanks to Alter Ego, John G. Pierce, Mark Luebter and Matt Moring for the awesome slice of comic book history!