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Shazam’s New Patron Gods

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Lachlan Hibbert-Wells of the wonderful Ask the DC Multiverse Historian Blog has posted on Reddit what is definitively the best introduction I’ve seen yet to Captain Marvel Shazam’s new patron gods.  Be sure to follow the link to Reddit above and upvote his comment if you are a redditor and check out his blog.

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DC Gods

  • S’ivaa: An ‘Old God’ – as in the ones that came before the New Gods – and the new source of Shazam’s strength. From the DC Wiki:

After the death of the Old Gods and before the rise of the new, there was a time when monstrous shadow elementals walked he cosmos. The last of them remaining is S’ivaa, the Dancer of destruction, a powerful monster whose dance could destroy the universe. When the New Gods came to power, S’ivaa fell asleep under the eternal sea on New Genesis, there sleeping undisturbed for eons.

When Darkseid corrupted the Source S’ivaa awoke, and immediately proceeded to carry out his purpose. With all the Gods either powerless or uncaring due to the madness in the Source, S’ivaa made way to the middle point between Apokolips and New Genesis. There, he began his dance of destruction, which, when completed, would tear apart the fabric of space and time. To battle him, Highfather called upon Superman and Orion to stall S’ivaa, while himself and Darkseid sought to breach the Source and undo the damage Darkseid has done.

Eventually, S’ivaa was defeated when Superman and Orion tossed him through a hole in space he himself created, hurling him to the rupture in the Source Wall created by Highfather and Darkseid. S’ivaa was pulled into the Source Wall, becoming a part of it forever.

  • H’ronmeer: A Martian God of fire – you’ll probably have heard Martian Manhunter mention him – and the soure of Shazam’s new fire powers, which might also be linked to how he still flies somehow.

H’ronmeer is recognized as one of the more powerful and active Gods within the Martian pantheon.

The Green Martians are not always in agreement concerning H’ronmeer’s true motives and function. Some factions consider him the God of Death and Fire, while others consider him the God of Light and Life.

As H’ronmeer is a God of Death, he may function as an analog, or even an aspect of The Endless entity known as Death. Many members of the Endless are recognized by different names in different alien cultures. Death’s little brother, Dream, for example is known as the Martian God of dreams, L’zoril. It stands to reason then, that H’ronmeer actually is Death, albeit in a different form.

  • Zonuz: Another Old God, in fact the last of them, and along with being Darkseid’s father he’s also now the source of Shazam’s ‘source of manipulation’

Zonuz was the last Old God, original wielder of the Torment Sanction and the first God of Evil who adopted the name Yuga Khan. He also wielded the Anti-Life at one point in his life.

Reanimating the Old Gods his son murdered, Yuga Khan was decided to eliminate the New Gods so the Old Gods never die, but his children joined against him and was ultimately slain by the resentful, power-hungry Uxas while he was about to kill Izaya, his first-born son and Uxas’ older brother.

Real World Gods

  • Ate – A real world god from Greek mythology who is now the one that grants Shazam his ‘boldness’. From Wikipedia:

Atë is the Greek goddess of mischief, delusion, ruin, and folly. Até also refers to the action performed by a hero, usually because of hubris, that often leads to his or her death or downfall. Mythology personifies Atë as the daughter either of Zeus or of Eris.

  • Anapel – a Goddess of reincarnation worshipped by the Koryak people in Siberia, Russia. More obscure than the rest, she’s now the source of Shazam’s compassion. From Wikipedia:

Her name means “Little Grandmother” in the Koryak language. She was worshipped at ceremonies following the birth of a new child.

  • Mamaragan – A lightning God from Australian Aboriginal mythology, and now the source of Shazam’s lightning but, more interestingly, it’s revealed this is the true identity of the Wizard who chose Billy (and who, until the name switch post-Flashpoint, was known as the Wizard Shazam).

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Mamaragan or Namarrkun is a lightning god who speaks with thunder as his voice. He rides a storm-butt and throws lightning bolts to humans and trees. He lives in a puddle.

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As Mentioned in Episode 4 – Review of the Justice League: Darkseid War Shazam One-Shot

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Listen to the Episode HERE!

1. Go Get This IssueJustice League: Darkseid War – Shazam #1

2. Interview: C.C. Beck by Tom Heintjes for Hogan’s Alley Magazine (This is Really Worth Reading in Its Entirety)

When I looked at the first Captain Marvel story, I knew at once that here was a story worth illustrating. It had a beginning, a carefully constructed development of plot and characters leading to a climax and an ending, and nothing else. There was no pointless flying around and showing off, no padding, no “Look, Ma, I’m a superhero!” Out of 72 panels, Captain Marvel appeared in 18, or one-fourth… Without Bill Batson, Captain Marvel would have been merely another overdrawn, one-dimensional figure in a ridiculous costume, running around beating up crooks and performing meaningless feats of strength like all the other heroic figures of the time who were, with almost no exceptions, cheap imitations of Superman. In fact, I have always felt that flying figures in picture form are silly and unbelievable, and I would much sooner have never drawn them, but the publisher insisted on them. Most of the time Captain Marvel’s ability to fly had little or nothing to do with the plots of the stories in which he appeared.

