Captain Marvel Adventures

Fawcett // [March] 1941 - November 1953
Issue count: 150

Fawcett's most popular character, after his debut in Whiz Comics, CAPT.MARVEL was given his own title in 1941. He almost gave Superman a run for his money! Many of his 40's books are very valuable! Check prices using our online price guide!

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Captain Marvel Adventures

Wilford Fawcett was quite a character, and, for the most part, a self-made man.


Born in Ontario, Canada in 1885, his family, at some point during his childhood, immigrated to Minnesota. When he was 16, he ran away from home to fight in the Spanish-American War, where he was stationed in the Philippines.


Having made it through relatively unscathed, he decided to be a reporter for the Minneapolis Journal, until the Great War came along. Because of his previous military service, he was able to assume the rank of Captain - and also acquired the nickname “Captain Billy.”


While working for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, he somewhere along the way became enamored with cartoons and humor of a slightly off-color nature ( you know those soldiers). And it was after his discharge that he made the decision to enter the publishing arena in conjunction with his sons.


Fawcett’s initial offering was a humor magazine featuring mostly humorous stories, limericks and a few single page illustrations (at first). Although most of what is recollected about “Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang” characterizes the general tone as being of a “bawdy” nature, upon review, the content was actually pretty mild by today’s standard. It was certainly more of a general humor pulp - mostly text -  than the sexually explicit “8-pagers” or “Tijuana Bibles” that were floating around in the 20’s underground…


Whiz Bang by all accounts was actually fairly popular, and despite the fact that Fawcett was given to inflating his own sales figures, it allowed him and his sons to expand in the 30’s, moving on to publish other popular pulps as well as magazines like Mechanix Illustrated, Screen Secrets, Daring Detective, and most notably True Confessions, which reported sales in the millions each month!


Captain Billy was such a success as a pulp publisher in the 1930’s, that he built a huge home called the Breezy Point Resort, where he rubbed shoulders with and entertained movie and sports stars and prominent political figures.


1939 was the boom year for comic books, and Fawcett followed suit by engaging writer William Parker and artist C.C. Beck to come up with a character to rival Superman. That costumed hero was, of course, Captain Marvel, and he was introduced in Whiz Comics #2 (a sly reference to ”…Whiz Bang”) in December of 1939 (cover date Feb. 1940). Unfortunately, Wilford “Captain Billy” Fawcett did not live to see the immense popularity that Captain Marvel enjoy in the coming decade, as he died in February 1940.


Nor did he survive to see the superhero empire that his sons would build in the 40’s. Although they had other popular hero books, there was never any doubt that it was Captain Marvel that anchored Fawcett’s success.


The twist to the character Captain Marvel, was that before Captain Billy died, he is attributed to coming up with the idea that it should be a “kid that turned into a Superhero.” His thinking was that this would resonate more with their juvenile target readers. So Parker and Beck followed orders and came up with the character of young Billy Batson, a typical orphaned newsboy in a major metropolitan city.


Billy stumbles upon an ancient wizard, named Shazam, who deems young Batson worthy to inherit his many powers of the Gods. Shazam is dying, and Earth needs a champion to battle against the many injustices of humanity. Batson’s down. So now when he utters the name SHAZAM! he transforms into the adult Captain Marvel, and has all the strengths of the Gods in the acronym : S (the wisdom of Solomon), H (the strength of Hercules), A (the stamina of Atlas), Z (the power of Zeus), A (the courage of Achilles), M (the speed of Mercury).


Fawcett had their “Superman,” and Whiz Comics featuring Captain Marvel’s exploits was leaping off the racks. So Fawcett did what all the other publishers were doing with their hit characters - they gave him his own 68-page quarterly dedicated to presenting (almost) only Captain Marvel stories. Thus, Captain Marvel Adventures went on sale in March of 1941, a little over a year after his Whiz debut.


By all accounts, Captain Marvel Adventures was a great seller. But there was a grim shadow hanging over any success the character and books enjoyed…


From 1941 and the twelve years following, DC/National Comics remained a thorn in the Fawcett companies' side, continually filling suit against them for copyright infringement (Captain Marvel was too much like Superman, was the claim), which Fawcett always seemed to win or get dismissed on technicalities.


But despite spawning an entire “Marvel” Family around the good Captain, including the very popular Captain Marvel, Jr., DC eventually wore down Fawcett’s legal defenses, and Fawcett was ordered to cease publication of all Captain Marvel-related material in 1953.


