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Subj: Re: So with the impending aquisition should Disney/Marvel reach out to DC/Warner to secure the rights to SHAZAM?
Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 at 09:18:45 am EST (Viewed 249 times)
Reply Subj: Re: So with the impending aquisition should Disney/Marvel reach out to DC/Warner to secure the rights to SHAZAM?
Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 at 09:25:24 am EST (Viewed 248 times)
Quote:Personally, I've always been of the opinion that DC shouldn't even try to call the guy Captain Marvel in stories. But I really cannot stand the character at all. The only Captain Marvel should be Marvel's.
Quote:That just seems unfair to me. I'm not a big Billy Batson fan either but he was here first.
Quote:I always thought it was crappy that DC wasn't allowed to call him Captain Marvel anymore.
Well, if you want fair, then the CM property might go back to Fawcett, imo. DC's questionable lawsuit is what stopped Fawcett's production back in 1953.
Heck, immediately prior to Mar-Vell, another company was using the mark.
So, Marvel's Captain Marvel started in 1968. Shazam/CM didn't even belong to DC at the time. He was just floating in "unwanted land" waiting to become public domain.
Four years later, DC licensed the Fawcett characters. They didn't even come to own them for more than a decade after that. So, DC knew what they were getting when they bought the marks. If you buy my used car, knowing about the cracked engine block, it's all fair.
And yeah, I agree that it was silly to ever call him "Captain" in the first place. Everybody gets to be a captain in comic books. "Shazam" always made more sense to me.
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