After that it seems like now’s the time to take a look at the bad guy, Black Adam. If you want to read up on his first appearance grab a copy of Shazam! A Celebration of 75 Years or you can head over to Comic Books + or The Digital Comic Museum for some really beautiful scans.
Also, after you listen to Episode 11, check out this piece from TheComicBooks.com on Comic Book Advisory Boards.
In a recent interview with Blastr DC Comics’ CCO Geoff Johns had this to say about how the Shazam character relates to DC’s Rebirth:
Will Shazam be getting his own book? What about Justice Society and Legion of Super Heroes? And what’s the strategy to rolling it out?
“There will be a Shazam book. Not by me, but they’re definitely doing a Shazam book. One of the reasons they’re double shipping, the advantage to double-ship, is to take the number of titles and contract it, and the number of characters. Get these characters right. Then, slowly, when you’ve made sure everything’s working in a great way, then Shazam comes out. Legion of Super-Heroes comes out. Justice Society comes out. Atom comes out. All the other books can come out. But it’s important to get them done right first. It is hard to launch 52 books, and make them all great. I think it’s better to focus on fewer characters, then expand it as the emotional base is back.”
It doesn’t sound like there is an aggressive time frame. I have major doubts that Johns can lead a project that gets the character right.
But I’m very encouraged to hear Johns commit to a
Captain Marvel Shazam title in print as well as hear him emphasize the need to get the character right (particularly when combined with his note that he won’t be doing the book).
I got this question via Twitter today:
— Jamie Andreassen (@WiccanBeyond) April 8, 2016
Thanks a ton for asking Jamie!
Since Twitter is a limited forum (literally; 140 characters) I thought I’d use this space to answer more thoroughly and give others a chance to read it via this site. [By the way, if any of you reading aren’t familiar with DC’s Rebirth concept you can find out more here.]
My answer comes in tiers because I have both great dreams and limited optimism.
Tier 1 would be the ultimate package: we get a Captain Marvel whose historical identity has been restored. He’s named Captain Marvel, he’s working with the spirit of a Wizard named Shazam, and the creative team (specifically involving Doc Shaner) loves the character and is writing in the long established ethos of the character. We’d also get Mary, CMJ, and the rest of the Captain Marvel family back throughout the series. Cap is a sometimes member of the Justice League and gets called in from time to time, not always to settle down a rogue Superman.
Tier 2 would be (my attempt) at a compromise position. We’re stuck with the current Shazam name it appears, based on DC’s stated intentions. That means we also have a Wizard named… Wizard I guess. However, the creative team would calibrate the character according to Ordway’s Power of Shazam!, Morrison’s Thunderworld, and Shaner’s Convergence (which means they also wouldn’t buy the apparent editorial mandate at DC that everything be grimy in appearance and morally shady in narrative), providing the classic and yet modern take on Marvel’s characterization that has created generations of fans.
Tier 3 is the level at which I’ll become furious with the project if DC doesn’t have enough sense to incorporate (not at my suggestion but rather for the sake of sanity).
And here it is, the absolute bare minimum standard that DC Comics can and should do, both in their own interests and the interest of fans:
Have a Billy Batson who isn’t a self-centered jerk.
Feast your eyes on that beauty right there.
The good people of Mezco Toyz have opened up pre-orders for their new 1:12
Captain Marvel Shazam figure and it is a wonder of poseable customization.
Is it just me or does he kinda look like Norm MacDonald?
Head on over to Mezco Toy’s promo page to lay down your digitial currency and check out all the pictures of this gorgeous figure.
Jerry Ordway has a legitimate claim to Greatest Captain Marvel storyteller of all time. If you’re a fan (as you should be) you’ll want to check out the most recent episode of We Talk Comics.
Head over to Comicosity to get the details on the episode as well as links to all the places you can listen or stream it below via Stiitcher:
If you’ve listened to the Shazamcast! podcast or read this accompanying blog for very long you know that what to call Captain Marvel is a big deal and, in quite literal fashion, a first concern. And an ongoing one. For real.
Now that DC editorial has demonstrated they know the character’s name can we also hope they understand the need for an ongoing series featuring Captain Marvel?
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Credit for this post belongs to Twitter user Adam Shank (@BizzaroLuther) for this find. Thanks Adam!
Good news! There is a new podcast featuring The World’s Mightiest Mortal! It’s called The Superman and Captain Marvel Power Hour and you can find its homepage HERE.
As you can tell from the name, the author is focusing on two of the most historically significant (and directly linked) characters in comic history.
Carl Shinyama of Facebook and Twitter‘s Let’s Talk Shazam (who you should follow at the links earlier in this sentence) has pointed out some good news about the upcoming Justice League Action cartoon. Now here’s to hoping that Captain Marvel won’t be as much of a background character as that image seems to suggest!