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A Filmation series
Shazam!

Seasons
Episodes

3
28
Aired
September 7, 1974
Original Channel
CBS
Original Run
9/7/1974 - 10/16/1976


Production
Creator(s)
C.C. Beck
Writer(s)
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Director(s)
Producer(s)
Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Dick Rosenbloom
Executive Producer(s)
Production Company
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You may be looking for The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! (the 1981 animated series).
You may be looking for Shazam the Wizard.
You may be looking for Captain Marvel, 'The World's Mightiest Mortal.'


Shazam! was Filmations first live-action television series that ran from 1974 to 1976.

The show spawned a spin-off, The Secrets of Isis, and in 1975 the two paired up together, becoming The Shazam/Isis Hour.


Series Summary

The series featured young Billy Batson (Michael Gray) and his elderly guardian, known only as Mentor (Les Tremayne). Together they traveled across 1970's United States[1] in an RV, righting wrongs and helping those in need. Billy is on vacation from his job at the News building,[2] so as to be mentored to be a superhero. When trouble arose, Billy exited the RV, spoke the magic word "Shazam". He was instantly struck by a magic lightning-bolt and transformed via animation and special effects into the World's Mightiest Mortal, Captain Marvel.

Shazam immortal elders

The series departed greatly from accepted comic book canon, in that Billy never interacted directly with the wizard Shazam. In fact, Shazam was not even included as a part of the series, and was only referenced as a power-name that Billy invoked to transform into Captain Marvel. Instead, he speaks to the six Elders, an analog to the six ancients who bequeath their powers to Batson in the comic books. These six Elders are: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury. The only member of the Elders ever referenced by name was Solomon, who usually spoke to Billy through a red, glowing device mounted on the console of Mentor's RV. When the Elders appeared before Billy, they are in a vast cavern taking the form of a mystic montage of animated characters, rather than actual actors.

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 either by Billy learning a new moral lesson from either Mentor or his empowering elders.

Principal Cast

Michael Gray 2

Billy Batson
portrayed by Michael Gray

Les

Mentor
portrayed by Les Tremayne

Jackson b

Captain Marvel
portrayed by Jackson Bostwick
Season 1

John davey 2

Captain Marvel
portrayed by John Davey
Season 2-3


Opening Narration

Shazam (1974) live-action intro 00:59

Shazam (1974) live-action intro

Shazam (1974) live-action intro



Each episode began with the following narration, accompanied by a mix of live action and animation:

Chosen from among all others by the Immortal Elders; Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury...

Billy Batson and his mentor travel the highways and byways of the land on a never-ending mission: to right wrongs, to develop understanding, and to seek justice for all!

In time of dire need, young Billy has been granted the power by the Immortals to summon awesome forces at the utterance of a single word: SHAZAM!

.... a word which transforms him in a flash into the mightiest of mortal beings Captain Marvel!

Opening Narration



Episode List:

Season 1 (1974)

    Ep #         Episode Name        Air Date    
1     The Joyriders         September 7, 1974   
2     The Brothers         September 14, 1974   
3     Thou Shalt Not Kill         September 21, 1974   
4     The Lure Of The Lost         September 28, 1974   
5     The Road Back         October 5, 1974    
6     The Athlete         October 12, 1974    
7     The Treasure         October 19, 1974    
8     The Boy Who Said "No"         October 26, 1974    
9     The Doom Buggy         November 2, 1974    
10     The Brain         November 9, 1974    
11     Little Boy Lost         November 16, 1974    
12     The Delinquent         November 23, 1974    
13     The Braggart         November 30, 1974    
14     The Past Is Not Forever         December 7, 1974    
15     The Gang's All Here         December 14, 1974    


Season 2 (1975)

    Ep #         Episode Name        Air Date    
1     On Winning         September 6, 1975   
2     Debbie         September 13, 1975   
3     Fool's Gold         September 20, 1975   
4     Double Trouble         September 27, 1975   
5     Goodbye, Packy         November 4, 1975   
6     Speak No Evil         November 11, 1975   
7     The Odd Couple         November 18, 1975    


Season 3 (1976)

    Ep #         Episode Name        Air Date    
1     The Contest         September 11, 1976   
2     Bitter Herbs         September 18, 1976   
3     Ripcord         September 25, 1976   
4     Finders Keepers         October 2, 1976   
5     The Sound Of A Different Drummer         October 9, 1976   
6     Out Of Focus         October 16, 1976   

References

  1. In real life it was California.
  2. As told in the episode The Joyriders.

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