|Captain Marvel art by Alex Ross|
|Captain Marvel Adventures #142|
|Captain Marvel Adventures #4|
|Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel|
Well, I became familiar with the character in the late 1970s by way of the live-action Saturday Mornings TV series produced by FILMATION, the SHAZAM!-ISIS HOUR starring JOHN DAVEY & JOANNA CAMERON as the superheroes. The character of ISIS would later be re-introduced into the DC Universe as BLACK ADAM's wife by JOHNS during his run on the year long 52 series.
|Joanna Cameron as Isis|
|A nice shot of Joanna Cameron's tits :)|
Next in the early 1980s I found the good CAPTAIN back on Saturday mornings as an animated cartoon series playing on THE KID SUPER POWER HOUR WITH SHAZAM!. The CAPTAIN along with ISIS would make guest appearances on the animated HERO HIGH episodes as well starring in his own animated adventures with the MARVEL FAMILY. Some of the CAPTAIN's supervillains would make their animated debuts on this series. MISTER MIND, IBAC, & BLACK ADAM would be seen for the first time as animated characters.
But the first time I can remember seeing the CAPTAIN in a comic book was as a back-up series in the pages of WORLD'S FINEST COMICS, written by E. NELSON BRIDWELL & drawn by the late great DON NEWTON . Someday I hope DC puts together the entire BRIDWELL-NEWTON SHAZAM! run into a trade paperbacks because it is just beautiful.I gave me a lasting impression on how the CAPTAIN should be.
|Shazam! art by Don Newton|
At the start of the whole 52 Relaunch I questioned what would happen to the CAPTAIN & other DC favorites of mine (like the JUSTICE SOCIETY). The character sort of showed up in the pages of FLASHPOINT as the superhero CAPTAIN THUNDER which I thought was cool. They were kind of like CAPTAIN PLANET and the PLANETEERS, with all 6 teenagers shouting out "SHAZAM!", calling forth CAPTAIN THUNDER.
Made me wonder if DC was trying on the name, seeing how it fit the character. It was the first choice by the original creators BILL PARKER & C.C. BECK in 1940, but had to change it after they found out it was already being used (not only that, but their title too, FLASH COMICS).
|Ashcan copy of Flash Comics starring Captain Thunder|
|The Other Captain Marvel|
DC did try for awhile after the INFINITE CRISIS in 2006 calling him just SHAZAM with CAPTAIN MARVEL, JR. taking over the role of "World's Mightiest Mortal" in THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM by JUDD WINICK & HOWARD PORTER. The magic word being most associated by people with the character was an obvious for DC. Funny, at the same time WINICK & PORTER were pitching their idea about revamping the hero, GEOFF JOHNS & ALEX ROSS pitch their idea for a new series they called "SAY MY NAME...SHAZAM!". Why DC Choose TRAILS OF SHAZAM over in my opinion the superstar team of JOHNS & ROSS is a mystery.
|Shazam art by Alex Ross|
So far JOHNS, FRANK, & DC haven't call the character by the name of CAPTAIN MARVEL, just SHAZAM, so I'm guesting that how the character will be now known in the NEW 52 Universe.
Although the news makes me quit happy, I am sad that the CAPTAIN is only returning as a back-up in the pages of the JUSTICE LEAGUE and not as a regular series of his own, but a can see why DC is doing this.
|Justice League art by Jim Lee|
|Black Adam art by Alex Ross|
|Superman art by Gary Frank|
|Squadron Supreme art by Gary Frank|
|Supergirl's attention to detail|
|Gary Frank's Sexy She-Hulk|
|Stan Lee's SHAZAM!|
|Captain Marvel Adventures #18|
|Snow White Mary Marvel or ...|
|Black Leather Mary Marvel, art by Alex Ross|
|Shazam! art by Gary Frank|
I can't wait until I can read aloud those magic words again, SHAZAM!