On History: Hocus & Pocus

By | Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Leave a Comment
I was going to write about the little-known Hocus & Pocus characters from the early days of Superman, but it turns out that I already wrote that in 2007. (And I only came across that because I was trying to do research on the characters! Completely forgot that I wrote it!)

What I wondered at the time I wrote the piece, and still wonder today, is whether these stories were influenced by Captain Marvel. That character debuted a few years before Hocus & Pocus, and his more whimsical stories seemed to prove more popular than Superman's. Plus the two characters shared a number of writers, and there seemed to be a sense of cross-pollination between the two. The Hocus & Pocus stories seem more suited to Captain Marvel than Superman, so I'm left wondering if the original was a rejected Captain Marvel script in which Superman was simply substituted in place.

The last of Hocus & Pocus' appearances was in 1947, and while National had started their infamous lawsuit against Fawcett in 1941, the trial did not begin until early 1948. It's only after that that Hocus & Pocus' roughly yearly appearances dropped down to nil. It's circumstantial at best, but I can't help but think that the lawsuit helped kill the two magicians.
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