I recall a while back that there was some disagreement between Marvel and DC over who had the legal rights to use the name "Captain Marvel", and I figure with Marvel resurrecting Mar-Vell, and calling him "Captain Marvel" they are trying to assert their position. But, I actually thought that Marvel & DC came to some agreement and both were able to legally use the title? Maybe there's something else going on?
> > Someone on the Superman board said he understood that to be the case.
> > Also, is Freddy now in a more "Marvel" type costume? (Is he actually wearing Billy's Capt. Marvel costume?)
Marvel owns the trademark to "Captain Marvel", that's why DC can't use those words on their covers or on the outside packaging of merchandise. When someone owns a trademark, you can't "trade" on their "mark" (make money on their ownership). DC owns the copyright to their Captain Marvel and can use the words "Captain Marvel" inside the comics.
From what I understand, Freddy now calls himself "Shazam" and now uses the magic word "Shazam". So just like when he was Captain Marvel Jr., he can't tell anyone what his name is without changing into his dual identity.Scott