- Full Description
Captain Marvel and his family were among the most popular Golden Age superheroes, occasionally surpassing even Superman in total sales. A lawsuit by DC put Captain Marvel and his publisher, Fawcett, on ice in the early 1950s, but DC brought the character back into print in Shazam! in the 1970s. This meaty volume containing mostly stories from the strip's heyday in the 1940s was released in 1977, perhaps to capitalize on the popularity of the then-current TV series. Shazam! from the 40s to the 70s showcases the storytelling genius of writer Otto Binder and artist C.C. Beck, as well as a few Captain Marvel, Jr. stories drawn by the great Mac Raboy, one of the finest draftsmen of the 1940s.
The origin of Captain Marvel, from Whiz Comics #2 (1940) is reprinted in full color. Thereafter, in black and white, we are treated to the origins of Captain Marvel, Jr. and Mary Marvel, the introduction of memorable villains Mr. Mind, King Kull, Black Adam and Captain Nazi (all of whom were subsequently incorporated into mainstream DC continuity), several Marvel Family team-ups, and a story that many people consider one of the highlights of the entire Golden Age, "Captain Marvel Battles the Plot Against the Universe" from 1948. A few perfunctory entries from the sub-par 1970s series are tacked on at the back.
DC Comics editor and historian E. Nelson Bridwell wrote the introduction and provides a bibliography of Marvel Family appearances current through 1977. A companion to the earlier Superman from the 30s to the 70s and Batman from the 30s to the 70s collections that DC released in 1971, Shazam! is by far the most difficult of the three to find. It is known to exist only in hardcover with color dust-jacket.
Note: This is an out of print, used and/or rare item. Fine plus/Very Good jacket. Book has some wear to the covers and a small bump to the bottom of the spine. Jacket has a few creases and chipping top and bottom.
- Additional Information
Item Code RB1169 Publisher DC Comics Publish Date 1977 ISBN 0517531275 Print Status Out of Print Condition Fine plus/ Very Good jacket. Book has some wear to the covers and a small bump to the bottom of the spine. Jacket has a few creases and chipping top and bottom. Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 352pg Color Partial Color