Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel, in comic books, refers to one of several fictional characters:

  1. Captain Marvel is a superhero with aspects of various figures from the Bible and Greek and Roman mythology who changes from boy radio reporter Billy Batson to his alter-ego by shouting the magic word "SHAZAM!" This hero was originally published by Fawcett Comics in the 1940s, and by DC Comics in the 1970s and later. His partners Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr have both been called Captain Marvel.
  2. Captain Marvel is Captain Mar-Vell of the alien race of the Kree, as published by Marvel Comics. As a superhero, he famously fought the supervillain Thanos, and is known for having been written and drawn by Jim Starlin, including his death in the graphic novel The Death of Captain Marvel (1982). In the 1990s, Mar-Vell's son Genis adopted the name and appeared in adventures written by Peter David.
  3. Captain Marvel was the original name of the Marvel Comics superhero Photon, a member of The Avengers.
  4. Captain Marvel was the title character in a ghastly, short-lived title published by M.F. (Myron Fass) Comics in 1966, shortly before the Marvel Comics version debuted. He had no genuine connection to the classic Fawcett character, but invoked his powers by shouting the word "SPLIT!" When he did, his body dissolved into its component head, torso, and limbs, which then operated coordinately. The title remains one of the most derided of the Silver Age.

Captain Marvel is also the title of a 1972 album recorded by jazz saxophonist Stan Getz, for Columbia Records.

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