In reality, and with the perspective of time, Captain Marvel as a comic book character really was very different than Superman, often displaying a whimsy, sense of humor, and characature-ish feel than Superman comics would achieve, until forced to take a more humorous tone after the big superhero boom of the 1940’s.


Captain Marvel Adventures was quite a ride, and highly recommended. The 40’s run of both Whiz and CMA featuring him are still highly valued in the collectors market, and mid to higher grade original issues are getting more scarce as time goes on…

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Issue #1

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #1 worth in 2021?

Captain Marvel Adventures #1 probably does not exist in any grade higher than FN 6.0 due to the extremely poor paper quality it was printed on.  The highest graded copy according to the CGC census is a CGC VG/FN 5.0 which last sold for $38,000 back in 2016.  As of this writing, there are 33 unrestored copies on the CGC census, but almost all are VG 4.0 condition or below.  Whiz Comics #1 is the first appearance of Captain Marvel and is the better investment in our opinion.  This issue's future price appreciation is very speculative, but if you come across a copy in mid grade for a reasonable price point, don't hesitate to pull the trigger!

Why is this comic book valuable?

Following the huge success of Shazam! in Whiz Comics, Fawcett decided to trot out Captain Marvel Adventures in 1941.  Captain Marvel Adventures was a long running title that lasted until 1953.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$8,500 $30,000 $45,000 $90,000 $280,000 $38,240

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Issue #2

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #2 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $8,365 in 2017 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC VF 8.0 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $828 in 2003. The GD 2.0 went for $311 in 2013.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The original C. C. Beck cover listed the issue number as #3, not as #2, which means that the original numbering counted Special Edition Comics as the real issue #1. George Tuska (Crime Does Not Pay, Captain Marvel, Iron Man) drew the art for this 1941 issue of Captain Marvel Adventures.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$400 $900 $1,600 $3,200 $10,000 $8,375

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Issue #3

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #3 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $11,950 in 2014 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $412 in 2012, then climbed up to $1,150. The GD 2.0 went for $200 in 2009, and currently sells for $239.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The issue features a partial metallic silver cover designed by C.C. Beck, the co-creator of Captain Marvel and Doctor Sivana. In this issue, Captain Marvel must defeat Doctor Sivana before he can conquer New York with paralyzing gas!

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$240 $400 $1,150 $2,075 $7,850 $11,950

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Issue #4

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #4 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Captain Marvel Adventures #4 is $6,573. This value is based on the highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction, a 9.4 NM from the Edgar Church (Mile High) pedigree sold in May 2015. An unrestored 9.4 has a February 2014 value of $5,617. An unrestored 8.0 has an August 2020 value of $1,050, which is a decrease from its peak December 2015 price of $1,135.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The marvelous superhero faces off against Sub-Mariner in Captain Marvel Adventures #4, published in October 1941 by Fawcett Publications. Billy Batson must rescue the Three Lieutenant Marvels when Sivana attempts to kill the undercover Captain Marvel. Don’t miss the full-page advertisement for Silver Surfer #1. 

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$250 $600 $1,075 $2,000 $7,625 $6,575

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Issue #5

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #5 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $10,158 in 2009 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. A FN+ 6.5 went for $355 in 2002, then climbed up to $697. The GD 2.0 went for $150 in 2007, and according to the 2019 Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, it would go for $177 nowadays.

Why is this comic book valuable?

“Captain Marvel Adventures #5” (1941) is the first appearance of Captain Kid. In his first appearance, the new hero proves his might by defeating a bear and removing it from his hometown.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$175 $410 $700 $1,350 $4,800 $10,150

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Issue #6

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #6 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $2,390 in 2011 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) Pedigree CGC VF+ 8.5 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $179 in 2012, then climbed up to $456. The GD/VG 3.0 went for $104 in 2009, and currently sells for $138.

Why is this comic book valuable?

This issue is the first appearance of Hogarth. Also notable, is the C.C. Beck cover that provides a great, simple explanation of the origin of the S.H.A.Z.A.M. acronym, which stands for the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$125 $260 $460 $800 $2,400 $2,400

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Issue #7

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #7 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $7,800 in 2018 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) Pedigree CGC NM/MT 9.8 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $263 in 2011, and currently sells for $275 today. The GD+ 2.5 went for $96 in 2010, and then climbed up to $125. However, there is no public record of sale of a low-grade copy of this comic after 2012, so the value may have increased today (especially with the 2019 release of Shazam!).

Why is this comic book valuable?

