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Shazam!: The Greatest Stories Ever Told VOL 01 (The Greatest Stories Ever Told)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An earth-shattering volume collecting stories from Whiz Comics #2, Captain Marvel Adventures #1,137,148, Marvel Family #21, 85, Shazam! #1, 14, DC Comics Presents Annual #3, Superman #276, L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #31, Power of SHAZAM! #33 and Adventures in the DC Universe #5
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 20th 2008 by DC Comics
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Dirk Grobbelaar
This book took me a long, long time to finally review, even though it's a quick read. I like Captain Marvel / Shazam quite a bit, but this is a strange collection: instead of selling the character to a new generation of readers it seems somewhat bent on underscoring some of the shortcomings that pretty much led to his nickname The Big Red Cheese.

There is quite a bit of good here, such as Whiz Comics #2 and Captain Marvel Adventures #1 from the early 40s. The former marks the first appearance of
Nicholas Richard Pearson
This entry in the DC Comics' 'Greatest Stories Ever Told' series of trade paperback books focuses on the superheroic exploits of the original Captain Marvel, who first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940), in an attempt by Fawcett Comics to capitalise on the superhero genre and compete against the on-going adventures of Superman and the like. Captain Marvel was conceived by Bill Parker and his first outing illustrated by the artist C.C.Beck, and it was his whimsical charm and allure that e ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Captain Marvel is one of my all-time favorite superheroes... but, man, are his early stories cheesy. I've read one other collection of older Captain Marvel comics, but I gave them some leeway because they were written in the 1940s. And I gave the particularly older ones in this collection the same leeway...but it seemed like even some of the more recent ones definitely added to the Captain's nickname "The Big Red Cheese." But, still, there was a nice simplicity and a straightforward nostalgia th ...more
Adam Graham
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Captain Marvel was known as the Big Red Cheese and during the golden age, his sales rivaled Superman. However, his historic run came to an end when Fawcett Publications stopped making comics. And then DC acquired its old nemesis and wrote him up in this series of Greatest Stories books. The book is called Shazam because in the interim between the end of the Captain Marvel title and DC's purchase of the character, Marvel created its own character named Captain Marvel.

What's good about this book a
Duncan Wilson
the original Captian Marvel AKA SHAZAM! was a brilliant concept ideal for kids because the hero and the identifying figure are the same person instead of the second being relegated to sidekick.
I have to be honest here.. CAPTAIN MARVEL works best in the GOLDEN AGE. these stories highlight this as once we hit the seventies the big red cheese seems incredibly out of place. also C C Beck is THE illustrator. his drawings evoke a strange mix of golden age comics, newspaper funny page strips like pope
May 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, anthologies
Supposedly featuring the best stories from the over sixty-five year history of the greatest super-hero ever conceived, this collection of thirteen Captain Marvel tales offers a decent survey of the Big Red Cheese. Too many contemporary reprints detract from the simple elegance of the original Golden Age Fawcett tales though it does include 1953's delightful "The Marvel Family Battles the Primate Plot" and the first Captain Marvel story I remember reading, 1974's "The Evil Return of the Monster S ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a good introduction to the series. You see the first story, some stories in different eras, crossovers, big stories, personal stories, and it brings in most of the recurring characters.
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this. I don't care what anybody else says. Maybe because it was so lame and made me laugh a lot.
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William "Bill" H. Parker, Jr. (died 1963) was an American comic book writer and editor. He is best known for creating Fawcett Comics' most popular character, Captain Marvel, in 1940, along with artist C. C. Beck.

Parker joined Fawcett Publications in 1937. Parker's tenure on Captain Marvel comics was cut short when he was conscripted into World War II.
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