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Brian Cronin has an article here on whether it's true Captain America first threw his shield in a text story Stan Lee wrote in Captain America Comics #3. He holds it is, but I think he misses a point. Apparently, Cap first threw his shield in a comics story in the next issue. Lee was working at Marvel, so he could have seen the story before it was printed and imitated the idea.

The other thing is Cap doesn't just throw his shield: he bounces it off things and it ricochets back to him, and he can throw it so it returns to him like a boomerang. I'm not in a position to say when he first started doing that. It wouldn't surprise me if he never did it before the Silver Age, and the idea was subconsciously inspired by Thor's control over his hammer. But they did come up with cool stuff in the Golden Age, so it could be a Golden Age thing. It does ricochet off the guy Cap throws it at on the #4 page Cronin reproduces.

Another thing: in the Silver Age, and in Kirby's run in the 1970s, Cap could also use his shield to slice things. Sometimes he threw the shield so it sliced through guns. I don't know if he ever did that in the Golden Age either. But for that matter, I can't recall seeing that in the 70s/80s outside Kirby's stories.

I had a look at the one story I have from the mid 50s revival to see if he bounced his shield there. That's the story from Men's Adventures #28 reprinted in Marvel Super-Heroes #12. (I have that issue in an Australian B&W digest reprint.) To my surprise, he has the shield in the splash panel, but not in the story.

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The Models for the Marvels, and Others

This post displaced the thread 'Avengers: Infinity War' (Spoilers) from the homepage.

I would love to see a photo of that Sivana inspiration.



Luke Blanchard said:

The Models for the Marvels, and Others

This post displaced the thread 'Avengers: Infinity War' (Spoilers) from the homepage.

I had heard the Fred MacMurray/Captain Marvel and druggist/Sivana inspirations before but I think the other ones mentioned were new information to me. 

Luke Blanchard said:

The Models for the Marvels, and Others

This post displaced the thread 'Avengers: Infinity War' (Spoilers) from the homepage.

Bridwell's speculation about Sivana and Beck is from Shazam! from the 40's to the 70's. The full quote is as follows:

Eventually, in a story in this volume, it was revealed that Beautia is Sivana's daughter, and his origin was given. Also, his son Magnificus appeared-only to vanish without a trace. One panel, showing a younger Sivana, with hair and a white mustache, is particularly interesting-for more than thirty years later, when I met the artist who drew it, C.C. Beck, he had become a dead ringer for that Sivana shot! (He had already seen some resemblance, for he had sent us a carton showing himself as Sivana. Supposedly he based Sivana on a druggist he knew-but was there a bit of Beck in the character from the first?

The story is the one from Whiz Comics #15. The panel is on the story's last page.

According to that page, Spy Smasher was based on Errol Flynn. Fandral the Dashing was also based on Errol Flynn. I wonder how many other characters share the same inspiration.

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