Many years ago, before the Blonde Marvel became a worldwide phenomenon, artist DL San (collaborating with a host of assistants) embarked on a long running comic strip called “Municipal City.” The strip chronicled the exploits of one Commander Andrew J. Marvel, a valiant, good hearted, naval officer who gains amazing powers and embarks on fabulous adventures all over the globe.
At its height, “Municipal City” was featured in over 900 newspapers and magazines, in more than 180 countries. In fact, both John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev hailed it as their favorite comic strip.
Due to some legal entanglements, most of the early “Municipal City” stories cannot be reproduced. But I was recently given permission by the artist’s estate to publish a handful of the Commander’s later exploits. I hope you enjoy these classic tales of Commander Marvel while the Blonde Marvel enjoys her hard earned hiatus.
Editor’s Note: We apologize for starting our series right smack dab in the middle of a story. Unfortunately the artwork for the first thirty or so pages of this caper were reportedly lost due to water damage (artist D.L. San, an avid smoker, accidentally started a small fire in his Manhattan based studio, which in turn triggered the sprinkler system…or so the legend goes). We decided to begin with the earliest surviving page and continue onward.