Happy Birthday to Captain Marvel co-creator William “Bill” H. Parker, Jr.!
Born on April 1st, 1899, Parker was 40 years old when he co-created Captain Marvel with artist C.C. Beck.
Parker joined Fawcett Publications in 1937, where he would go on to do work as a writer, colorist, and editor. Due to World War II, Parker’s tenure on Captain Marvel comics was short-lived, but he would become no less a notable name in creating the king of superhero powerhouse characters of the 1940’s.
In September of 1939, it was the wish of Fawcett higher-ups to get into the superhero comics genre, so Parker and Beck co-created Captain Marvel, with Parker supplying the ideas and Beck artistically conceptualizing them.
Parker and Beck came up with several different variations of the character. At one point, the character was called Captain Thunder and possessed a lightning tipped wand of vast powers and lightning spurs no his boot. No matter the version, the character was always called Captain Thunder, would be a dual character where his alter ego was a small boy, and his costume would have a military theme due to his title of Captain.
It would be a couple of months until Parker and Beck finally settled on the version that they would publish as Captain Marvel in WHIZ Comics #2, which debuted on newsstands on December 1st, 1939.
Parker passed away in 1963.
Thank you, Mr. Parker, for giving us one of the most endearing and enduring characters today.
As always, Shazam!