dr_hermes (dr_hermes) wrote,

How brave is Mary without her Shazam powers?

From MARY MARVEL# 4, August 1946. The funny thing is, I have to wonder if maybe, just maybe, there was nothing to this business of Shazam losing his powers for one day every thousand years. Maybe this was a test? Maybe the old wizard was seeing, by how she acted when she lost her powers, Mary showed that she truly deserved them?

Neither art nor scripting are first-rate, but it's a strong story. We see Mary sobbing at the thought she has had her powers taken away, and how she immediately goes after armed crooks in a homemade costume. And of course, it's not like she is terribly athletic or has a black belt in karate or anything.. she's a rather young teenage girl getting by on sheer nerve and quick thinking. Okay and maybe some luck. ("Say, lucky I didn't break a leg jumping out that window!")
Tags: comics, golden age, mary marvel
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