Michael GrayBilly Batson
Les TremayneMentor
Jackson Bostwick Captain Marvel (Season 1)
John DaveyCaptain Marvel (Season 2-3)

Air Dates:

CBS on 9/7/74,
9/6/75 - 9/3/77 (as part of the Shazam!/Isis Hour),
brought back for reruns on 1/5/80.

Number of Episodes:


Plot Synopsis:

Traveling across the country in an RV, teen ager Billy Batson and his adult companion, Mentor, would encounter various situations that would require their help. Whenever their help was needed, a flashing light on the dashboard of the RV would start beeping and blinking (Holy Batphone!) and would summon the elders (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury), who would give him some cryptic advice needed for the emerging situation. By yelling the word, "Shazam" (the word is an anacronym for all of the elders' names), Billy would turn into Captain Marvel, an adult hero with the power of flight, super speed, and super strength. As Captain Marvel, he would use his powers to capture criminals, save those in distress, and right any other wrongs that came up.


When this first aired, I was disappointed to find out that the show wasn't anything like the comic books (when the show became a hit, the comic was altered to resemble the tv show and Uncle Marvel grew a Mentor-like mustache as he and Billy traveled the country in an RV). In the comic books, Captain Marvel played a major part in the story and fought villains like Dr. Sivana (an evil genius) and his family, Mr. Mind (an evil worm with strong mental powers), and Black Adam (an evil version of Captain Marvel). In the series, Captain Marvel never fought super villains, only small time crooks, and he would only appear for a few minutes each episode. He would save the day and then deliver the moral of the story - and in case you missed the moral, Billy or the Captain would repeat it during the closing segment. Occassionally, Captain Marvel would team up with Isis.


Shazam! is finally out on DVD! Order it from Amazon.

(October 2012)

Episode Guides:

Marvel Family Web's Episode Guide
Another episode guide from the Pazsaz Entertainment Network


First season opening and closing credits, plus bumpers and moral segment

Opening credits from the second and third seasons. (Real Video)

Billy Batson gives the ending moral in the "Odd Couple" episode. (Real Video)

Captain Marvel (Jackson Bostwick) gives the ending moral in the "Thou Shall Not Kill" episode. (Real Audio)

Captain Marvel (John Davey) gives the ending moral in the "Ripcord" episode. (Real Audio)

Images/Screen Captures:

(click on images for larger versions)

Billy Batson
Captain Marvel
(first season)
Captain Marvel
(second season)
The RV

More Shazam! Photos


Jackson Bostwick's Official Site

Michael Gray's Official Site

The Unofficial SHAZAM! Appreciation Page

Marvel Family Web's Shazam! page

SHAZAM! page

Shazam! TV Wallpaper page Superhero Universe

Shazam! at the IMDB


The complete series was released on DVD in October 2012. .

The Isis episodes featuring Captain Marvel are available as part of an Isis box set.

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