Shazam! #1 (Feb. 1973)
Cover Art by C.C. Beck & Nick Cardy
"On the cover of SHAZAM #1 (Feb. 1973), Superman introduces readers to Captain Marvel; he stands at the edge of a curtain, hand extended in a polite "May I Present?" pose. There is, in the smile that artist Nick Cardy gives Superman, the suggestion of smug satisfaction.
Here is the Man of Steel, introducing a new generation of readers to the hero who consistently outsold his own titles during the forties. Yet those days were over. The Big Blue Boy Scout had beaten the Big Red Cheese (in court, if never on the newstands), and now Captain Marvel was back — but on Superman’s terms. If you look carefully, you can almost see Superman’s thought balloon:
'This? Is my house. My house.’”
— From Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, Chapter 8: “The Year of Superman: 1978, pp. 175-6.
—"Butter" - freestyle rap battle
"Did … did you carve the little Clark and Superman heads on the candles, too?"
"… How …. long did that take?"
"… Ok, see, this is what I was talking about, before. That’s a little nuts. You have to see that."
"I don’t, uh …"
"That’s like Vincent Price in HOUSE OF WAX nuts. Seriously. Plus it totally blows the secret identity. Good thing you didn’t invite anyone else to this … ‘party.’ [TO SELF]: Not that you would. Ever."
Unused shots from the Alan Aldridge photo shoot for the cover of the 1966 book, The Penguin John Lennon.
Hat tip to The Wog Blog.