Sunday, 19 April 2015

'ON THE SCENE': PART SIX - SHAZAM...



At last - part six of On The SCENE, featuring the original
CAPTAIN MARVEL.  It's been almost a year since part five in
this occasional series, and I reckon two more instalments will cover
practically the complete 1966 magazine.  Still to come is a feature on
the then-new BATMAN movie with ADAM WEST and BURT
WARD, plus more great ads than you can shake a stick at.

See you in part seven - if not before!







8 comments:

John Pitt said...

I never actually saw the golden age CM until the 70's. The first one I encountered was Mar-Vel when it came out. Next I discovered the M.F. Enterprises CM. Although I had heard there had been a golden age CM, it wasn't until DC brought him back in Shazam that I actually saw him for the first time. And I soon began to prefer him to the Marvel CM.
However, since Ms. Marvel has been promoted, he's been knocked down to second place!

Kid said...

I don't think I'd seen him either, JP, until DC brought out their mag. However, it's still a bit of a mystery to me as to why he was so popular back in the '40s.

TC said...

The first "Captain Marvel" that I ever saw was the M.F. ("Split!") version in 1966. Then there was Marvel Super Heroes #12, about three years later, introducing Mar-vell.

I knew about the original version from articles in the book All In Color For A Dime and in Larry Ivie's Monsters & Heroes fanzine, but had never read any of the comics themselves.

My first encounter with the 1940's CM was when I saw the movie serial (and loved it) at a sci-fi convention in the 1970's. Then I bought some back issues of DC's Shazam at a local comic shop. Since then, for me, there's only one Captain Marvel, and that's Billy Batson.

Kid said...

I bought the video release of the CM serial a good number of years ago, TC, and quite enjoyed it. I'll have to update to DVD at some stage.

Peter Prentice said...

Funnily enough, the magazine features late on in this 10-minute clip of a 1967 French documentary I was watching yesterday. Love those lovely Silver Age comics on display!
http://www.ina.fr/video/I08148125/les-heros-des-comics-video.html

Kid said...

Thanks, PP. It's interesting that they only showed the back page pin-ups of Fantastic and Terrific rather than the covers - wonder why? The covers are more interesting.

Peter Prentice said...

Yes, I wondered about that. Perhaps they wanted to disguise their British origin? Would love to see the rest of the programme.

Incidentally, the same comic shop and proprietor can be seen in another earlier clip:
http://www.ina.fr/video/AFE86000900/un-marche-peu-commun-l-histoire-de-la-bande-dessinee-video.html

Kid said...

Could be, PP. I'll take a look at that other clip shortly. Shame I don't speak French.

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