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LIID 150: Captain Marvels! by johntrumbull LIID 150: Captain Marvels! by johntrumbull
The Line It Is Drawn #150 for 8/2/13: Comic Book Cover Homages! I chose the suggestion "Action Comics #252 (The first appearance of Supergirl) with the original Captain Marvel and the Carol Danvers Captain Marvel." I was all set to draw a simple two character homage, when it struck me that Marvel had had a LOT of different Captain Marvels over the years, and we were off to the races!

Homage to the cover of Action Comics #252 by Curt Swan and Al Plastino. Original is visible here: www.editions-deesse.com/images…

You can check out all the other great cover homages here: goodcomics.comicbookresources.…
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:iconjfmam:
Jfmam Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
Cap 'll always be THE Captain Marvel to me. I suppose it's DCs fault really, for driving Fawcett out of the market in the first place.
Anyway, Great Work! It really has a retro feel!
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:iconangusmctavish:
AngusMcTavish Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Oh, Shazam!  Things got real right there and then!

:lol:

Great job on this!
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconstealwave:
Stealwave Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
You forgot the captain marvel that was. Robot
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I wasn't trying to get every single Captain Marvel in there, so I didn't forget anybody. I just drew the ones I wanted to draw. :)
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:iconstealwave:
Stealwave Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
But he has such an amazing power
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:iconappokalipssurvivor:
AppokalipsSurvivor Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
this is why his name now is Shazam
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:iconjimcleaveland:
jimcleaveland Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Fun!  I always liked Monica Rambeau.  Marvel doesn't use her enough.
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Agreed. Roger Stern created a cool character there but no one has really used her as well since.
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:iconfang980:
fang980 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Wait what's with the kree or whatever that greenguy Is!
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What do you mean?
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:iconfang980:
fang980 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
The guy in green and white I think his species is the skree or kree enemy of the skrull
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
He's the Kree Captain Mar-Vell, and he's actually the same guy as the one in red & blue at an earlier point in his career.
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:iconfang980:
fang980 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Okay makes much more sense
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I picked the other Captain Marvels using the highly scientific process of "What costumes do I feel like drawing?" :)
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:iconfang980:
fang980 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Cool
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:iconjimcleaveland:
jimcleaveland Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That was Mar-Vell's original outfit when he was a Kree soldier, before he switched to the blue and red one.
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:iconfang980:
fang980 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Ahhhh
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:iconbashbrannigan:
BashBrannigan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is great on many different levels. 
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant, know your history, kids. I wish that legal issues wouldn't have to interfere with great ideas, stories, and artwork. Captain Marvel is STILL a fantastic character after how many decades of publishing?... 

Thanks, John.
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsirdna109:
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! Keep the lightning going!
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If that's why he's now called "Shazam" in the New 52, then I will never forgive Marvel for it
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:icondeneeve:
deneeve Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
"Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel-related comics in 1953, partly because of a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics, alleging that Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman.[3] In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters from Fawcett and returned them to publication, acquiring all rights to the characters by 1991. DC has since integrated Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe, and have attempted to revive the property several times with mixed success. Due to trademark conflicts over another character named "Captain Marvel" owned by Marvel Comics since 1967,[4] DC Comics renamed their character "Shazam" after relaunching their comic book line in 2011.[5]"

A quick blurb from wiki that covers the history. One could argue that if DC hadn't sued Fawcett to begin with maybe they would still be running and would have never lost the trademark. Look at the lawsuit history. It was DC that forced Fawcett to stop publication of Captain Marvel. The fact is by the time DC bought the rights to Captain Marvel's copyright, Marvel had already gotten the trademark on the name. You should be looking at DC if you want someone to blame.
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Noted. Thanks for the info.
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
More or less. Because Marvel keeps introducing characters called Captain Marvel & holds a copyright on the name, DC can't publish a book with that title. So DC goes with variations on "Shazam!" on their books, creating the confusion about what Captain Marvel's name really is.
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the fact that they've both created a universe that you need to do 70 years of research on is totally not confusing? There's like 12 different teams of X-Men now!
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, that's the problem. You shouldn't NEED to do research on comic book characters before you start reading them. You should just be able to dive in anywhere and still get the gist of what's going on. If the writer and the artist are doing their jobs, that is.

"SHOULD" being the operative word here. :)
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My thoughts exactly
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:iconsirdna109:
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes.
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, then I re-enterate: I'll never forgive them for it!
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:iconsirdna109:
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree. He will ALWAYS be Captain Marvel to me. And the other great characters can be Captain Marvels, too. 

From what I know, is that a while ago, Marvel won a legal case where they got the exclusive use of the name of 'Captain Marvel'. Even though Fawcett Publishing and (later) DC Comics have been publishing Captain Marvel for decades! 

So now, when the character appears, he must be referred to as 'Shazam'.
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They actually have a trope for this
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:iconsirdna109:
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. It is fairly accurate. A shame this had to happen to such a great comic character.
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:iconimdabatman:
ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah.
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:iconsirdna109:
SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art and characters VS. the legal system.

Kind of a shame this happened.

Lessons learned, I guess. But a lot of us feel dissatisfied. Now why is that?!
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manbat57 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
man you are too much!!!!, I love it!!!!!
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AeroHybrid Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Looks like Billy isn't the only one to have 'Marvel' named after him xD :D
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Too, too awesome in notion and execution!
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmindcloud78:
MindCloud78 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally with ya on this and very clever.
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ttenchantr Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Considering Fawcett had no way to use the character and therefore no way to keep the trademark, all this hating on Marvel is misplaced. Also, it was M. F. Enterprises who first used the name after Fawcett on their Splitxam Captain Marvel.
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I know that.  It doesn't make what Marvel did right.
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:icondeneeve:
deneeve Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
There's nothing wrong with what Marvel did. And DC was the one that forced Captain Marvel to stop publishing, which stopped them from using their trademark. In trademark law "you don't use it, you lose it." Essentially DC caused Fawcett to lose the trademark. Marvel then picked it up. 
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:iconjohntrumbull:
johntrumbull Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nothing wrong legally. Morally, I find it dubious.
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:iconkevmann:
kevmann Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Billy, no hero can triumph over Marvel's attorneys...
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:iconsidetrack1:
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
You know Billy Batson prob.would've gotten more exposure over the yrs if they had changed his whole name to "*Captain* shazam" or just Shazam like it is now WAY b4 -_-
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