Fawcett Publications était un éditeur de comics, créé en 1919 par Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett (1885-1940) dont la filiale Fawcett Comics publia les aventures de Captain Marvel dans les années 1940 et 1950, et qui cessa son activité en 1953. Aujourd'hui, les droits appartiennent à DC Comics.

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  • Fawcett Publications était un éditeur de comics, créé en 1919 par Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett (1885-1940) dont la filiale Fawcett Comics publia les aventures de Captain Marvel dans les années 1940 et 1950, et qui cessa son activité en 1953. Aujourd'hui, les droits appartiennent à DC Comics.
  • Fawcett Publications was an American publishing company founded in 1919 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota by Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett (1885–1940). At the age of 16, Fawcett ran away from home to join the Army, and the Spanish-American War took him to the Philippines. Back in Minnesota, he became a police reporter for the Minneapolis Journal. While a World War I Army captain, Fawcett's experience with the Army publication Stars and Stripes gave him the notion to get into publishing, and his bawdy cartoon and joke magazine, Captain Billy's Whiz Bang, became the launch pad for a vast publishing empire embracing magazines, comic books and paperback books.The title Captain Billy's Whiz Bang combined Fawcett's military moniker with the nickname of a destructive World War I artillery shell. According to one account, the earliest issues were mimeographed pamphlets, typed on a borrowed typewriter and peddled around Minneapolis by Captain Billy and his four sons. However, in Captain Billy's version, he stated that when he began publishing in October, 1919, he ordered a print run of 5,000 copies because of the discount on a large order compared with rates for only several hundred copies. Distributing free copies of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang to wounded veterans and his Minnesota friends, he then circulated the remaining copies to newsstands in hotels. With gags like, "AWOL means After Women Or Liquor", the joke book caught on, and in 1921, Captain Billy made the highly inflated claim that his sales were "soaring to the million mark."The book Humor Magazines and Comic Periodicals notes:Few periodicals reflect the post-WW I cultural change in American life as well as Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. To some people [it] represented the decline of morality and the flaunting of sexual immodesty; to others it signified an increase in openness. For much of the 1920s, Captain Billy’s was the most prominent comic magazine in America with its mix of racy poetry and naughty jokes and puns, aimed at a small-town audience with pretensions of "sophistication".Captain Billy's Whiz Bang is immortalized in the lyrics to the song "Trouble" from Meredith Willson's The Music Man (1957): "Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz Bang?" Yet this is an anachronism, since The Music Man takes place in River City, Iowa, during 1912, seven years before the magazine's premiere issue. A similar anachronism occurs in the premiere episode of the 1966-67 television series The Time Tunnel. Titled "Rendezvous with Yesterday" and set aboard the RMS Titanic (again 1912), in one of the scenes set in the Marconigram office, a copy of Captain Billy's Whiz Bang is seen lying on one of the desks.
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  • Fawcett Publications était un éditeur de comics, créé en 1919 par Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett (1885-1940) dont la filiale Fawcett Comics publia les aventures de Captain Marvel dans les années 1940 et 1950, et qui cessa son activité en 1953. Aujourd'hui, les droits appartiennent à DC Comics.
  • Fawcett Publications was an American publishing company founded in 1919 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota by Wilford Hamilton "Captain Billy" Fawcett (1885–1940). At the age of 16, Fawcett ran away from home to join the Army, and the Spanish-American War took him to the Philippines. Back in Minnesota, he became a police reporter for the Minneapolis Journal.
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