*DC: Of all the titles one could have confidently predicted avoiding a sudden price hike, Shazam!, the 1970’s revival of the original Captain Marvel, would have topped most lists. With respectable but low-impact stories by craftsmen such as co-creator C.C.Beck, Elliott Maggin, Bob Oksner, E.Nelson Bridwell and Kurt Schaffenberger, it seemed fated to drop few pebbles in the speculator’s pond … and then there was not a pebble, but a Rock. Mr. ‘The Rock’, a professional grappler turned thespian, was signed to ‘be’ Black Adam, nemesis of the Captain, in a future cinematic blockbuster, and even before pre-production, issue #28, in which Black Adam makes his first post-Golden Age appearance, started to spiral in price. We have a very nice Fine cents copy available with only a couple of minor defects: a small ballpoint ’35c’ written above the printed price, and a tiny amount of wear on the lower 3mm of the spine. With good page quality and excellent cover colour and gloss, it’s offered at £50. And if that seems ridiculous to you for a comic from the mid-1970’s, well, we don’t disagree – but just look at what people are asking for it on eBay!