Thursday, August 2, 2018

DC Won't Present the "Monster Society of Evil"...But WE Will!

(Writer) Otto Binder (Artists) C. C. Beck, Pete Costanza (Cover Artist) Michael Cho
At first he was simply a disembodied voice on the radio, taunting Captain Marvel with his ever-more-fiendish schemes to conquer the world.
Then, readers gasped as Mr. Mind was revealed-all two inches of him!
Was this lowly creature really the epitome of evil he claimed to be?
Fortunately, Billy Batson understood the folly of underestimating someone based on their size!
As small as he was, Mr. Mind was big trouble-especially once he turned the menacing members of his Monster Society of Evil loose to wreak havoc!

This new title collects the entire 24-chapter serial from the Golden Age of Comics with new essays by Fawcett Comics expert P.C. Hamerlinck and film producer and comics historian Michael Uslan.
Collects stories from Captain Marvel Adventures #22-46!
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
 Then DC pulled the plug!
After careful consideration, DC announces that the Shazam!: The Monster Society fo Evil Deluxe Edition HC (JUL180783) is cancelled due to concerns over its contents,
This title will not be resolicited.
The mini-series had been reprinted once, in 1989 by American Nostalgia Library in a magnificent oversized hardcover with a run of only 3000 copies.
That edition, seen below, is incredibly HTF.

Since we believe the story has historical significance, and the racism (which we abhor) is part of the tale, RetroBlogs is going to drop the plans we had for various summer mini-blogathons (finishing the one currently running at True Love Comics Tales) and, beginning on Monday, re-present the entire, unexpurgated story scanned from the original issues of Fawcett's Captain Marvel Adventures at Hero Histories and Not Safe For Work Comics!
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  1. Talking of perceived racism, you may be interested in my post entitled "The Beano Censors History - Peanut 'Whitewashed' From Comic Cover..." over on my blog (if you haven't already seen it). I think that as long as comics are seen as being 'of their time' then they should be re-presented unaltered. Or, in the case of this Captain Marvel story, even re-presented would be nice.

    1. Fear not!
      The Monster Society of Evil shall be re-presented unexpurgated and unaltered, with the racist elements explained in context to the times!

  2. Damn! This is the second time I anticipated this particular collection and had it pulled off the circuit. I have wanted to read this yarn since I've been a Captain Marvel fan. I am happy to read it here. Thanks.

    Rip Off

    1. I got the 1989 reprint book when it came out, and was looking forward to seeing how DC would handle the racist material.
      Warner Brothers did a great job presenting some of the Looney Toons with racist content on DVD after embargoing them on Cartoon Network for decades.
      Whoopi Goldberg's intro makes the matter crystal-clear...


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