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Bat-ManSuperheroes: The American Mythology Part I

Beginning in 1938, two simple creators will develop an entire genre of entertainment that will change the world. The humble beginnings of superheroes as pure heroes to guide America through the Great Depression. [more]

kneelCould Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam Contribute to Orientalism?

Dwayne Johnson will play DC heavy-hitter Black Adam in an upcoming Shazam film. Fans were either reviled or revitalized, but what has been rarely discussed is how exactly Black Adam should be adapted to the big screen. We just need to be careful. [more]

black adamBlack Adam, Orientalism, and The Marvel Family #1

Black Adam is a focal point of American fears about the Other, and contributes to the perception of American moral and mental superiority over the Oriental inferior. [more]

scan0001From Shazam to the Devil, from Brother Power the Geek to Jesus?: Shameless? Part 8

Continued from last week. It’s impossible to say how much the young Millar wrote or how often he sent off his work to publishers in the years before he landed the Trident Comics contract. His… [more]

dc-new-52-shazam-captain-marvelShazam Design

Whenever the phrases “we removed the circus strongman elements of his costume” or “the emotional journey of this troubled teenager” get used in an interview about a character’s redesign, I have to admit I get… [more]

mfw_sivana_snbWhatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese, Part 5: Reboot

As much as people have blown the DC Relaunch out of proportion, reboots and relaunches have been a part of comics for decades now.

Shazam_-_The_New_Beginning_1Whatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese, Part 4: The Roy Thomas Defense

The ’80s killed comic books.

Cece1Whatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese, Part 3: The Name of Captain Marvel

Everyone knows the origin of Freddie Freeman. Even if they don’t know the specifics of how Freddie became Captain Marvel Jr. in Whiz Comics #25, the basic framework for the character is imbedded in our… [more]

The ChampionWhatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese, Part 2: The Name of Vlarem

The motif of the power of names was established from the very beginning of Captain Marvel’s history, but it would take another 40 years for the Wizard Shazam to be developed beyond the all-knowing God… [more]

After setting down his giant globe and big book, the only place to put his white marble throne was right under the granite cube.Whatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese, Part 1: The Naming Curse

Night in the city. “Papers!” a boy calls out into the storm ravaged night.

Captain MarvelWhatever Happened to the Big Red Cheese?

As I write this, Captain Marvel’s future at DC comics is uncertain. Before the relaunch, Freddy Freeman was Captain Marvel (or maybe he was going by the name “Shazam” to clear up all those pesky… [more]

Cap MarvelComics Published on 18 September 2002

Before I start, there’s something I want to address. As you can see, my first review is Captain Marvel #1, the first issue of Peter David’s contribution to the Marvel “U-Decide” stunt. I thought, very… [more]