(Video Link) Chip Kidd, one of the greatest living book designers, wrote and designed Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal, a giant-sized tribute to Captain Marvel, a superhero created in 1939 by C. C. Beck and Bill Parker.
Captain Marvel's popularity often exceeded Superman's. At his height of fame, the comic book was published bi-weekly and had a circulation of 1.3 million copies (wiki). The fate of the character is sad, involving lawsuits from DC, who said Captain Marvel was a Superman rip-off, but Kidd's book focuses on happier times in the life of the world's mightiest mortal, and there were plenty of them, as this video attests.
Stay tuned for an exclusive preview of Shazam! here on Boing Boing soon.
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