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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Series cast summary:
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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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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Captain Marvel: By the Elders!
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SHAZAM
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Written by Yvette Blais and Jeff Michael
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Captain Marvel triggered the production of Superman: The Movie
8 March 2003 | by (Guatemala City, Guatemala) – See all my reviews

Back in the mid-70's, Captain Marvel became the sensation of superheroes on TV. It had mysticism, morale and emotion; even though, Captain Marvel never fought against a foe that could match his abilities. And the special effects were cheap, considering the time it was made.

The storyline was much more interesting. Billy Batson was privileged by receiving the combined powers of the Six Wise Immortals: Solomon, Hercules, Agamenon, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. Each one gave him respectively: wisdom, strength, courage, stamina, invulnerability, and speed. He only had to invoke the acrostic of their names: SHAZAM!, and he transformed himself into the Mightiest Mortal of Earth (with Superman-like powers, without the inconvenience of kryptonite).

Alongside him, was Mentor (who probably was a former receiver of the powers). Both of them traveled through the country, helping the ones in need.

The most interesting part came when Captain Marvel and Isis (a "sister" TV show) made cameos in their respective TV shows. It was nice to see both characters working together, and helping each other when the situation was getting out of hand.


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