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When Mister Mind Was Literally Just a Disembodied Voice!

In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.

Today, we look at a bit of a twist on the topic, which is the fact that Mister Mind, when he debuted, wasn't actually a worm yet, but only because his creator had no idea WHAT he was at first!

Mister Mind, of course, is well known as the super-intelligent alien worm who has caused all sorts of problem for Captain Marvel/Shazam over the years. Here is Mister Mind from his Who's Who? entry from 1986 with an awesome drawing of the villain by Scott Shaw!...

However, that worm form didn't show up until well into the classic story, The Monster Society of Evil, by Otto Binder and C.C. Beck that began in Captain Marvel Adventures #22. No, when we first "meet" Mister Mind, he was simply a voice...

A voice that loved evil SO MUCH! He teamed up with Captain Nazi, but not because Mister Mind was a Nazi. No, he just loved evil and he figured Captain Nazi could help him do a little evil...

He later taunts Captain Marvel...

In the next issue, we learn that Mister Mind lives on a weird world out in space somewhere...

In Captain Marvel Adventures #24, Mister Mind turns to Doctor Sivana...

They are a delightful pair together...

At the end of the issue, Billy is frozen solid in a block of ice, Captain America-style!

Luckily, a bear knocks him over in the next issue...

Billy finally figures out where Mister Mind is based...

But when he gets to his base, he confuses one of Mister Mind's subjects for Mister Mind...

This goes on for a little bit ("No, that's not me, that's a robot!").

And when a worm drops on Billy Batson, he thinks nothing of it...

Howevever, at the end of the issue, Mister Mind has escaped! How did Billy miss him?

See how Billy finally met Mister Mind and learn how Binder came up with the idea of making him a worm!

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