Posts Tagged ‘Shazam’

CaptainMarvel00

Captain Marvel (often erroneously called “Shazam”) hasn’t always been one of DC’s top tier, A-list superheroes, but I’ve always liked him a lot. I think a lot of that liking comes from his costume, which I think is one of the overall best superhero costume designs in comics. The colors are bright and heroic, and the gold lightning bolt is suitably iconic. I also really like the way his costume coordinates with other heroes and villains in his corner of the DC Universe (Black Adam, Mary Marvel, etc). In the New 52 relaunch, DC tweaked the costume a bit, but it still has the essential components I’ve always liked. This bust was the first one they made, back when they were producing under the name DC Direct.

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Shazam00

One of the most commonly misnamed superheroes in DC Comics for the longest time was Captain Marvel. Compounding the brand confusion by having the name of DC’s prime competition embedded in the name of this character was the fact that everybody tangentially familiar with the character thought his name was Shazam. DC adjusted for that misapprehension by getting rid of the Captain Marvel name when they rebooted the entire DC universe in 2011 for their New 52 lineup. Now, young Billy Batson’s superhero alter ego is indeed named Shazam, dispensing with the confusion and inter-publisher weirdness. The new Shazam’s costume looks fairly similar to the old design, with the addition of a white hood and a more teched-out look to the bodysuit, something that shows up on most of the redesigned New 52 heroes.

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