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Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  12 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Billy Batson discovers a secret in a forgotten subway tunnel. There the young man meets a wizard who offers a precious gift: a magic word that will transform the newsboy into a hero. When Billy says, -Shazam!, - he becomes Captain Marvel, the World's Mightiest Mortal, one of the most popular comic book characters of the 1940s. This book tells the story of that hero and the ...more
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by University Press of Mississippi
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Jeff J.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Essentially an academic treatise on the contributions of Captain Marvel to popular culture. I had hoped for more information on his creator C. C. Beck, fortunately the bibliography will lead me to what I’m seeking.
Very scholarly in tone and content and heavily footnoted, yet an okay read about the background behind Captain Marvel & Fawcett Comics & both CC Beck & Otto Binder, two creatives about which I'd not known as much as I do now thanks to this book.

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This is an interesting and scholarly look at Billy Batson and his alter ego Captain Marvel, the writer and artist who help create him and the look at nostalgia's effect towards comics. The book touched on the lawsuit between Fawcett comics and National Comics (DC Comics) over similarities between Captain Marvel and Superman. The disappointment in how racial stereotypes were used in creating Captain Marvel character Steamboat.

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