SHAZAM FROM THE 1940s TO THE 1970s
INTRODUCED BY E.NELSON BRIDWELL. HARDCOVER, 352 Pages, some in colour.
REPRINTS OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE MARVEL FAMILY, and CAPTAIN MARVEL JR. STORIES
Condition: excellent, book and contents are Fine, in Very Good dustjacket which is price clipped and has a little wear on the bottom edge.In Now hard to find, especially in this condition.
I found this review on Amazon (who are offering a copy at $62!):
There are few reprints available for the Golden Age Captain Marvel, and many of them, this volume included, are rare enough to be collectible themselves. This collection is hard to find, but worth it.
"Shazam: From the 40's to the 70's" is a nice collection of Fawcett "firsts." The first Tawky Tawny story is included, along with the first Mary Marvel story and the first Captain Marvel Jr. story. It does try to represent the various incarnations of Captain Marvel, and includes reprints from all decades. The more realistic Marvel Family from the 40's flows into the Sci-Fi silliness of the 50's and the hipster of the 70's. It is nice to know that the Big Red Cheese keeps up with the times.
The reprints are in black and white, with only two stories (the origin from Whiz #2, and a modern story from the 70's) are in color. The introduction by E. Nelson Bridgewell is nice, although certain famous Marvel Family artists like C.C. Beck have publicly disagreed with it. The DC Archives series is a better collection with better production values, but does not reprint the same stories.
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