COMICS: CAPTAIN MARVEL er... SHAZAM Gets A New Look

Billy Batson gets an all new origin, look, superhero name and more in the back pages of Justice League #7. What are you thoughts on The Big Red Cheese's new duds?

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By Mark Julian - 3/5/2012
“We changed his name [to Shazam] for a lot of reasons,” said Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “One of them is that Shazam is the word most associated with the character, so we just felt it made sense — a lot of people already thought that was his name, anyway.”

“His place in the world will be far more rooted in fantasy and magic than it ever was before,” Johns also said.







Hard to tell with all the lightning going on but it looks like Captain Marvel has been given a radical redesign. Yay or Nay fans?





Captain Marvel is a fictional comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and later by DC Comics. Created in 1939 by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker, the character first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940). With a premise that taps adolescent fantasy, Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six archetypal figures. Several friends and family members, most notably Marvel Family cohorts Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr., can share Billy's power and become "Marvels" themselves.

Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel-related comics in 1953, due in part to a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics alleging that Captain Marvel was an illegal infringement of Superman. In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters and returned them to publication, acquiring all rights to the characters by 1991. DC has since integrated Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe, and have attempted to revive the property several times. However, Captain Marvel has not regained widespread appeal with new generations, although a Shazam! live-action Saturday morning television series featuring the character ran for three seasons on CBS in the 1970s.









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MrSuperheromoviefan - 3/5/2012, 3:38 AM
i don't really care for the look but he's name is captain marevl NOT shazam
malsano - 3/5/2012, 3:39 AM
NO
LunarLt - 3/5/2012, 3:39 AM
he looks badass thou. Shazam it is.
Jodez99 - 3/5/2012, 3:42 AM
So he has the same name as the wizard?
Seejay - 3/5/2012, 3:43 AM
Lightning ?

Shazam trespassing on the abilities of Thor ?
malsano - 3/5/2012, 3:45 AM
He is CAPTAIN MARVEL.
SwingsetKnight - 3/5/2012, 3:48 AM
@ Seejay: Shazam was calling down bolts of lightning twenty years before Thor was invented, I believe...
Corpse - 3/5/2012, 3:54 AM
I will reserve judgement but this has certainly supernatural potential. I always felt Shazam was a better name, a certain purpose to it.
Another thing, I also thought the character needed a reboot. Not to rip off of Thor but he needs to get more serious, not necessarily darker but a bit more serious.

I think the suit should've been completely white like when he was Lord Marvel but this suit looks interesting with the golden stuff. High promise this has and I can't wait!
After what they've done with Wonder Woman(demi-god, love it!) I can't wait to see what they'll stir up with this hunk of power!


@Seejay, yeah, Captain Marvel is older than Thor, and his powers are certainly not a rip off.
Jolt17 - 3/5/2012, 3:54 AM
...Okay, I guess. Nothing too different except for the hood and light-up logo (?), eh? Need to see more, of course, although Gary Frank's art will surely be cool.
Jolt17 - 3/5/2012, 3:55 AM
Should be 'symbol' than 'logo', I think. Plus, it seems like it's the source of his power of some sort...I guess. (Hence the light-up.)
JDUKE25 - 3/5/2012, 3:58 AM
Looks alright to me. But yeah, we need a better view of him standing up in the light instead of crouched down in the dark.
Denn1s - 3/5/2012, 4:01 AM
it is not exactly radical. he just got a hood. i expected something completely different. anyway he looks cool. i love cap
JDUKE25 - 3/5/2012, 4:01 AM
Shazam or Captain Marvel. Shazam does sound better in my opinion. Having "Marvel" in a DC character's name just doesn't fit too well.
soaponapope - 3/5/2012, 4:07 AM
ive been undecided on geoff johns for as long as i can remember, and every time he does something good and i think, 'oh hes going to win me over finally', he goes and does something like this that sits me back on the fence
Seejay - 3/5/2012, 4:18 AM
Sorry guys. I didn't know that. But that is why I put a "?" after my sentence. :)
avengingson - 3/5/2012, 4:22 AM
Pretty cool.
dabo - 3/5/2012, 4:28 AM
I can understand the name change, especially if they are hoping to do more with the character like the long talked about movie. It would take away confusion for the non comic obsessed fan which is really a big part of who they are trying to get to go to movies. They know comic book fans will see the films but it's the non comic heads they want to get in and the less confusing it is for them the better. So this way there's no "captain Marvel? Is he from marvel comics? He's DC? Is there a difference???" :)
rocky - 3/5/2012, 4:36 AM
Mixed feelings about it.

It's this whole idea of making characters "darker and grittier" that sometimes bothers me and that's what appears to be the case here.
MANofSHAZAM - 3/5/2012, 4:37 AM
That's the worst reason to change his name to Shazam. It kind of made sense when they did it with Freddy Freeman and his powers came from the Gods themselves, but for Captain Marvel it doesn't make any sense. He's the wizards champion like Black Adam was, so does that mean Black Adam's name is going to change?! ALSO the fact that most people thought his name was SHAZAM already isn't a reason to change it, it's a reason to show people who he really is an show them that his name is Captain Marvel! He hasn't got a half cape anymore either, he's got a hood and a big collar/half cape and then a full cape which has really annoyed me. At least he's still red. He's not going to be able to introduce himself either. I love Geoff Johns' work, especially on the Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman, but I do not like the name change. Captain Marvel is a great name, and what the hell is going to happen when they eventually introduce Mary and Freddy, will they be Shazam Jr. and Mary Shazam?! Hoppy the Shazam Bunny?!!? I like the fact they're bringing Cap back, the hood makes him look cool and I guess they're trying to make his appearance as different from superman's as possible. His belt isn't just a ribbon anymore either.... The name change is annoying but I trust Geoff Johns.
rbfn04 - 3/5/2012, 4:38 AM
Now even the Captain Marvel, who's supposed to be more innocent since, at heart, he's a kid, has that "XTREME!!!!!!" 90s look. And they dropped his name and are calling him Shazam?

