Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Groove's Faves: "The Captain Marvel of 7,000 B.C."

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today let's kick back with one of Ol' Groove's fave SHAZAM stories from the criminally underrated E. Nelson Bridwell/Don Newton series that ran in the back of World's Finest. Bridwell's stories always had the charm of the Silver Age, but gave enough nods to "modern" fans to keep things cool. Take "The Captain Marvel of 7,000 B.C." from World's Finest #262 (January 1980), a kind of secret origin/retcon tale that fans either love or hate or love to hate. Dave Hunt wasn't my fave Don Newton inker--but he wasn't bad. Newton, as you'll see, had a unique classical style that blended cartooniness and realism in a most eye-pleasing way. I still miss his art.


  1. Hey Groovster!
    I always loved Don Newton's art. He was hugely underrated like some others. Like Sal Buscema, Jim Aparo & Jerry Ordway to name a few. Jerry did a great segment in two issues of Power of Shazam in the 90's. Showing the old wizard Shazam's youthful origin.

    Don was one of the best Capt.Marvel/Shazam artist. Sigh, we lost him too young. I was saddened to hear of his passing. SHAZAM!

  2. Another good post, Groove (which is kinda the norm for your blog). Any chances that in the future you could post a Kubert Tarzan story or something from Marvel's "Tomb of Dracula" color comic (several issues of which work as "stand alone" stories). Thanks!

  3. That is indeed a pretty cool story. Like you said, Groove, a nice blending of Silver Age and Bronze Age elements.
    By the way, Captain Marvel has one of the best costumes in the history of comicdom. How could anyone not love that?

  4. I miss Don Newton. Truly one of the best.

  5. Totally agree with ya, guys! Newton was an underrated treasure and CM's threads are the most!

    To answer our anonymous pal, since Dark Horse is reprinting the Kubert Tarzans I'm shying away from them (though I could do some cover and splash page posts at that, huh?). I have toyed with posting some ToD stuff. What say the rest of ya?



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