|The Marvel Family #50|
Professor Thorne reappears in Shazam! #16 in the story, "The Man Who Stole Justice!" Thorne has hatched a new evil plot, but this time he is not stealing speech, he is stealing justice! Professor Thorne wants to get his revenge on Judge Pleasant who had sentenced him to 25 years in jail for his speech stealing crime! Of course, he was creating and perfecting this plan while in jail.
How does Thorne steal justice? He removes the statue of Lady Justice outside of the courthouse and replaces it with a statue of Injustice (one of the 7 Deadly Enemies of Man). But this is no ordinary statue as it transmits vibrations to Judge Pleasant's mind making him reverse justice by releasing the guilty and penalizing the innocent. Even Captain Marvel himself is sent to jail by Judge Pleasant!
While everything seems to go according to plan and Professor Thorne is enjoying his revenge, he forgets to factor in the fortitude of Captain Marvel! Cap destroys the statue of Injustice and captures Professor Thorne once again.
I enjoyed reading this story and seeing a villain brought back from Captain Marvel's golden age. I appreciated the continuity from The Marvel Family #50 to this issue of Shazam! Professor Thorne made a brief come-back in his life of crime only to be thwarted by the come-back of the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel!