Although it's been over fifty years since the fabled Golden Age of Comics came to a close, the grit and heroism of those simple tales can still inspire the jaded audience of today. That's why I'm kicking off a new feature titled Gold Nuggets, offering glimpses of the jaw-dropping courage and no-nonsense moxie (and occasional stupidity) of the Greatest Generation of comic book characters.
Our inagural Gold Nugget comes from Fawcett's Captain Marvel Adventures #1 (1941). In a story titled "Captain Marvel vs. Z" (by the team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, no less), Billy Batson is captured by Dr. Sivana and his super-powered minion "Z", who then leave him bound and gagged in Sivana's burning hideout.
With the gag preventing Billy from yelling "SHAZAM", he's done for, right?
Billy uses his quick wits (and freakish
flexibility) to burn the gag off of his face!
If that doesn't gain Billy Batson an instant induction into
the Testosterone Hall of Fame, I don't know what will.