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Born 104 Years Ago Today: Remembering Otto Binder, Comics’ Forgotten Genius

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The names of many of comics' greatest creators of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics — Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Jerry Siegel, and, increasingly in recent years, Bill Finger — are deservedly well known by the average comic fan. However, the name of the writer of some of the best-selling comics of all time, and the creator of some of comics' most enduring characters, Otto Binder, is utterly unknown to many comics readers, making him perhaps the medium's most underrated writer.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Boxing Day With Captain Marvel! (1944)

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Christmas has once again come and gone, but before the holidays are over, there's one last celebration we all have to get through before New Year's rolls around and puts a cap on it: Boxing Day! The only problem is that the True Meaning of Boxing Day has been explored in roughly zero movies (as opposed to the True Meaning of Christmas, which has been pretty thoroughly dealt with in about 4,926), so I always just tend to think of it as a wintry celebration of people punching each other in the face.

I always try to celebrate with the most pugilistic comic I can find, and this year, that led me to 1944's Captain Marvel Adventures #35, which promised a boxing match between Billy Batson's alter ego and a soldier, and then went on to become one of the all-time craziest comic books I have ever read.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Captain Marvel, But Were Afraid to Google

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In today's Justice League #7, the series' regular writer Geoff Johns will be joined by artist and occasional collaborator Gary Frank for a new back-up feature entitled "The Curse of Shazam," which will introduce readers to the "New 52" version of the character formerly known as Captain Marvel, but henceforth known as Shazam. To help get readers

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