10 thoughts on “Captain Marvel

  1. Could someone please tell me why she is called Captain Marvel but Billy Batson who was always Captain Marvel is now called Shazam?
    What happened and why would Billy be called by the magic word that transforms him?
    Is this some new 52 malarky?

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  2. Thanks for the link but that does not explain why Billy Batson is no longer called Captain Marvel and why Marvel is allowed to use the name for their character.

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    • “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 a copy 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 with mixed success.
      Because Marvel Comics trademarked their Captain Marvel comic book during the interim between the original Captain Marvel’s Fawcett years and DC years, DC has used the trademark Shazam! to promote the property since 1972, instead of the name “Captain Marvel”. Consequently, Captain Marvel himself has often been referred to as “Shazam”, leading to DC to rename the character as such with their “New 52″ relaunch in 2012.”

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      • Looks like Marvel pulled a sly one and snagged the trademark while DC and Fawcett publishing fought over rights to the character. Kind of a shitty thing to do, but where they both had characters of the same name and, well tying the name to the company name of Marvel, I can see why they wanted to do it. Still shitty.

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