Updated August 1, 2018: DC Comics has cancelled plans to reprint Captain Marvel Adventures' 1940s "Monster Society of Evil!" arc over concerns about its content.
"After careful consideration, DC announces that the Shazam!: The Monster Society fo Evil Deluxe Edition HC (JUL180783) is cancelled due to concerns over its contents," DC wrote to retailers. "This title will not be resolicited."
Original Story: DC Comics have announced plans to reprint Otto Binder and C.C. Beck's 24-chapter Golden Age "Monster Society of Evil!" arc from Captain Marvel Adventures. Originally published from 1943 to 1945, the story was one of North American comic books' first serialized storylines. This new deluxe edition, titled Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil, is scheduled to be released February 6, 2019.
The storyline has been out of print for over 30 years, with Chip Kidd telling Newsarama in 2010 that it was due to the depiction of racial stereotypes appearing in the World War II-era story.
“The black characters are depicted in a very stereotypical manner, which was sadly typical of the time, and so were the Japanese characters – which, again, was typical in WWII," Jeff Smith said back in 2010. “I don’t see why they don’t reprint it. I hope they do reprint it, and say, ‘This is what was done at the time, and it’s pretty bad, but it’s also part of the story.’”
Michael Cho is solicited to be drawing a new cover for this collection. Newsarama reached out to DC for comment on how they will address the contents of the the new collection.
Here is the solicitation - first released to 13th Dimension. Look for DC's full September 2018 solicitations Monday afternoon on Newsarama.
SHAZAM!: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL DELUXE EDITION HC
Written by OTTO BINDER
Art by C.C. BECK and PETE COSTANZA
Cover by MICHAEL CHO
At first he was simply a disembodied voice on the radio, taunting Captain Marvel with his ever-more-fiendish schemes to conquer the world. Then, readers gasped as Mr. Mind was revealed—all two inches of him! Was this lowly creature really the epitome of evil he claimed to be? Fortunately, Billy Batson understood the folly of underestimating someone based on their size! As small as he was, Mr. Mind was big trouble—especially once he turned the menacing members of his Monster Society of Evil loose to wreak havoc!
This new title collects the entire 24-chapter serial from the Golden Age of Comics with new essays by Fawcett Comics expert P.C. Hamerlinck and film producer and comics historian Michael Uslan. Collects stories from CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #22-46!
ON SALE 02.06.19
$49.99 US | 272 PAGES
7.0625” x 10.875”
FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-8769-6