Updated on 16 October, 2021
Captain Marvel, more commonly known as Shazam (:/zm), is a fictional super hero appearing mainly in American comic books originally printed by Fawcett Comics and now published by DC comics. The original version of the superhero was a human African name Captain William Cook who used the magical powers of an African god to become the superhero known as Shazam. Shazam, who had been presumed dead after being struck down while rescuing a woman from a band of evil villains, was found miraculously restored to life by an African prince named Kalakaua who had the ability to touch Shazam's soul through his mind. Since the prince had the magical powers of the White Magician and thus Shazam was able to assume the super human identity of Captain Marvel, the two became one and the same.
The modern version of Shazam is Captain Marvel of the Marvel Universe. However, he is much different than the original Shazam. He is older, much more experienced and is not as arrogant nor as powerful as the original Shazam. In fact, he is the polar opposite of his comic book counterpart. In the modern series, Captain Marvel is a young, slightly troubled private eye who travels the world seeking out evil menaces. He is also a master martial artist and a master swordsman with a loyal four-year-old daughter named April Smith along with his faithful assistant, Spot.
The modern Captain Marvel series features many classic stories and the latest is "Ultron Unlimited". This series is the second series featuring the famous Marvel super hero and the story is based around the character of Thanos, who appeared in the first " Avengers" comic. Thanos is a robotic human who has the ability to command other robots by using telepathy and has a vast collection of robotic henchmen that are under his control.
The story of the series involves an alien named Kreek whom is found on Earth and becomes a member of the Earth's race called the Skrulls. He seeks to destroy the Spider Man family and use the energy held within the soul of Spider Man to ascend to the position of an arch-nemesis. He also wants to rule the globe using his six dimensional amulet called the Infinity Stones which are also owned by the Fantastic Four. In the first issue of the series, a mysterious stranger makes a visit to the Kreek home and turns him into a being that can use the power of the Infinity Stones to ascend to a higher plane called the afterlife.
Following an accident where his ship crashes on earth, a freak accident in which a green chemical known as Greenflame makes himself fatally ill. He attempts suicide by throwing himself into the water. In the end, however, Greenflame is cured thanks to the intervention of Spider Man. The authorities discover a mysterious man who uses mind control to throw Spiderman off the roof of a building, killing him.
With this plotline, Marvel introduced a new superhero named Peter Parker, whose life is one riddled with a dark secret. Initially, no one knew that his life was connected to Spider Man. Early in the comic, a brief appearance by Spiderman causes a school bus to hit a young Peter Parker, who instantly transforms into the new Spider Man. In this costume, Parker moves like Spiderman does, with web shooter gauntlets, web boots, and a red and black suit.
The costume of Spiderman was designed by Bill Finger, the famous comic artist who created several of the Spiderman drawings. An additional costume was designed by Harry Winston, the award winning concept artist of the 1960's. In the comics, Spiderman gains several friends including Ben Reilly, Mary Jane Watson, Joeleadthehero, and batman. Spiderman became a popular comic book character and was later made into a successful feature film starring Tobey Maguire.
After several years of blockbuster hits, several different versions of Spiderman have hit the screen. Some have been made more popular than others. A few movies which have been produced involved the combination of two separate super heroes, allowing for duality in costume. One version of the character was made to look like Spiderman who was also a billionaire with high-speed martial arts moves. The other version was made as a completely different character, but still retaining some of the traits of the original.