SHAZAM At Last
A tall suntanned gentleman enters Shela's
Ancient Cargo Book store and goes directly
to the comic book section and searches through
stacks of old DC comics.
Shela climbs down from a ladder and asks,
“Are you looking for some books in particular?”
He nods, “I need an old Captain Marvel that
has the word SHAZAM on a cover.
The man's dark hair is white at the temples and
his handsome mature face is bronzed by the sun.
He wears a blue wind breaker over a red-and-white
striped cotton shirt, and a navy captain's hat.
The book store owner realizes, with a start, if
Captain America grew older, this could be the
World War II hero.
“Are you a collector,” she asks.
“No. I am just a fan. When we were kids, my
older brother read Marvel comics to me.
I love Shazam and decided if I ever
got a boat when I grew up, I would christen it SHAZAM.”
“And so is that day here?” she asks.
“Yes, And I want my boat name
rendered exactly in the style of the word I saw in the comic books.
I am looking for a classic SHAZAM to show the
signmaker to paint on the stern on my yacht.”
Shela pulls a shabby comic from a “well read “stack of
DC books that still has bright letters intact and presents
it to the new boat owner saying,
“Regard this SHAZAM as a gift from Joe Simon.
It's a marvelous word, Long may it sail.”