If you haven’t seen it already, the beautiful Dan Panosian cover of Cyborg #9 features none other than Shazam. So yeah, I’ll be buying this one for sure. Maybe we’ll get to see Billy Batson taking his new powers/pantheon out for a spin.
Here are the details courtesy of DC’s official site:
Federal forces are sent to capture Cyborg and his technology—but things take a bizarre twist when tensions rise among members of the Justice League, who are split over what Cyborg should do. Shazam doesn’t understand why Cyborg won’t go along with the federal agents. Could this be the moment that ends their friendship?
According to the mothership the issue goes on sale March 23rd.
1. The most important link coming out of Episode 05 – that is to Jeff Farham’s wonderful Golden Age Captain Marvel Blog, The World’s Mightiest Mortal.
Click. Read. Enjoy.
3. Jeff also has a seperate blog dedicated to the Bronze Age incarnation of the Captain Marvel character that is well worth checking out: Captain Marvel’s Adventures
4. Visit the Shazamcast! Read tab to find links to a treasure trove of Golden Age Captain Marvel digital comics.
5. Those interested in the Shazam! TV series should take a look at Jeff Farham’s interview with Jackson Bostwick, the actor who initially played Captain Marvel on that series.
6. If you want to know more about the C.S. Lewis reference in our conversation this article should be helpful.
The last good idea I had on this front was to cast Logan Lerman as Billy Batson but, considering Lerman is now 23 years old, that ship has sailed.
So, what do you think about IGN’s choices? I guess the only non-negotiable (in my heart anyway) is “John Cena? Are you kidding?”
Comics Alliance has released their list of Characters Most in Need of a Solo Book in 2016. They’ve rightly picked Shazm, née Captain Marvel. And look which books and creator they point to as models for the suggested on-going:
I can’t claim to be a long-time fan of DC’s Captain Marvel. In a universe that already has a Superman, he always felt like a slightly goofy spare to me. But in the past twelve months, I’ve read two comics that changed my mind: Multiversity’s Thunderworld Adventures and Convergence: Shazam. The artists on each series — Cameron Stewart and Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner — offer up different but equally simple takes on the character, all square-jawed heroism and joyously improbable strongman muscles. The Shazam series — easily the best thing to come out of Convergence — played up the simple bright appeal of the characters even further, by contrasting the incredibly crisp reds and yellows of Jordie Bellaire’s colours with the darkness of Gotham by Gaslight.
So now I’d love to see a Shazam series drawn by Shaner, one that goes to the bright, silly places that modern Superman comics often fear to tread, ideally with Mr Mind as the recurring big bad. I mean, a psychic mastermind caterpillar — what’s not to like? [Alex Spencer]
In a word, yes. Even Spencer, someone who confesses himself not a fan of the character, gets the appeal of the character which Stewart and Shaner both tapped into and continued in their respective works. Both Thunderworld and Convergence: Shazam were unembarrassed by the character’s light-hearted history while also carrying that light-heartedness forward without being trapped by what had already been done. (TL;DR – they wrote a historically faithful version of the character that was a blast to read in a contemporary context.)
So again, yes, what is needed this year is a Shazam on-going. Come on
Santa DC – make it happen for all of us volunteer members of the Marvel Family. Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men might not be in your reach but giving Cap a chance to shine certainly is.
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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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 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 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
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.
Her name means “Little Grandmother” in the Koryak language. She was worshipped at ceremonies following the birth of a new child.
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.
Listen to the Episode HERE!
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
— Shazamcast (@theshazamcast) November 12, 2015
@theshazamcast probably! Malecandra is the name of Mars in the DCU
— Steve Orlando (@thesteveorlando) November 12, 2015
It was really kind of Orlando to reply and there is more to the conversation if you want to go read it all.
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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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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).