Shazam!

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Shazam!
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Premiere September 7, 1974
Finale October 16, 1976
Based on the characters appearing in "Shazam!" magazine, published by National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Network CBS
Style 30-minute superhero Fantasy
Company Filmation Associates
Seasons 3
Episodes 28
Origin USA

Shazam! is a superhero fantasy that aired on CBS.

The television version of Shazam! departs notably from the comic book and radio versions of the character. The eponymous wizard Shazam does not appear in the series; teenage Billy instead speaks directly to the elders that empowered him via a communication device (who appear as animated characters: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.) Instead of being based in any one particular city, Billy and Mentor (Les Tremayne) traveled through 1970s California in an RV. In an era before cell phones, Mentor would make phone calls from the RV on a type of mobile phone, asking a "mobile operator" to dial the number.

There were no supervillains and violence was downplayed. Billy, as both himself and as Captain Marvel, would help people out of difficult situations of their own making. As in many Filmation shows and cartoons, moral messages were contained within each episode, crystallized at the end of each episode by Billy learning a new moral lesson from either Mentor or his empowering elders.

As in other media, when he spoke the magic word "Shazam!", Billy is struck by a magic lightning bolt and is transformed via animation and special effects into the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3
Michael Gray Billy Batson * * *
Les Tremayne Mentor * * *
Jackson Bostwick Captain Marvel *
John Davey * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 7, 1974 December 14, 1974 15
Season Two September 6, 1975 October 18, 1975 7
Season Three September 11, 1976 October 16, 1976 6

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Live Action Series October 23, 2012 3

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