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Uniformly Captain Marvel: The Button Flap Jacket!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Ever since Captain Marvel was reintroduced in the early 1990s by writer/artist Jerry Ordway, one of the most distinctive articles of his costume is his military-style button flap jacket. For the last fourteen years, almost no image of Captain Marvel has been without it.

Prior to Ordway's reintroduction of the button flap, writer/artist John Byrne had intended t use use it as part of his abandoned relaunch of the character. Artist Alex Ross has used it in Kingdom Come, Shazam!: The Power of Hope, JLA: Liberty and Justice, and Justice. The 12 issue mini-series continued its use and even Mike Kunkel's Johnny DC book, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! makes use of the jacket!

Yet back in the Fawcett days, the button flap jacket made only four appearances or five if you count the story masthead in Whiz Comics #5 (June 1940). For a costume design that was quickly discarded in the Golden Age, it has become a fond part of Captain Marvel's modern DC Universe costume.

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Captain Marvel's button flap jacket lasted a mere four issues before it was dropped in favor of a more streamlined look!

The flap is gone in this panel from "Captain Marvel Scores Again!," as seen in Whiz Comics #5 (June 1940).

With the demise of the button flap, Cap gained the draped sash belt.

When writer/artist Jerry Ordway reintroduced Captain Marvel in theearly 1990s, he maintained the flap jacket form the early issues of Whiz!

The cover of Whiz Comics #5 (June 1940) shows the first image of Cap without his flap jacket!