Shazam PSA - John Davey - Michael Gray

Have You Ever Seen This 70’s Shazam PSA?

In my youth there were a handful of comic book characters that I liked the most. Batman, The Creature Commandos, Captain America, as well as Captain Carrot. However when it came to heroes on television, it was a whole other matter. Especially on Saturday mornings when the The Shazam!/Isis Hour was playing on CBS. Although every episode of the show would end with a moral of the story, I didn’t know of a Shazam PSA!

[Via] Sean MC

As most of you know, Shazam is the magical word that young Billy Batson must utter to transform. With a blast of lightning from the Heavens, he becomes the mighty Captain Marvel. Of course being Filmation, even with it being a live action series, they had to slip in some animation. For example when Billy seeks counsel from the Elders who chose him to be Captain Marvel. Although not featured in this particular clip, Hercules is voiced by none other than Batman‘s Adam West.

[Via] Warner Archive

The Shazam! TV series lasted for 3 seasons, with a total of 28 episodes. Throughout the show, Billy Batson was played by Michael Gray, with the elderly Mentor being portrayed by Les Treymane.
Shazam PSA - Michael Gray

Captain Marvel however was played by two different actors during the series. The first actor was Jackson Bostwick. I have found some reports that he was fired after two episodes of the second season. The reason being he hadn’t shown up to the set, which indeed might have had a little to do with him having his face and eye examined. A stunt on the show, which Bostwick performed himself, didn’t go as planned. The Producers thought he was holding out for a bigger paycheck. In the end, Bostwick was replaced but won a court case against Filmation who had to pay him his contract fee.
Shazam PSA - Jackson Bostwick

It was John Davey that took over the role in Shazam! after Bostwick was let go. This included the episodes where Isis (JoAnna Cameron) and Captain Marvel crossed over into each other’s TV shows. This occurred a total of six times, with three crossovers for each series.
Shazam PSA - Isis - John Davey - JoAnna Cameron

Now then, ready to see that Shazam PSA?

[Via] Davey 7373

Super Steins

Super Steins!

Did you ever wonder where the art for a product came from? It can be created specifically for the product or be art that gets re-purposed. I submit to you my personal sleuthing to solve a question I had, regarding the 1974 Thermo-Serve Batman Super Stein.

The Super Steins were released by Thermo-Serve in 1974 and the available characters were Wonder Woman, Batman, Shazam and Superman. At some point, my sister and I received a Wonder Woman and Batman Stein. You can figure out who got what. A great selection of art. An iconic full figure illustration by of Batman racing across a field with a full moon overhead. The other side sports Batman punching out a noodnik! “WHOK!” Ok, where did the art come from?

Super Steins

Aha! Time to dig into my comic book library. But first, I must flip up the head on my Shakespeare statue and hit the button!

The full figure Batman art was somewhat easy to identify. It’s by Neal Adams and is the cover art to a large format Treasury Edition comic. But, that’s not the complete origin,as that image is a variation of Neal’s Caped Crusader, in Batman 251. In that comic, Bats is missing his utility belt and the background is different. Still, an iconic Bat piece!

Now, to figure out the smaller artwork, which looked like long time Bat artist, Jim Aparo’s work. Aparo worked on many Bat books, so I had some perusing to do. Using 1974 or earlier, I had my bracket of books to look from. I couldn’t place the image, but was determined to figure it out. Mainly, because I’m a dork!

“WHOK!”

I found it in an issue of “Brave & the Bold.” Number 115, to be exact. Batman teams up with the Atom in “The Corpse that Wouldn’t Die!” A great story in which Batman is grazed by a bullet and rendered brain dead. The Atom shrinks and operates Batman’s body from inside, racing from synapse to synapse and animating him. Well, looking at the panel and comparing it to the Stein, they changed the dialogue in the word ballon and kept the “WHOK!”

I have yet to determine the origins of the other Super Stein artwork. Maybe I will try again in the future. I recently asked my sister if she knew about her Wonder Woman Stein and she punched me for being a dork!

Ok, I deserved that, I guess. Sheesh!

If you know the other art origins on the Super Steins, please comment and we’ll super sleuth the heck out of this!!

While it has nothing to do with Super Steins, why not listen to Denny O’Neil discuss both Batman and Neal Adams?

Shazam By Francesco Francavilla!

Image Courtesy of Francesco Francavilla

Image Courtesy of Francesco Francavilla


With the wonderful post last week by Drahken chronicling the history of the character of Shazam or Captain Marvel it seemed like an opportune time to share this piece of artwork by the famed comic illustrator Francesco Francavilla featuring “The Big Red Cheese” staring down another mechanical menace.

Make sure to click the link provided above to visit Francesco’s blog to see even more fantastic artwork.