Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Marvel Christmas: THE MARVEL FAMILY

The Original Marvels. No other set of characters that I can think of are as well loved by fans as much as they are misused by the industry. You'd think it would go without saying that these characters don't adapt well to dark, gritty postmodern stories, but apparently not. Somebody needs to tell the writers to leave these characters in their own separate reality, which is where they work best. The best version of these characters I've seen since the '70s was Jeff Smith's "The Monster Society Of Evil" (we'll look at that one of these days too).
For now, here's a Christmas story from the last good Marvel Family series, SHAZAM!, from the '70s. Not quite as good as the classic Otto Binder stories, yet faithful to the fantasy spirit of the Fawcett originals.

by Elliot S. Maggin and Kurt Schaffenberger
from SHAZAM! #11, March 1974


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