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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?

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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.

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Episode 06 – Knock-Off Captain Marvels

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Episode 06 – Knock-Off Captain Marvels

It turns out that not even an unjust trademark lawsuit can keep Earth’s Mightiest Mortal down for long!  Despite Captain Marvel’s absence from the publishing world his mythos continues to show up repeatedly in new characters.  While these characters aren’t particularly memorable they demonstrate the enduring power of the Captain Marvel character.  When you’re done listening to this episode be sure to visit shazamcast.com and check out the As Mentioned post for this episode!

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Jerry Ordway Interview on We Talk Comics

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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:

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Fan Made Shazam Movie Trailers

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The subReddit dedicated to Captain Marvel Shazam has yielded two movie trailers for the upcoming (and obviously highly anticipated) Shazam movie.  Both got me excited for the movie and some parts even gave me some goosebumps.

Since I’m not sure how many of Shazamcast!‘s readers visit Reddit I thought I’d post them here.  Enjoy!

The first is from Youtube user AListProductions:

The second is from Youtube user UltraSeargeant:

Last but not least, from Youtube user TMPCTD:

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DC Knows Captain Marvel’s Name!

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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.

Based on the Reddit discussions on the issue it seems that the average comic book reader today is okay with re-naming the character Shazam, silly as that idea is.

In that context it is nice to see DC, in their recent Superman Annual #3 acknowledge what should be commonly recognized:  Earth’s Mightiest Mortal is named Captain Marvel.

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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!

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Check Out The Superman and Captain Marvel Power Hour

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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.

The first episode is dedicated to 2010’s classic Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam.  You can find that episode HERE.

Be sure and subscribe podcast; here’s the iTunes link.  You can also connect with The Superman and Captain Marvel Power Hour via Facebook and Twitter (and you totally should)!

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Good News from DC Animated

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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!

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Check Out Who Is On the Cover to Cyborg #9

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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.

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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.

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As Mentioned in Episode 05 – Interview with Jeff Farham

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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.

2. You can also connect with The World’s Mightiest Mortal blog on Twitter and Facebook (and you should).

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.

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Episode 05 – Interview with Jeff Farham

Episode 05 – Interview with Jeff Farham

This interview with Jeff Farham of The World’s Mightiest Marvel blog amounts to a winding conversation which addresses Captain Marvel from multiple angles. We touch on the television series from the 70s, being too tight to buy important issues, and even the religious metaphors present within the Captain Marvel character. Hopefully the center will be found in the Golden Age Captain Marvel and serve to help people connect with the character more.

One note: the recording is really choppy early on. I think you’ll find it settles down an becomes an easier listen pretty quickly though.