Captain Marvel and his alter ego Billy Batson, keeping it real in The Seventies
Based upon the Fawcett/DC comic book character Captain Marvel
's first foray into live-action children's programming in The Seventies
. The program ran three seasons on CBS
and was considered successful enough to launch a spin-off, Isis
It's probably noteworthy that Filmation also produced The Kid Super Power Hour
, which featured animated adventures of Captain Marvel [not a continuation of this series, although it did keep the show's theme music as the Marvel Family's Leitmotif
] as well as the extended Marvel family.
- Adaptation Distillation: The wizard Shazam does not appear in this series nor is he mentioned in the Opening Narration's back story (instead, the six Immortal Elders speak with and confer their various powers to Billy directly). This would make the magic word "SHAZAM!" a case of Grandfather Clause and an Artifact Title, were it not the initials of the Immortals.
- None of Captain Marvel's Rogues Gallery appeared in the show, most likely to keep the violence to a minimum. Instead, Cap would help out normal people with various problems usually caused by their own poor choices.
- Adventure Towns
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: A staple of children's shows at the time. But you knew that, right? And Knowing Is... well, you know.
- Big Brother Instinct: Danny in "The Brothers"
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "SHAZAM!"
- The Chosen One: Billy
- Crossover: After Isis debuted, she and Cap would occasionally appear in each other's series.
- Expy: Mentor for Uncle Dudley.
- Opening Narration
- No Name Given / Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Mentor
- Series-Relevant Age-Up: Billy goes from a 10-year-old to a teenager in this series.
- Secret Identity: No one, except Mentor, should know Billy and Captain Marvel are the same person. But in the TV universe, either his identity isn't especially a secret or They Just Didn't Care. In one episode, a girl knows that Captain Marvel will be able to give Billy a message, even though there's no way she should know that the two have a connection of any sort. But how could people not figure it out? Captain Marvel appears everywhere (and only where) Billy and Mentor appear.
- '70s Hair: Billy's carrying around one huge coif, while Jackson Bostwick's Cap rocks the Seventies Shag.
- Sigil Spam: It's probably not supposed to be quite so noticable, but Mentor's Winnebago has Captain Marvel's "lightning bolt" insignia plastered on it rather prominently.
- Stock Footage: It's Filmation. Duh.
- Transformation Sequence