The American comic book artist Charles “C.C.” Beck (1910 - 1989) did the cover and interior art for this 1942 issue of Captain Marvel Adventures. Beck is best known for his work on the Captain Marvel (and other Marvel Family) stories at Fawcett Comics and DC Comics.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$80 $170 $280 $600 $2,000 $7,800

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Issue #8

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #8 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $4,780 in 2006 for a CGC NM/MT 9.8 grade. According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the minimum price a FN 6.0 will sell for is $12. However, it is likely a copy in the mid-grades will net a much higher value nowadays — for example, a VG/FN 5.0 was recently sold for $780 through Heritage Auctions. Similarly, the minimum price of a GD 2.0 is $4, but it probably goes for more right now.

Why is this comic book valuable?

Ibac — which is an acronym of Ivan the Terrible, Borgia, Attila the Hun, and Caligul — makes his first appearance in this issue. Ibac, who was created by writer Otto Binder and artist C.C. Beck, is one of the few Fawcett Comics' villains that is still around today under the DC Comics banner.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$125 $200 $400 $925 $2,800 $4,780

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Issue #9

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #9 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $6,200 in 2013 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) Pedigree CGC NM 9.4 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $215 in 2007, and the price of a mid-grade copy has remained steady over the decades. The GD/VG 3.0 went for $115 in 2007, and currently sells for $52.

Why is this comic book valuable?

This 1942 issue is the first time that the Captain Marvel Adventures script was written by Otto Binder. Although Binder is best known as the co-creator of Supergirl, he was also the main scripter for Captain Marvel Adventures, writing 451 of the 618 stories. He was also the main scripter of other comics involving the Marvel Family.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$75 $160 $350 $850 $2,450 $6,200

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Issue #10

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #10 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $3,374 in 2011 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) Pedigree CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. According to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the minimum a FN 6.0 will sell for is $396, and the minimum a GD 2.0 will sell for is $132.

Why is this comic book valuable?

C.C. Beck's war cover depicting Captain Marvel coming to the rescue during WWII is a great example of how comics effectively use current events to sell books.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$75 $175 $310 $600 $1,900 $4,500

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Issue #11

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #11 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $6,049 in 2019 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) Pedigree CGC NM 9.4 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $225 in 2015, then climbed up to $310. A VG+ 4.5 (the lowest grade with a public record of sale) was sold for the value of $189 in 2018; however, the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide estimates that a GD 2.0 retails around $103 nowadays.

Why is this comic book valuable?

This issue is listed as “Mighty Midget Comics” in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, which is the primary in-print comic book price guide and reference source for comic book collectors. Additionally, this comic is an easy sell to a WWII comic collector as it features a C.C. Beck WWII cover.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$75 $160 $325 $525 $1,800 $6,050

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Issue #12

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #12 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $5,803 in 2013 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $201 in 2004, then climbed up to $360. The GD/VG 3.0 went for $130 in 2015.

Why is this comic book valuable?

In this issue, Captain Marvel joins the army so that he can fight Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, and Hideki Tojo. The classic war cover by Marc Swayze features Captain Marvel running through a barbed wire fence as bullets bounces off him

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$75 $140 $360 $650 $1,500 $5,800

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Issue #18

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #18 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $10,000 in 2019 for a CGC VF- 7.5 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $750 in 2008, then climbed up to $4,302. The GD+ 2.5 went for $248 in 2002, and currently sells for $2,000.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The key issue contains the first appearance and origin story of Mary Marvel (created by Marcus Swayze) as well as the first time the term the "Marvel Family" was used. In the issue, Billy Batson (Captain Marvel) discovers a young girl, Mary, who has a half of a locket that he has the other half to, confirming the fact that Billy and Mary are actually twins! In fact, this issue is also valuable because of C.C. Beck's classic painted cover heralding the first appearance of Billy's long-lost twin sister.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$1,500 $2,825 $4,500 $8,500 $22,000 $10,000

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Issue #21

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #21 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $7,768 in 2009 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) Pedigree CGC NM/MT 9.8 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $403 in 2015. The VG- 3.5 went for $103 in 2009, and currently sells for the price of $500.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The cover of this issue is an image of Captain Marvel using an Honesty Ray on Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goering, and Hermann Goebbels. Additionally, there are Fawcett Comix Cards on the back cover of this comic.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$200 $410 $700 $1,350 $3,800 $7,775

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Issue #22

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #22 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $5,700 in 2011 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $250 in 2003. However, the VG 4.0 went for $164 in 2011.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The Monster Society of Evil serial begins in this issue. When Captain Marvel tries to stop Captain Nazi from stealing a precious jewel, he learns that the Nazi is stealing on behalf of a larger criminal organization headed by the villain Mister Mind (first appearance is as a voice on the radio). In this issue, Adolf Hitler also makes an appearance.

