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2. Interview: C.C. Beck by Tom Heintjes for Hogan’s Alley Magazine (This is Really Worth Reading in Its Entirety)
When I looked at the first Captain Marvel story, I knew at once that here was a story worth illustrating. It had a beginning, a carefully constructed development of plot and characters leading to a climax and an ending, and nothing else. There was no pointless flying around and showing off, no padding, no “Look, Ma, I’m a superhero!” Out of 72 panels, Captain Marvel appeared in 18, or one-fourth… Without Bill Batson, Captain Marvel would have been merely another overdrawn, one-dimensional figure in a ridiculous costume, running around beating up crooks and performing meaningless feats of strength like all the other heroic figures of the time who were, with almost no exceptions, cheap imitations of Superman. In fact, I have always felt that flying figures in picture form are silly and unbelievable, and I would much sooner have never drawn them, but the publisher insisted on them. Most of the time Captain Marvel’s ability to fly had little or nothing to do with the plots of the stories in which he appeared.
3. Tweet from Writer Steve Orlando Regarding Mars/Malecandra
— Shazamcast (@theshazamcast) November 12, 2015
@theshazamcast probably! Malecandra is the name of Mars in the DCU
— Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) November 12, 2015
It was really kind of Orlando to reply and there is more to the conversation if you want to go read it all.
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4. For Real: Get This Issue – If Only for the Final Splashpage of Shazam
The headshot above is cropped from that final splash; really gorgeous work. And, once you get the issue, let me know if you think that final splash indicates that Captain Marvel… er, Shazam, is flying (in contradiction to the earlier in-story implication that he cannot fly).