|One the 1930s were over, the comic book was well and truly established as a publishing force. Pioneers DC Comics found themselves in an overcrowded field. By far the biggest threat was Fawcett Comics.||Fawcett published Superman's biggest rival, Captain Marvel. Armed with the same powers as Superman, Marvel was a young boy who transformed to Marvel by uttering the magic word, "Shazam!"||Captain Marvel was soon outselling Superman by some margin and the only way DC were able to stop it was legally. They brought a lawsuit and finally put Captain Marvel out of business in the early 1950s.|
|Whiz Comics 2 (1940)
Superman's biggest rival, Captain Marvel, appeared in issue 2 of Whiz Comics - there never was an issue 1 - as with Action Comics 1, the hero here is wrecking a car with his bear hands ...
|All-Star Comics 3 (1940)
The first comic in which superheroes met and worked together, All Star 3 (Winter 1940), called "A breakthrough concept, second only in importance to the introduction of the superhero", by Bob Overstreet, author of the Comic Book Price Guide.
|Captain America 1 (1941)
This comic is historically important not just because it marked the debut of a major comic book character, but also because Captain America is shown fighting Hitler, months before the US entered the Second World War.
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