With one magic word...Shazam!, the world's mightiest mortal appears. Bursting onto the comics scene in December of 1939, as a creation by artist C.C. Beck and writer William Parker, Captain Marvel captured the imagination of young children, just as Superman had the year before. At one point, the comic series, published by Fawcett Comics, was outselling the Superman series. Because of ongoing litigation with DC about the similarities between Superman and Captain Marvel, and declining sales, Fawcett gave up the character 14 years later. In the 70's DC comics licensed the character and revived it in his own series, calling our hero The Original Captain Marvel, but ironically, they received a cease and desist from Marvel comics, who had copped the name for a new character in 1967. This also spawned a 1974 TV series. The Big Red Cheese has bounced around appearing in various other comics, cartoon series and of course the new big screen adaptation. We will talk about all of this tonight with our special guest, Horror Host Hall of Fame inductee and Captain Marvel fan, Drac.