Shazam! (1974–1977)

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A young boy, able to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country fighting evil.

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Michael Gray ...
 Billy Batson (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
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 Mentor (28 episodes, 1974-1976)
Jackson Bostwick ...
 Captain Marvel (17 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Davey ...
 Captain Marvel (11 episodes, 1975-1976)
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Billy Batson is a boy with a special duty in life. Accompanied by his Mentor, he travels from place to place in a Winnebago learning about life and helping people along the way. When the situation is heading for disaster, all he has to do is to yell the magic word, SHAZAM! and call down the magic lightning that transforms him into the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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7 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Shazam - Pustolovine Kapetana Marvela  »

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The character of Captain Marvel was originally created by Fawcett Comics in the 1940s as a rival to Superman. A successful lawsuit by Superman's owner, DC Comics, resulted in the character disappearing for more than a quarter-century. DC, which had acquired the rights to the character, relaunched him in the comics in 1973. However, during Captain Marvel's long hiatus, DC rival Marvel Comics launched its own, unrelated Captain Marvel character, which prevented DC and the producers of this series from using Captain Marvel as a title. As a result, the title "Shazam!" was introduced. As of 2007, Shazam! is still used on all DC publications featuring the original Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel was actually created in 1939. In mid 1939, an ashcan copy of a comic printed under both the names "Flash Comics #1" and "Thrill Comics #1" was printed purely to secure copyrights for the character, but the names used were already in use elsewhere. The name of the main character was changed to "Captain Marvel," and the title of the magazine changed to "Whiz Comics." Whiz Comics #2, reprinting the stories from the earlier ashcan copy, was printed for distribution in late '39, and dated February 1940. A copy of the ashcan edition was discovered in 1985, at which time it was considered to be the most valuable comic book in existence. See more »

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[repeated line]
Captain Marvel: By the Elders!
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Referenced in Pastor Mike Online: Is Superman Jesus in Spandex? (2013) See more »

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SHAZAM
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Written by Yvette Blais and Jeff Michael
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3 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show was good for what it was. Too bad Filmation couldn't afford to get the rights to Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. Instead, they created the Isis series. That would've been cool to see Billy & Mary Batson, Freddy Freeman, and Mentor and/or Uncle Dudley. Imagine seeing one or all of the Marvels transforming and on occasion working with Isis. Interesting points: John Davey (Captain Marvel #2) left show business in the early 1990's and is currently in the real estate field in northern California; Les Tremayne (Mentor) passed away in late December of 2003, Michael Gray (Billy Batson) is the owner, along with his wife, of a floral shop in L.A., Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel #1) is basically the only one still in the business. Joanna Cameron (Isis) left the business in the 1980's , was in the medical profession (a registered nurse) for awhile, and as of recently, is a hotel marketing manager in Hawaii. The show's budget per episode was $70,000 with a crew of about 80 people.


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