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Showcase Presents: Shazam! VOL 01 Paperback – Dec 6 2006

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1 edition (Dec 6 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401210899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401210892
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #529,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marjorie Lynn Allen on June 16 2014
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Great book for kids. Superheroes for a younger crowd. Little violence and good messages. Based on 40's comic series. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 15 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The Big Red Cheese Feb. 11 2007
By Bennet Pomerantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Captain Marvel was an old Fawett comic which DC comics bought the rights in the 70's. Created by C.C, Beck in the 1940's, this humorous Superman-ish comic kept a sense of humor about it. Billy Batson, a yound man, was given powers by the wizard SHAZAM. Beck said he modeled Captain Marvel after actor Fred MacMurray of Disney movies and My Three Sons's fame..However, in the 70's version, most of that modelling is gone

This Showcase title is a collection of the first 33 issues of the 1970's comics. The first few issues have Beck stories. This 1970's updating was cute, It basicly was in its own superhero world--before DC did that Crisis books. It was a simple superhero adventure

One would hope that DC would look into it vaults and do what they did with the Spirit and release many of the Fawett comics. I have an older reprint of the Monster Society of Evil which was a 1940's type comic serial which ran thru the Whiz and Captain Marvel comic..which someone would reprint this

If you are a fan or loved the stuff for the 70's, get it and enjoy

Bennet Pomerantz Audioworld
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A great introduction to Shazam! Jan. 4 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This collection is just a fun read. For those who are tired of realism or current affairs in their superhero sagas, this collection is for you! While it is missing the vibrant color pages, you can't beat the collection of over 500 pages of Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and the host of supporting characters. An affordable collection for those who can't shell out the money for back issues. It is unlikely that these issues will be printed in archive color edition, so this is the best bet for your Captain Marvel fix. I may even color the pages.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
That's what I'm talking about!!!!!!!!!! Feb. 10 2011
By Techie2009 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As of late, it seems that comic books are trending more towards realistic storylines. For example, Superman 705 dealt with domestic/child abuse. As someone who reads to escape, I really don't want to read about things that can and do happen in real life. Now I do admit, some people like reading about realistic things. To each his own.

Personally, I like this group of comics. Shazam! tells the story of Billy Batson, a young boy given the powers of several Gods. When he shouts the magic word: Shazam!, he turns into the superhero Captain Marvel. The stories in this book circle around Captain Marvel/Billy and his family as they battle a swarm of magical villains/mad scientists/and several odds n ends in the supervillain realm. It's a fun diversion from real life where anything is possible.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"Holy Moley!" Dec 18 2007
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I appreciate DC for their approach with the Showcase Presents trades. They have kept many classic titles alive for those of us that can't afford Archive editions; however, in many cases this highlights the problems inherent in certain series. SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SHAZAM! is an example.

There are some things that DC just can't seem to get right, no matter how hard they try. One of the biggest is how to handle characters from other companies. Their recent acquisition of the IPC characters is on the verge of failure, as evidenced by ALBION, BATTLER BRITON, and THUNDERBOLT JAXXON. Their `80s purchase of the Charlton heroes led to a decent run of THE QUESTION, but little else (WATCHMEN doesn't count!). But DC already had a bad rep back in the `70s when they acquired one of the greatest Golden Age heroes, the original Captain Marvel. The resulting SHAZAM! series was a misguided effort to introduce the Big Red Cheese to a new generation of readers by trying to recapture the feel of his original adventures. Unfortunately, that new generation was already enjoying more complex and mature comics at the time: hard-traveling heroes, New Gods, and a dark knight detective were finally bringing DC into a new age, so goofy fun-loving stories featuring the Shazam "family" and a talking tiger were not what was needed at the time. The series piddled around for five years, was cancelled, and Captain Marvel's reputation has, to this day, barely recovered. Even though attempts at relevance were made in the `80s (LEGENDS, JUSTICE LEAGUE), it took a brilliant double-barrel `90s revitalization by writer/artist Jerry Ordway to help CM stay on the radar.

There's an excellent roster of talent featured in this volume. Writers Denny O'Neill, E. Nelson Bridwell, and Elliott Maggin are joined by original CM artist C.C. Beck, Kurt Schaffenberger, Dave Cockrum, Dick Giordano, and Bob Oksne. It collects the "new" stories from SHAZAM! #1-35 (none of the Golden Age reprints), with O'Neill bringing CM and his supporting cast into the present day through an inspired retcon. From there, these short tales reintroduce his companions, friends, and villains, including currently popular bad-boy Black Adam. Collectively, the art is great, and Dave Cockrum's work on Captain Marvel Junior is so slick that it should get its own color reprint. Unfortunately, the stories are extremely simple and haven't aged well at all. SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SHAZAM! will serve you well as a nostalgic trip back to an interesting period in DC's history, but you should look elsewhere for good storytelling. If you really want to get into Captain Marvel, my recommendation is to instead purchase Jerry Ordway's graphic novel THE POWER OF SHAZAM and hope for a reprint of the `90s follow-up series.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Big Red Cheesy! :) Jan. 14 2007
By Superhero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I forgot how much less grim, & how much more fun comics were "Back in the day" with talking Tigers & Worms! LOL! Plus a early look at Black Adam! Buy it, enjoy it!