3. Tweet from Writer Steve Orlando Regarding Mars/Malecandra

It was really kind of Orlando to reply and there is more to the conversation if you want to go read it all.

4. Go Check Out Ryan Daly’s Comic and Pop Culture Blogs

Follow Ryan on Twitter

The Secret Origins PodcastBlog / iTunes – Start with Episode #3 🙂

Flowers & Fishnets: A Black Canary PodcastBlog / iTunes – Episode 18 has the Shazamcast! shout out I mentioned.

Dead Bothan Spies: A Star Wars PodcastBlog / iTunes

G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast – BlogiTunes

4. For Real: Get This Issue – If Only for the Final Splashpage of Shazam

The headshot above is cropped from that final splash; really gorgeous work.  And, once you get the issue, let me know if you think that final splash indicates that Captain Marvel… er, Shazam, is flying (in contradiction to the earlier in-story implication that he cannot fly).

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Today is the Day: The Shazam Darkseid War One Shot Releases

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Way back 16 days ago we got word from creator Steve Orlando that Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel – alias: Shazam – was getting his own one-shot issue as part of the Justice League’s Darkseid:War storyline.

After that intolerably long wait we can finally snag a copy at your local comic book store or digitally.

I can’t help but urge you to pick this one up and right away.  As you know, raising Captain Marvel’s profile is the major aim of the Shazamcast! and there is no better way to convince DC to give us more Captain Marvel stories than to demonstrate there is money to be had in the venture.

If you need extra motivation check out the following links then head out to get your copy!

Preview Monday: JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR: SHAZAM! #1

Steve Orlando Talks Redesigning Shazam’s Pantheon For His Justice League: Darkseid War One-Shot

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Brokenhearted: We Almost Had a Marvel Family Ongoing???

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Yeah, I chose brokenhearted for a reason. I just got alerted to CBR’s article about the Morrison, Waid, and Simone Marvel Family ongoing that almost was but now never will be.

What an incredible concept:

“The idea was, three features, rotating the lead story; Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Mary Marvel,” Simone explained of the unproduced book. “Grant Morrison would write Jr., Mark Waid would write Cap, and I would write Mary Marvel.”

“I mean, how freaking cool would that be? Mark Waid on Cap, Grant on Jr? That would be the best DC book ever,” said Simone. “That is one of the few real regrets I have for a project that didn’t quite happen.”

No joke: I would have bought this title if only for Simone’s take on Mary Marvel:

“The thing is, I love Mary Marvel for some very specific reasons,” Simone explained. “I love the entire Marvel family because I think they are the best wish story in comics. They are poor, abandoned orphans with no one, and they are granted all the power in the world with a magic word. A word anyone reading could say.”

“And they don’t use their power to be grim dickheads, they use it to be kind and charming and to stop bullies and oppressors,” she continued. “More than that, quite specifically, Mary Marvel was always one of the few girl heroes who actually behaved like a girl.”

“I can’t stress what a big deal that was. So many young girls oversexualized or endlessly, shallowly aggressive in comics. But Mary had that early Peter Parker thing where she actually dealt with being young in a different, believable way.”

Not only would I have bought this title with giddiness I would have purchased additional copies of every issue for my daughters.

We were this close… and that makes New 52 Billy, The Curse of Shazam, and all the rest that has gone wrong so, so, so much worse by comparison.

If anyone needs me I’ll be at my desk trying to unknot my stomach…

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Favorite Ordway Power of Shazam Cover

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I’m posting this just for some gratuitous enjoyment of good art featuring [a verson of] Earth’s Mightiest Mortal.

Yes, I realize this shot, taken from Power of Shazam #26, is of an alternate world.  It is gorgeous nonetheless and is my favorite cover among the very rich crop of selections from Ordway’s run.

Is it too much to ask for a year’s worth of Elseworlds issues coming from this world?  I propose the name Earth-Awesomest for the designation.

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Reddit Discussions of the Captain Marvel Trademark Proposal

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Reddit Discussions of the Captain Marvel Trademark Proposal

Yesterday was a big day for this website; hits exceeded, by far, anything recorded until now.

Most of those hits came from the places on Reddit where I posted links to Carl Shinyama’s argument about Marvel and DC sharing the Captain Marvel trademark.

If you are interested in reading those discussions you can find them at the following links.  And yeah, I accidentally wrote copyright rather than trademark the first two times I posted links on Reddit.  Sorted from most comments to least:

DC Subreddit: Time for Marvel and DC to Share the Captain Marvel Copyright?

Marvel Subreddit: Time for Marvel and DC to Share the Captain Marvel Copyright?

Comic Books Subreddit: Time for Marvel and DC to Share the Captain Marvel Trademark?

Shazam Subreddit: Time for Marvel and DC to Share the Captain Marvel Trademark (no comments at the time of this writing).