A young boy, able to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country fighting evil and helping people.
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1976   1975   1974  
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 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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Chosen by the Immortal Elders - Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury - Billy Batson is a young 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 shout 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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Shazam - Pustolovine Kapetana Marvela  »

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The character 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 1939, and dated February 1940. A copy of the ashcan edition was discovered in 1985, at which time this was considered to be the most valuable comic book in existence. See more »

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[Opening title narration]
Narrator: Chosen from among all others by the immortal elders - Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury - Billy Batson and his mentor travel the highways and byways of the land on a neverending mission: to right wrongs, to develop understanding, and to seek justice for all! In time of dire need, young Billy has been granted the power by the immortals to summon awesome forces at the utterance of a single word!
Billy Batson: SHAZAM!
Narrator: A word which transforms him, in a flash, into the ...
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Whiz Comics #2 (2014) See more »

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SHAZAM
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Written by Yvette Blais and Jeff Michael
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Captain Marvel, "Shazam" very underrated
28 April 2000 | by (Pasadena, California) – See all my reviews

"Shazam" was a very good show considering it had a budget of $70,000 per episode and only consisted of 28 episodes. The show brought life back to the D.C. Comics character, who was revived after a 20 year absence. Had the show had a prime time slot and been based more on the comic, it's potential would have been even greater.


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