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As Mentioned in Episode 02 – The Original Origin of Captain Marvel

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Listen to the episode here.

Whiz Comics #2 – Comic Books Plus and The Digital Comic Museum (Note: both sites require registration to download)

1. Super Creepy, Right?

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2. Why???

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3. Theological Overtones

Captain Marvel isn’t the only superhero with a theological flavor to his origin.  Check out Ethan Lewis‘ article on Den of Geek titled Mensch of Steel: Superman’s Jewish Roots.

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4. These Guys Related or Does Advanced Age Bring Appearance Uniformity?

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5. Yeah, Morris, Because IT IS RIDICULOUS!

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Episode 02 – The Original Origin of Captain Marvel!

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Episode 02 – The Original Origin of Captain Marvel!

You have found Episode 02 of the Shazamcast, a podcast dedicated to Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel of the DC Universe.

Have you read Whiz Comics #2, the original origin of Captain Marvel? Here’s your chance for a guided tour through one of comics’ most important origin stories!

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Remembering Otto Binder

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Remembering Otto Binder

41 years ago today Otto Binder died in Chestertown, New York at the age of 63.

In his lengthy and varied career as a writer he was responsible not only for a large volume of early Captain Marvel stories but also co-created (mostly with artist CC Beck) what amounts to the distinctive Captain Marvel mythology – Mary Marvel, Tawky Tawny, Black Adam, Mister Mind, The Monster Society of Evil, Ibac, King Kull, Mister Atom, and even Dr Sivana’s two evil children, Georgia and Thaddeus Jr.

In one of the greatest examples of irony in comicdom, after Captain Marvel was legally shut down because of his similarity to Superman, Binder went on to develop the Superman mythology in a way highly similar to his work on Cap.

It is thus no wonder that Comics Alliance’s Benito Cereno has placed Binder’s name among the greatest creators of the Golden and Silver ages of comics like Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Bill Finger, and Jerry Siegel – as well as identifying Binder as perhaps comics’ most underrated creator.

You can remember Binder today by reading his first Captain Marvel story in Captain Marvel Adventures #9 titled “Captain Marvel Saves the King.”  You can find the issue on Comic Book + and The Digital Comic Museum.

Thanks for all the great stories Otto!

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Flashback: Captain Marvel by Alex Ross

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Flashback: Captain Marvel by Alex Ross

This gorgeous piece comes from issue #5 of Ross’ 2005 Justice series which you can learn more about here and purchase here.  If you, like so many others, find Ross’ work engrossing you are in for a treat: TwoMorrows Publishing has an extensive write up (based in part on an interview with the artist himself) about Ross’ work on Captain Marvel and his family.

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Also, since you are here, go cast your vote for the greatest Captain Marvel story of all time (thus far).  You can vote for Ross’ excellent The Power of Hope story or any other you choose.

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Poll: The Greatest Captain Marvel Story

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Poll: The Greatest Captain Marvel Story

Benito Cereno has done Captain Marvel fans the great service of writing up an article on Comics Alliance attempting to identify the greatest Captain Marvel stories by decade.

Plaing off that article, I’m curious what readers/listeners of The Shazamcast would say is the greatest Captain Marvel story thus far.

Thus, in the poll below, you will find Cereno’s choices alongside a few of my own (my site, my poll, right?) plus the opportunity for you to submit your own choice (be sure and leave the issue number and title along with why you love the story in the comments).

Start off by reading Cereno’s article then scroll down past the poll for descriptions of the story lines I added (if they aren’t familiar).

So let’s have it: what is the best Captain Marvel story of all time?

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The Greatest Captain Marvel Tale of All Time (Thus Far)

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(1970s) Make Way for Captain Thunder
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(2000s) Shazam! The Power of Hope
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(2010s) The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1
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(2010s) Convergence Shazam #1 – Return of the Thunder
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Doc Shaner’s Captain Marvel Piece to Adorn Convergence Trade

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Doc Shaner’s Captain Marvel Piece to Adorn Convergence Trade

DC made a brilliant, brilliant decision with the trade paperback edition of the Convergence event.

And why wouldn’t it?  Doc Shaner‘s art is gorgeous, never more so when drawing everyone’s favorite Mortal (who I think we have good reason to suspect holds a special place in Shaner’s heart).

Check it out courtesy of Shaner’s Instagram account:

Congrats Doc, entirely deserved!

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Earliest Ashcans Not Entirely Lost After All

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Earliest Ashcans Not Entirely Lost After All

Remember the two ashcan editions referred to in the As Mentioned post for Episode 01 of the podcast – the ones Fawcett printed before they realized they couldn’t copyright Flash Comics or Thrill Comics?

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In an excellent example of post-Great Depression frugality the art from those covers shows back up (quite quickly) in Whiz Comics #3 (of March 1940 as opposed to the Whiz Comics #3 of April 1940 – you can find both #3s HERE) on page 14 in the bottom left corner.

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I’ve since taken those ashcan covers and treated them like a coloring sheet.  My digital coloring skills, as you can see, are quite rudimentary.

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Want to give it a try for yourself?  You can find the highest res copy I have HERE.  If you take up the challenge please send it in; I’d love to show off the best submissions.

One last thing – if you are interested in buying the ashcan for the 1939 series which beat Fawcett to the copyright on the title Flash Comics and you have approximately $5,000,000 dollars you aren’t doing anything else with you’re in luck!  At the time of this writing eBay has one available for purchase.

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As Mentioned in Episode 01 – The Creation of Captain Marvel

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As Mentioned in Episode 01 – The Creation of Captain Marvel

Listen to the Episode HERE.

1. Roscoe Kent Fawcett – the man who gave us the idea behind Captain Marvel.

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2. Wilford Hamilton Fawcett – Captain Billy

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3. Flash Comics #1 and Thrill Comics #1 – Covers of the ashcan editions Fawcett printed before finding a title they could copyright.

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4. Whiz Comics #2 – The first appearance of Captain Marvel! You can read it HERE.

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5. Bonus Reading: Comics creator Fred Hembeck on the creation of Captain Marvel. Must read. An excerpt:

Contrary to most conventional wisdom, Fawcett Comics did not create Captain Marvel specifically as a rip-off of Superman. Certainly the success of Superman and Batman over at DC instigated new ideas at rival publishers – after all, nothing breeds imitation like success – but the original concept behind what would become Captain Marvel tells a different story.

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Episode 01 – The Creation of Captain Marvel

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Episode 01 – The Creation of Captain Marvel

Welcome to the Shazamcast, a podcast dedicated to Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel of the DC Universe.

Captain Marvel has one of the greatest character conceits in all of comics.  The birth of this idea makes for fascinating history and its genius explains the continuing appeal of Captain Marvel through the generations.

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John Byrne’s Awesome Captain Marvel

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Today the script for Episode 01 of The Shazamcast! is being finalized.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

In the meantime, here’s some great art from John Byre via DC’s Legends trade paper back.

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