"I'm going out for a few minutes! You stay on that vibrator till I get back." "Okay!" - Captain Marvel on a mechanical horse as someone leaves what looks like a gym

So, I ran into this panel on a search some months ago, and got curious about the context. So I tried a Google search. Big mistake. There exist a completely different assortment of Marvel vibrators apparently. Reverse image searches didn't give me anything to work from, nor did attempts to restrict the breadth of the search.

Does anyone know what issue this comes from, and what the plotline was that explains why Captain Marvel has to ride a vibrating mechanical horse?

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    I tried to search for this and now you owe me $5 for a bottle of eye-bleach
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 17:04
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    It could be a version of those old fashioned vibrating belt machines that were popular in the 1950s and 60s, which shook various parts of you and encouraged the fat to melt away. Pretty sure they don't work. I'm not certain why this particular model is horse-shaped though. Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 18:36
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    OK. It's not Captain Marvel Adventures Vol. 1. I've been through all 150 of them and I've not found it
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 22:50
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    It's not Whiz Comics. I've been through all 155 of those.,
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 23:31
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    Wow. That is dedication.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 24, 2017 at 3:42

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I did some diggings. As it turns out, that's part of the 21st page of Captain Marvel Adventures #82 - The Streamlining of Captain Marvel

A page from Captain Marvel, on which the vibrating horse scene is happening. He's in a reducing salon, trying to lose weight, and some bad guys are planning to rob an oil refineries while he's kept busy.

As it turns out, Captain Marvel was afraid he took on some weight, so he decided to burn up some fat. This can be seen on the previous page:

The page of Captain Marvel that came before the one with the vibrating horse. The reason why he went to the reducing salon is because a thug paid children to call him fat. When the thug approached him to introduce himself as the owner of a reducing salon, he was immediately convinced.

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    That's incredible! Myself and another user had put in many hours to no avail. Congratulations!
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 18:03
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    Well done. I must have somehow missed it on my look-through
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 18:25
  • @Valorum So I guess I owe you some eye-bleach then?
    – Clockwork
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 18:27
  • @Clockwork - I'm just glad someone found it.
    – Valorum
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 18:31
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    "That you, Pete? You sound completely different, and your voice is shaking as if you're sitting on some insane vibrating horse device, but I'll go on and re-explain our exact plan anyway."
    – Exal
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 6:08

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