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$300 $600 $1,100 $2,200 $5,800 $5,700

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Issue #26

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #26 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $2,629 in 2015 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $235 in 2012, then climbed up to $495. And, the lowest grade on public record to have sold is the VG/FN 5.0, which went for the value of $178 in 2007.

Why is this comic book valuable?

In Chapter Five of the Monster Society of Evil serial, Mr. Mind is revealed as a worm for the first time in a subtle two panel cameo. Additionally, Captain Marvel visits Seattle, Washington.

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$80 $200 $400 $800 $2,250 $2,625

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Issue #29

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #29 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $2,151 in 2014 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC NM+ 9.6 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $89 in 2007. And, a VG+ 4.5 went for $75 in 2002, and currently sells for $330.

Why is this comic book valuable?

In Chapter Eight of the Monster Society of Evil serial, Captain Marvel visits Portland, Oregon to fight Mister Mind’s monsters. After Captain Marvel defeats the monsters, the villain flees to China where he teams up with his allies Smashi (first appearance), Hashi (first appearance), and Peeyu (first appearance) to animate the Great Wall and turn it against the Chinese army. This epic issue is the first time that Mister Mind appeared on the cover of the series.

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$75 $150 $250 $480 $1,500 $2,150

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Issue #35

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #35 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $1,135 in 2018 for an Edgar Church (Mile High) CGC VF/NM 9.0 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $275 in 2004, then climbed up to $400. The VG- 3.5 went for $61 in 2017, and currently sells for $99.

Why is this comic book valuable?

In Chapter 14 of the Monster Society of Evil serial, Captain Marvel visits Indianapolis, Indiana. This issue is also the origin and first appearance of the Fawcett Publication’s character Radar, the International Policeman.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
$50 $100 $170 $350 $950 $1,125

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Issue #48

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #48 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $333 in 2008 for a Davis Crippen "D" Copy Collection CGC VF/NM 9.0 grade. A FN+ 6.5 went for $96 in 2013, and then climbed up to the value of $96. And, in 2015, a GD/VG 3.0 went for $35 in 2015.

Why is this comic book valuable?

This 1945 issue is the last appearance of Steamboat Bill, who stopped appearing in comics after protests from readers concerning the character's racial stereotyping. In Steamboat’s last appearance, he eats cake that may cause nightmares.

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$20 $40 $70 $110 $320 $300

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Issue #80

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #80 worth in 2021?

The record sale was $3,585 in 2014 for a CGC NM 9.4 grade. A FN 6.0 went for $150 in 2003, then climbed up to $192. Nowadays, a VG- 3.5 sells for $107.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The origin of how Billy Batson became Captain Marvel is retold in this 1948 issue. Doctor Sivana creates time traveling pills so that he can go back in time to kill Bily Batson before he becomes Captain Marvel. However, when Sivana forgets what he is doing in the past, Batson is again transformed into Captain Marvel. The origin scene is depicted on the iconic C. C. Beck cover.

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$60 $110 $190 $480 $1,500 $3,575

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Issue #100

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #100 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Captain Marvel Adventures #100 is unknown. The highest-rated copy to sell publicly is an unrestored 9.0 with a November 2016 value of $400. An unrestored 7.5 has an April 2019 value of $274, and an unrestored 6.5 sold for the price of $147 in September 2020, which is a decrease from its July 2019 value of $200. 

Why is this comic book valuable?

The origin story of Captain Marvel is retold in Captain Marvel Adventures #100, published by Fawcett Publications in September 1949. Tawky Tawny and Shazam make an appearance, and the cover of this issue has a unique metallic cover. 

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$40 $80 $175 $325 $975 $470

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Issue #150

What's Captain Marvel Adventures #150 worth in 2021?

The mint condition value of Captain Marvel Adventures #150 is unknown. The highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction is an unrestored 9.2 that sold for the price of $960 in March 2018. An unrestored 8.5 has a September 2016 value of $947, and an unrestored 7.5 sold for the cost of $380 in August 2020, which is a decrease from its peak September 2007 value of $515.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The grand finale of our hero is told in Captain Marvel Adventures #150, published in November 1953 by Fawcett Publications. A witch attempts to prevent Captain Marvel from stopping her new wave of magic by marrying the hero. Captain Kid meets a supposed escaped lunatic, and Captain Marvel must stop Sivana in the multi-chapter tale of “The World of Too Many Sivanas.”

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$50 $90 $175 $310 $950 $950

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