Look, in general I LIKE Geoff Johns. But I am more and more dissatisfied with his "angry young punk" characterization of Billy Batson. It's just not ....Billy, any more than you can convince me young Clark Kent was an angry young punk (although Grant Morrison got the early adult Superman exactly right as a social reformer unsatisfied with society as it stood, as Jerry Siegel repeatedly showed). We're missing the essence of the character. Shazam picked him because he was "pure of heart"...and what does that mean?
Warning. Triggers for CHILD ABUSE and CHILD CRUELTY. If seeing such distresses you (at least moreso than child cruelty SHOULD distresses ANY normal right-thinking individual) or can trigger a severe response in you, DON'T CLICK ON THIS. Some Golden Age stories are not all happy, and as you'll see from this story in 1948-- if you thought Billy had a tough childhood before, you didn't know the half of it.
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