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The Shazam! Archives, Vol. 1

The Shazam Archives Vol When young radio reporter Billy Batson speaks the name of an ancient wizard SHAZAM he is magically transformed into the World s Mightiest Mortal Captain Marvel Marked by a distinct art style Captain

  • Title: The Shazam! Archives, Vol. 1
  • Author: Bill Parker C.C. Beck Pete Costanza
  • ISBN: 9781563890536
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When young radio reporter Billy Batson speaks the name of an ancient wizard SHAZAM he is magically transformed into the World s Mightiest Mortal Captain Marvel Marked by a distinct art style, Captain Marvel made his debut in 1939 in Fawcett Publishing s WHIZ COMICS and, for a time, even outsold his publishing rival SUPERMAN This delightful hardcover collection repriWhen young radio reporter Billy Batson speaks the name of an ancient wizard SHAZAM he is magically transformed into the World s Mightiest Mortal Captain Marvel Marked by a distinct art style, Captain Marvel made his debut in 1939 in Fawcett Publishing s WHIZ COMICS and, for a time, even outsold his publishing rival SUPERMAN This delightful hardcover collection reprints the Captain Marvel stories from those early WHIZ COMICS, introducing Captain Marvel, Billy Batson, the evil Dr Sivana, the wizard Shazam , and It also includes the famous ashcan edition of the first issue of WHIZ

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    1. Captain Marvel is one of my favorite superheroes, so it was interesting to see the character in its earliest conceptions--before he was even owned by DC Comics. These comics were from 1940 and 1941, and they were definitely a product of their time: each story was straightforward, simple, and followed the exact same formula time and time again. But still, as a fan of Captain Marvel, it was intriguing to see where his story started.

    2. This is "Golden Age" era (late 1930s to early 1940s) stuff by the original creator of Captain Marvel, C.C. Beck. It's fascinating in seeing the early developments of this "New" character. But compared to today's serialized, stylized, more heavily plotted work it's a little hard to take. The plots have a vague sameness to them - Billy Batson is always endangered in some way, mostly kidnapped, and always uses "SHAZAM" to get out of any trouble. Beck at this point had not developed any vulnerabilit [...]

    3. Retro Hugo Finalist: “Introducing Captain Marvel” (Whiz Comics #2, Feb 1940)The Retro Hugo nominated story introduces a boy who becomes a superman by following a creepy man into some subway tunnels where he meets another creepy man with a white beard (what could possibly go wrong? - it was a simpler time, of course). The guy with the white beard endows little Billy with wisdom, strength, stamina, power, courage, and speed to fight evil. With the magic word "Shazam!," Billy turns into the adu [...]

    4. Flash Comics (ashcan) #1; Thrill Comics (ashcan) #1; Whiz Comics #2-15I like golden age Captain Marvel better than golden age Superman. There I said it! Beck's art work is crisp and fun. Also featured in Whiz comics was another Beck creation, The Spy Smasher. Those to features made Whiz comics one of my favorite golden age reads. You can't exactly say that these stories still stand up to today's standards, but they are still fun and still interesting reads.

    5. I've gotta say that I was bored out of my trees for 90% of this book, but I don't blame the book for that. Most of that is the storytelling tropes of its time in comics. I will however note that some of the villains are hilarious, and the unintended sexism is especially draw-dropping.

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