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Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Shazam!" On The Big Screen



The next big comic book movie to be greenlit at Warners, following the success of "Wonder Woman", will be "Shazam!", starring the character 'Billy Batson' aka (the former) 'Captain Marvel', now known as 'Shazam', directed by David Sandberg early January 2018:


"Captain Marvel" made his debut in Fawcett Publications' "Whiz Comics" in 1940...


...created by writer Bill Parker and illustrator C.C. Beck, whose art team also included "Captain America" co-creator Jack "King" Kirby.


"Captain Marvel"-themed comic books eventually outsold the biggest comic book competitor of the day, Detective Comics'  (DC's) "Superman" by 14 million copies a month.


Thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign at the time, a huge variety of merchandise was licensed to manufacturers...


...including secret decoders, figurines, buttons, paper rockets, tin toys, puzzles, costumes...


...and a feature film 'serial' from Republic Pictures, (1941) noted as the very first big screen, 'superhero' movie.


Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Captain Marvel"...