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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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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