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.

1 comment:

  1. I've been trying to get a DVD budget started in part to get this on DVD. I ordered the VHS when I first heard about the release. It's an amazing serial, and not just for the time period. It's odd to call a manequin on a pulley to stand in for a flying man "innovative", but since a Superman serial actually used a cartoon to stand in for flight (and a few other powers, as I recall) against a live background in a live-action production, what else can you call it.

    Hey, he's from New Haven, right here in my state. That's pretty cool. He was also good in the role as Billy. Shame the world lost him. (Moreso his family and friend, of course.