[frick] YOU JOHNS, LEE AND DIDIO!
JDUKE25 - 3/5/2012, 4:44 AM
@rbfn04 what a surprise, you don't like the new look/changes of a comic book character. And dude what is with you and this 90's look crap you've spouting out?
HavocPrime - 3/5/2012, 4:47 AM
Oh come the [frick] on, seriously just say the main reason for the name change is becauase you don't want people to think he is asociated with Marvel.
Ceejay - 3/5/2012, 4:53 AM
There's a reason they call him the "big red cheese" and that's because he is a cheesy character in a cheesy old style costume and by the looks of it it just got cheesier! DC has to be the worst at designing costumes, they have the cheesiest range of heroes and villains in the spandex-based comics by a mile. This is probably why Marvel movies do a better job of making general audiences relate to their films than the DC attempts, their characters are just so out of date and Betamax!
rbfn04 - 3/5/2012, 4:57 AM
@JDUKE the whole DCnU screams of 90s. Look at Deathstroke. But, really everything looks 90s.

@Froggy really, shitty stories. Douchey characters. Rehashed tales. Poor design... Yeah, DCnU is great...
JDUKE25 - 3/5/2012, 5:07 AM
@rbfn04 I'm still not understanding why you think the new looks "scream 90s".


@Froggy true man, very true.
acidbath - 3/5/2012, 5:11 AM
My name is sha....Uhm let me just write it down lmfao
BackwardGalaxy - 3/5/2012, 5:17 AM
Yeah, okay.
Amazo - 3/5/2012, 6:00 AM
A bit of shadow and a hood does not make a 'radical' redesign!
The name change is annoying though.Doesn't make sense continuity wise for the character.If I were DC I'd say frick Marvel and fight for the old name.'Marvel' as a company name and logo has nothing to do with a character called Captain 'Marvel'.By Marvel Comics reconning I should be able to sue the country of Scotland (or at least force a name change)because it's name contains my first name!Stupid.
Seejay - 3/5/2012, 6:07 AM
@Pux
There is no need for insults. It only lowers the overall quality of these forums.
Ceejay did not insult anyone. But spoke his mind. And his opinion. Everyone have an opinion and should be allowed to say it without being insulted.

My own opinion; I look forward to seeing this new version of Shazam, it is looking better than the previous outfit.
MANofSHAZAM - 3/5/2012, 6:17 AM
The more I think about it the more I like it to be honest. I do feel he needed an update, I'm still not keen on the name change as it completely changes Captain Marvel JR and Mary Marvel as well, if they're going to be introduced eventually. As well as not wanting to associate him with MARVEL comics, they probably want people not to think "oh so he's just a big red cheesey superman."

I wonder if he's going to be part of the Justice League or the Justice League Dark team.

I'm glad that it's still just Billy and not like it was in Flashpoint where we had six kids being Captain Thunder.
JackBauer - 3/5/2012, 6:18 AM
The word "shazam" always reminds me of Gomer Pyle :)
Fogs - 3/5/2012, 6:18 AM
The day Altair said "Shazam"
JackBauer - 3/5/2012, 6:19 AM
I like that the "radical design" is the addition of a hood :)
loki668 - 3/5/2012, 6:29 AM
I don't know about changing his name to "Shazam". Might as well give him two sidekicks named Zounds and Gadzooks.

Lord Loki has spoken

blackagar94 - 3/5/2012, 6:33 AM
hum guy you know that Thor is a god from the nordic mythology, right ? same thing for loki and the ol' crew. so he existed centuries before Shazam. + Shazam always had lightnings when turned into...well...himself.
lntrn8 - 3/5/2012, 6:35 AM
DC Illuminati disrespecting comics history once again.

What if Marvel bought DC in the 80s (almost happened) and they called Superman "Krypton", Batman "Gotham", or Wonder Woman "Amazon"?! Effen total disrespect to comics legacy.

"They know him as Shazam anyway"? That's cuz DC doesn't have the balls to settle with Marvel Comics for a fair use of the name "Captain Marvel".

BTW Geoff Johns, can't get over your fail of a movie Green Lantern, now this?
Action - 3/5/2012, 6:38 AM
I'm glad that Captain Marvel got a new costume.
[frick] Marvel comics, for stealing the original Captain Marvel name.
Seejay - 3/5/2012, 6:40 AM
@Pux

Haha. Yeah I am a little annoyed of him having almost the same name as me, but don't know who was first, and really, it does not matter.

Hopefully he wont be using a Clint Eastwood avatar anytime soon. ;)
Seejay - 3/5/2012, 6:43 AM
@blackagar94

True.
MANofSHAZAM - 3/5/2012, 6:45 AM
@Nomis Yeah the cloak and hood does make him look like the Spectre.
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