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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 23:07:15 -0600
Subject: Re: (urth) DOORS: Klamm, Green
From: Adam Stephanides 

on 1/31/03 10:36 AM, Dan'l Danehy-Oakes at ddanehy@siebel.com wrote:

> Aside from the well-known "The Music Man" reference, there's
> another thing that might be of interest ... a subtle joke
> known to some comix fans, perpetrated by C.C. Beck and the
> Dell comix group back in the '50s, when they created CAPTAIN
> Marvel. BILLY Batson, in the pages of WHIZ Comics, would say
> the magic word "Shazam!" to become the Captain with a bolt
> of lightning that usually included the sound effect: BANG.
> Yes, Beck confirmed years ago that this was deliberate...

Neat!  I'm a fan of Beck's Captain Marvel, but I never noticed that.

Actually, Captain Marvel was published not by Dell, but by Fawcett -- which
got its start with Captain Billy's Whiz Bang; Capt. Wilford H. Fawcett was
the original "Captain Billy."  So the joke has more of a point than you



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