I’m old enough to remember when Captain Marvel was on Saturday morning television (and also that there was a specific genre of television geared to kids on Saturday morning.)  As such, the ‘Shazam or Captain Marvel’ dichotomy is old news to me, one of the nerd arguments I can’t bring myself to have anymore, right up there with “Plastic Man isn’t in the Fantastic Four” and “Barry Allen’s superhero name is not Flash Gordon.”  Yes, those are real.  You young’ns don’t know how lucky you have it with people knowing who Tony Stark is and why Doctor Strange is cool, leading us to today’s nomenclative query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is really torn on this one, as I expect that a portion of the comics community hates the Shazam change because we no longer get to “Um, ACTUALLY…” random people about it, asking: When it comes to the Big Red Cheese, is he Shazam or Captain Marvel to you?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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12 Comments

  1. Lee Goldberg
    February 16, 2017 at 11:33 am — Reply

    Captain Marvel

  2. Neal
    February 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    Captain Marvel.

  3. February 16, 2017 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Shazam. I have Gomer on my side for this one. And he’s a frickin’ marine who will kick your butt! And then sing you a song.

  4. Chux
    February 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm — Reply

    Shazam

  5. February 16, 2017 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    I’m slowly getting used to Shazam. Still mostly Captain Marvel to me.

  6. Ron
    February 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    Neither. I’d prefer if he was to be called by his original name: Captain Thunder.

    • February 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm — Reply

      Not sure that an unpublished ashcan from 1940 really counts as the “original”, but mileage varies.

      I personally find Captain Thunder to be super-generic and boooring.

  7. February 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm — Reply

    Captain Marvel, definitely.

  8. Jim
    February 17, 2017 at 5:03 am — Reply

    Captain Marvel of course but I read legally he can’t be called Captain Marvel?

    • February 17, 2017 at 7:34 am — Reply

      DC cannot publish a TITLE called Captain Marvel, as Marvel holds those rights. This is why his last ongoing was called ‘Power Of Shazam.’

  9. Kegen
    February 17, 2017 at 10:00 am — Reply

    It’s gotta be Shazam! The name “Captain Marvel” is one of the worst superhero names there ever was.

  10. b003
    February 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    Marvel, cuz Shazam Jr, and Mary Shazam doesn’t really work for me. I also like Captain Thunder.

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