Shazam made his debut in Whiz Comics in 1940, and outsold his biggest competitor, Superman, by 14 million copies a month. It wasn’t long before a variety of merchandise was licensed—secret decoders, figurines, buttons, paper rockets, tin toys, puzzles, costumes—and a fan club was created to keep up with the demand. These collectibles now sell for outrageous prices on eBay and in comic book stores and conventions. Seventy years later, an unprecedented assortment of these artifacts are gathered together by award-winning writer/designer Chip Kidd and photographer Geo Spear. Join Kidd, Spear, and the World’s Mightiest Mortal in this first, fully authorized celebration of ephemera, artwork, and rare, one-of-a-kind toys, and recapture the magic that was Shazam!
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About the Author
Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and writer, and an editor-at-large for Pantheon Books. His books on comics include Bat-Manga!, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross. He lives in New York City. Geoff Spear is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared on numerous book covers. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was an interesting book. It covers the wide range of collectibles and such that were associated with the original (and best) Captain Marvel during his initial run in the 40s. About the only item I was familiar with was the movie serial (which I had seen). Had heard of one or two others but not seen them before. Certainly a book that any comic fan will be interested in at least perusing, if not adding it to their reference shelf.