Monday, May 30, 2016

Bring on the Back-ups: "The Longest Block in the World!" by Maggin and Giordano

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Let's kick the week off with a far-out back-up featuring Captain Marvel, Jr.! This one's a bit of fun fluff, with writer Elliot S! Maggin giving us a little bit of a morality play (guest-starring the Earth-S version of Henry Kissinger), while artist Dick Giordano keeps the spirit of Mac Raboy going with some very stylized CMJr. poses! From Shazam! #12 (February 1974), here's "The Longest Block in the World!"


  1. Henry Kissinger and Young Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel in the same neighborhood! Wild! (Gosharootie?)

  2. Somehow I missed this the first time around. Thanks for sharing (Dick Giordano never did enough solo art imho). Another comic to add to my back issue buy list.

  3. Thank you for posting this story. I didn't start buying Shazam! until a couple of years later, so I've never seen this story. What a rare treat to get to see Dick Giordano's pencils as well as inks. How about posting the debut of Isis from Shazam! #25? Mr. Giordano did a lovely likeness of Joanna Cameron in that story.



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