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As Mentioned in Episode 6 – Captain Marvel Knock-Offs

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If you haven’t already be sure to give Episode 6 a listen.

 

1. Who Infringed on Who?

SupermanAndCaptainMarvel

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

Like Fat Marvel bleached his hair and went solo.
Like Fat Marvel bleached his hair and went solo.

Who could have forseen this concept would wear thin so quickly?
Who could have forseen this concept would wear thin so quickly?

 

In case it wasn't clear enough... and we'll repeat this every other page or so.
In case it wasn’t clear enough… and we’ll repeat this every other page or so.

 

Not hard to see this as Beck fighting the Marvel of his day.
Not hard to see this as Beck fighting the Marvel of his day.

How about that sidekick, huh? If you didn't know better you'd think you knew where that last panel was heading...

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.

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

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That cover is… troublesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it just me or does young Tod Holton there look familiar?

Is it just me or does young Tod Holton there look familiar?

 

"Save the Monk, Save the World."
“Save the Monk, Save the World.”

 

The Jungle Monk bestows the Jungle Amulet. In the Jungle. Not pictured: Afterwards the group joined in a festive dance of the Jungle Boogie.

 

"Hey, remember the super powerful weapon I just put in your hat? Make sure you give that to a kid to play with A.S.A.P."
“Hey, remember the super powerful weapon I just put in your hat? Make sure you give that to a kid to play with A.S.A.P.”

 

All the entendre.

All the entendre.

 

3. What A Fabulous Person You Are!

This guy sucks all the suckage that can be sucked.
This guy sucks all the suckage that can be sucked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only you know, Billy, how to see anything positive here.

Only you know, Billy, how to see anything positive here.

See kids, this is what trademark infringement really looks like.

See kids, this is what trademark infringement really looks like.

 

DC's lawyers just sense a terrible disturbance in their intellectual properties.

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

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“It was awful – just an imitation of any of the other costumed characters I’d ever done.” – Gene Colan, co-creator.

 

I prefer a lightning bolt myself. But maybe that’s just me.

 

Ah, the surprise ending to an illustrious… erm… well, the ending to a career.

 

The struggle [to find a reason for this character] is real.

The struggle [to find a reason for this character] is real.

 

Finally! And it only took 44 years to make the character work.

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):

NameThatCaptain

 

 

 

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.

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2 Comments

  • Andrew Wilson on 08/29/2016

    Was there a specific reason you did not cover/ mention the UK version of Captain Marvel published after the Fawcett/DC lawsuit stopped the supply of US stories to reprint. The premise was left unchanged with the magic word changed to Kimota and the character name to Marvelman.

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      Curator on 08/29/2016

      Andrew, check out Episode 07. Thanks for the comment!

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