* MSoE is complete!
My comp copies of Shazam! MSoE #4 arrived this morning! That means they will be in stores on Wednesday! To celebrate the release of the final installment of The Monster Society of Evil, Steve, Kathleen, and I made a special Monster Egg, which we've hidden in today's blog, which is all about the secret code.
In the original serialization of the Monster Society of Evil in 1942, the secret code was used to tease the reader about the title of the next chapter. In our current version, the code is used in a similar way – - to disguise the chapter titles that appear on the inside covers.
The covers were designed to look like old movie serial posters, which often had a frame for switching out a photo based on the newest chapter of the serial.
The New Monster Society of Evil was constructed in four chapters, each one spotlighting one of the major players. The code we used is based on the old Captain Marvel Fan Club Code and is the same one used in the original serial. I'll tell you what it is, but you can't tell anyone else, okay? The Monster Code is the alphabet backwards; A=Z, B=Y, etc. Here are the four decoded titles…
MSoE Chapter One: Billy has a Secret!
MSoE Chapter Two: Mary Takes the Cake!
MSoE Chapter Three: Sivana Comes on Strong!
And our final installment, MSoE Chapter Four: Mr. Mind Makes his Move!
I hope you had fun reading MSoE, and thanks for putting up with my schedule and my secret codes! It's been a lot of fun for me, and I look forward to seeing you at the San Diego Comic-Con International in a couple of weeks.
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