WHIZ Comics (1940)
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Publication Date: January 1940 - June 1953
Country: United States
Perhaps as a pre-cursor to Fawcett's problems with DC, the first issue of this series was named, Flash Comics, but was only produced as an ashcan. When copyright application failed, thanks to DC, the series continued as WHIZ Comics.
Note that the titular "WHIZ" isn't a word, but the call sign of the radio station at which Billy Batson is made a reporter in Issue #2. In other words, these are the comic books of radio station WHIZ.
Numbering on this series is slightly confusing due to two phenomena. The first issue, and the only one actually cover-numbered "#1" was, as we've said, actually entitled Flash Comics. This name made sense because the main character at the time was called Captain Thunder, not Captain Marvel. But it was not a name that could endure because of DC's Flash.
This ashcan was not released to the general public, but it existed in the minds of the publisher as the "first issue". Thus the newly titled WHIZ Comics started with issue #2.
This is simple enough to understand.
However, when they got to #3, Fawcett, through either mistake or intent, used the number twice. Thus, if viewed from the perspective of the second number 3 (and, therefore, all the issues that followed it), WHIZ #2 unofficially became WHIZ #1.
Consequently, many indices and scholarly works will speak of a "WHIZ Comics #1", by which they almost always are referencing what is cover-numbered WHIZ Comics #2.
Number of issues cataloged: 156
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