In Captain Marvel Adventures #87 (May 28, 1948*) we have a great story entitled "Captain Marvel and The Electron Thief!" Captain Marvel battles villain Alec Tronn. Alec Tronn is the CEO of Electron Corporation and has taken control of the world's supply of electrons! I love the name of the villain - very clever!
The story begins with Alec Tronn paying a visit to Sterling Morris at WHIZ station headquarters. Tronn demands Morris pay him $1000 an hour or WHIZ will go off the air! Morris and Billy Batson think Tronn is a crackpot and refuse his demands. Billy transforms into Captain Marvel, fearing Alec Tronn might get violent, and Cap escorts Mr. Tronn out the door.
Captain Marvel gets the drop on Tronn, but Tronn zaps Cap with billions of electrons - equivalent to a magic lightning bolt - and this transforms Cap back to Billy!
Billy says "Shazam!" but no magic lightning strikes because Tronn has taken all the electrons and there aren't enough to left to make the magic lightning needed for his transformation! Tronn promises to kill Billy later, but wants to show him how he will destroy WHIZ with a blast of lightning. With this threat, Billy just can't turn the other cheek, so he kicks Tronn in the pants which makes Tronn angry enough to zap Billy with lightning - transforming him into Captain Marvel.
This was a fantastic story and I really enjoyed it. I loved the villain's name, Alec Tronn and how he escapes on a bolt of lightning. I like the action that is in it and the continuity of the magic lightning facts that Shazam lightning is far more powerful than regular lightning. I also like how Billy has to be creative and very brave to take a chance on getting struck by lightning so he could transform back into Captain Marvel. All in all this is a wonderful, whimsical Captain Marvel adventure that proves to be electrifying and entertaining!
*Mike's Amazing World of Comics
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