If you haven’t already be sure to give Episode 6 a listen.
1. Who Infringed on Who?
It’s like I’ve said before: You can be a great character, you can have great stories, you can be loved by every creator, but unless your name is Batman, you’re never going to be more important to DC Comics than Superman, and even that’s up for a pretty strong debate. At the end of the day, though, that core idea of Captain Marvel is still every bit as brilliant as it was in 1940 — an idea that was so good that they ended up turning Superman into it. – Chris Sims, Ask Chris #245: Superman vs. Shazam
2. The Fatman Cometh
How about that sidekick, huh? If you didn’t know better you’d think you knew where that last panel was heading…
But no… tragically, no. He’s Tinman! You get it?? Because he’s T’in and Fatman is Fat! Ha. Ha. Ha.
2. War Is An Ugly Thing
Is it just me or does young Tod Holton there look familiar?
All the entendre.
3. What A Fabulous Person You Are!
Only you know, Billy, how to see anything positive here.
See kids, this is what trademark infringement really looks like.
DC’s lawyers just sense a terrible disturbance in their intellectual properties.
You can read more about this awful character HERE if you are (a) a glutton for punishment or want to see more of M.F. Enterprises’s blatant rip-offs.
4. I Exist…To Die
The struggle [to find a reason for this character] is real.
Finally! And it only took 44 years to make the character work.
5. Ordway’s Nod
From The Power of Shazam! #27 (Click image for original panel without numbers):
So I’m guessing:
#1 – Billy Batson as Rick Jones
#2 – Kree-ish Captain Marvel?
#3 – Reference to Ms. Marvel (?)
#4 – Split/Xam Captain Marvel
#5 – Captain Thunder (to be Shazamcasted later)
#6 – 1987’s Shazam: The New Beginning‘s Cap (?)
#7 – Hoppy
What do you think? Let me know who you think these alterna-Captains are in the comments.