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"The Robot Hunt": This story is reprinted from Captain Marvel Adventures #129.

Limited Collectors' Edition #C-35 is an issue of the series Limited Collectors' Edition (Volume 1) with a cover date of April, 1975.

Synopsis for "The Robot Hunt"

This story is reprinted from Captain Marvel Adventures #129.

A scientist discovers with horror that the formula he's created is a self-renewing universal solvent that could destroy the world if it got out of its flask! He calls Billy Batson so Captain Marvel can safely dump it somewhere in outer space. King Kull overhears this and tries to steal the solvent to let it destroy the human race so he can have his revenge. Eventually the bottle's broken, but Captain Marvel flies around it fast enough to spin it into a whirlwind that flies the stuff into space. King Kull escapes to menace the world anew.

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Synopsis for "The Plot Against the Universe"

This story is reprinted from Captain Marvel Adventures #100.

Dr. Sivana comes up with a new angle in getting rid of Captain Marvel: attack Shazam, who bestows the hero his power. Even though he knows about the wizard, though, Sivana doesn't know how he and Marvel interact. At the same time, Mr. Tawny's working on his memoirs and realizes that despite being one of Captain Marvel's closest friends, he doesn't know how the hero got his powers. He asks Billy, who agrees to take Tawny to the cave where he meets Shazam's ghost when he needs help. The wizard explains he's able to appear because of his magical Shazamium bracelet. As they're leaving, Sivana captures Tawny and escapes in a time machine. He uses a hypno-ray to force Tawny to tell him where the wizard's secret lair is, then travels back to when Billy was first empowered. He hides behind the statue of Envy to kill Billy before he gets his powers. However, Tawny manages to bump Sivana so he hits his head on the statue and gets knocked out, allowing history to proceed as it had before, and Captain Marvel appears for the first time.

Tawny takes Sivana back to the time machine to deliver him to the authorities in their own time. Once they're back in 1949, Sivana manages to give him the slip by screaming he's being attacked by an escaped tiger. He makes it back to his ship and disappears. Soon Billy arrives at Shazam's cave, summons the wizard and asks to see his Shazamium bracelet. Once he has it, he rips off a mask to reveal he was Sivana in disguise the whole time! With the bracelet he's untouchable, and without it Shazam will disappear forever within 24 hours. When the real Billy, having rescued Tawny and heard his story, comes to the wizard's cave for advice, he finds the spectral Sivana summoned instead! He relates the fate that awaits Shazam, and because he's the wizard's benefactor, the fate that also awaits Marvel!

In order to save Shazam, Sivana demands Marvel accompany him to the Rock of Eternity, and aid in his conquest. Marvel righteously refuses, but Shazam tells him to as he's told, "so it is written." Marvel agrees for the time being, motivated solely by faith in his mentor. The task Marvel's given is to make robots out of Sivanium, a "living metal" that can be used to make perfect duplicates of Sivana. He plans to send them out into every world and time that can be accessed from the Rock of Eternity, and take over. Alone for a minute, Marvel vents his frustrations by smashing the latest Sivana duplicate he's made to bits. He isn't any closer to saving Shazam as time ticks down, but it's given Marvel an idea...

Marvel creates a robot of himself to keep making imitation Sivanas to keep the real from suspecting anything while he's gone. The hero flies to a metalworks and devises a new element, which he calls Marvelium. Soon, Sivana overhears Billy Batson making his broadcast, and realizes the Marvel who's been building robots is a fake. Sivana flies to WHIZ to get to the bottom of this, where Billy admits defeat and says he's built a memorial to the great genius. His ego piqued, Sivana enters, but finds himself trapped despite his ethereal form. Marvel can easily take back the Shazamium bracelet and gives it to Shazam in the nick of time (the duplicate Marvel and the duplicate Sivanas having destroyed each other in a terrific brawl in the meantime). Marvel tells the wizard he wishes he hadn't been ordered to go along with Sivana's schemes, but the wizard points out doing so was what let him get the upper hand: by figuring out how to use Sivanium, he was able to keep Sivana distracted and come up with the plan to build a cell inescapable even to the supernatural. If he'd tried to attack Sivana head-on, he would've just wasted valuable time.

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Synopsis for Marvel Family: "The Marvel Family Curse!"

This story is reprinted from The Marvel Family #17.

Freddy while searching through records finds the diary of Joseph Batson where he recounts how he captured the Salem Witch. He found her turning his best heifer another color. He fought her, and finally succeeded in binding and gagging her tight. He took his cow out, then returned with two men, but found the barn on fire. The Witch tried to free herself, but knocked over the oil lamp and caused a fire. She says by seven the Seventh Generation will perish in flames. Her name was Margaret Crabbetson. They buried her scorched bones under her true Christian name. Freddy thinks of how this is 1947 and Billy and Mary are the seventh generation of the Batsons. Later there is a fire in a building. Captain and Mary Marvel save people. They investigate and discover Crabbetson, the owner of the building, is involved, burning buildings down for insurance, when they see him talking to one of the arsonists. However they are knocked out and he decides to start another fire and eliminate them, saying one of his ancestors died in such a manner. Freddy sees another fire and decides to search the basement to see if anybody is there as Captain Marvel Jr. He finds Billy and Mary Batson bound and gagged in there. He releases them and they summon the Marvels. Crabbetson threatens them with a thermite flask, but he falls down steps and it explodes when he falls on it, killing him in flames. Cap comments he is Crabbetson, and Jr. thinks of how he must be the descendant of the Salem Witch, who nearly made the old curse come true.

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Synopsis for "Captain Marvel Battles the World"

This story is reprinted from Captain Marvel Adventures #148.

The planet Earth gets annoyed with the people living on it taking it for granted and digging holes into its sides with oil drills, and unleashes numerous natural disasters that Captain Marvel barely manages to avert. The planet feels the fear of death when, after all his attempts to bedevil humanity, a comet almost strikes him, but Captain Marvel averts that disaster too. The moon eventually teaches Earth some perspective, that it ought to be glad to be a planet teeming with life, unlike the cold, airless surface of the moon.

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  1. DC Calendar establishes November, 8 as Captain Marvel's debut.
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