R.I.P. Frank Coghlan, Jr., the original Billy Batson

Frank Coghlan, Jr., who played Billy Batson in the 1941 Republic Pictures serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel, died last month at the ripe old age of 93.

The Adventures of Captain Marvel was one of the first big screen comics adaptations ever, and still one of the very best (the flying effects are particularly good for the era and, presumably, the budget). If you haven't seen it in a while, or at all, it's definitely worth tracking down.

Thanks, Frank.