WHIZ COMICS #1
CGC G-: 1.8
It's hard to imagine now, but for about a decade, Superman's most fearsome nemesis was not Lex Luthor or the Toyman, but the Big Red Cheese, Captain Marvel. His colossal popularity and mammoth sales eclipsed even the Man of Steel's as he moved as many as 5-million copies per issue. DC gathered an army of lawyers to pummel Fawcett and eventually drove them out of the funny book business as court costs skyrocketed just when sales began to lag. It's no surprise that DC would raise an eyebrow at the Captain, when you see the Action #1-inspired cover of this first appearance. It's in the pages within, however, that C.C. Beck and Billy Parker put their own immortal spin on the new superhero mythology. Young orphan, Billy Batson, gave the story an unexpected poignancy. The moody, mysterious origin tale, involving lost caves, ancient gods, and atmospheric visuals, set this series apart from all others of the day. Rich and detailed, instantly appealing, and perfectly tailored to its troubled times, Fawcett's family of Marvels remains a literary triumph and comics milestone. Shazam! movie due out April, 2019.
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