It’s a good thing that DC recently rebranded Captain Marvel as “Shazam” because the cynical, self-serving brat the company served up a few weeks ago in Justice League #0 sure has heck had nothing to do with the character created decades ago by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker.
Rather than post a long screed about the wrong-headedness of DC’s new approach to Cap and many other of its characters (don’t get me started about Amethyst), let’s just turn back to a time when Billy Batson was heroic and selflessly – if somewhat stupidly at times – put himself into the line of fire to help someone else.
Plus, the following story features killer barracudas and Nazi spies. Awesome, right?
“The Baron Of Barracuda Bay” originally appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #30 (Fawcett, December 1943). The writer and artist are uncredited.
Hmmm, guess Cap conveniently forgot that he possessed the speed of Mercury as those Axis agents threw themselves over the cliff. Oh well … they were dirty Nazis anyway. Golden Age justice!