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Danger – but to Whom?

Apologies for the interruption of our serial. Server problems or something. But here’s another for today:

“Marvel 4”

I should mention that the previous frame is the first citation for the phrase “holy moley” in the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang.

Captain Marvel invented that shit.

The Dictionary of American Regional English also cites from what you’ve seen here, but they prefer the first frame I quoted.

This story line is apparently from the 100th issue (1949) of Captain Marvel Adventures, so there must be earlier uses of the phrase. Neither of those dictionaries (nor the OED) have those, though. Since they both quoted from the same 1981 Smithsonian collection of comic-book comics I’m quoting from here, I guess they must not have had access to earlier issues.

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