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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.

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The Superhero Show: 6 Actors Who Could Play Shazam

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I try to leave the Shazam movie discussion to others who are better qualified but I thought this video from IGN‘s The Superhero Show might be of interest to Shazamcast readers.

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?”

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All I Want for Christmas is a Captain Marvel On-Going Series

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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.)

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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.

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Shazam’s New Patron Gods

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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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DC Gods

  • S’ivaa: An ‘Old God’ – as in the ones that came before the New Gods – and the new source of Shazam’s strength. From the DC Wiki:

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: A Martian God of fire – you’ll probably have heard Martian Manhunter mention him – and the soure of Shazam’s new fire powers, which might also be linked to how he still flies somehow.

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: Another Old God, in fact the last of them, and along with being Darkseid’s father he’s also now the source of Shazam’s ‘source of manipulation’

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

  • Ate – A real world god from Greek mythology who is now the one that grants Shazam his ‘boldness’. From Wikipedia:

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.

  • Anapel – a Goddess of reincarnation worshipped by the Koryak people in Siberia, Russia. More obscure than the rest, she’s now the source of Shazam’s compassion. From Wikipedia:

Her name means “Little Grandmother” in the Koryak language. She was worshipped at ceremonies following the birth of a new child.

  • Mamaragan – A lightning God from Australian Aboriginal mythology, and now the source of Shazam’s lightning but, more interestingly, it’s revealed this is the true identity of the Wizard who chose Billy (and who, until the name switch post-Flashpoint, was known as the Wizard Shazam).

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.

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As Mentioned in Episode 4 – Review of the Justice League: Darkseid War Shazam One-Shot

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Listen to the Episode HERE!

1. Go Get This IssueJustice League: Darkseid War – Shazam #1

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

It was really kind of Orlando to reply and there is more to the conversation if you want to go read it all.

4. Go Check Out Ryan Daly’s Comic and Pop Culture Blogs

Follow Ryan on Twitter

The Secret Origins PodcastBlog / iTunes – Start with Episode #3 🙂

Flowers & Fishnets: A Black Canary PodcastBlog / iTunes – Episode 18 has the Shazamcast! shout out I mentioned.

Dead Bothan Spies: A Star Wars PodcastBlog / iTunes

G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast – BlogiTunes

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).

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Episode 04 – Review of the Justice League: Darkseid War Shazam One-Shot

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This brief episode of the Shazamcast focuses on the recently released Justice League: Darkseid War Shazam #1 One-Shot.  Despite some weaknesses, this issue turns out to be one of the best of all the Darkseid War one-shots as well as a stand-out single-issue. Join us for the details!

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Today is the Day: The Shazam Darkseid War One Shot Releases

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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.

After that intolerably long wait we can finally snag a copy at your local comic book store or digitally.

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!

Preview Monday: JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR: SHAZAM! #1

Steve Orlando Talks Redesigning Shazam’s Pantheon For His Justice League: Darkseid War One-Shot