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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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BashBrannigan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is great on many different levels. 
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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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johntrumbull Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! Keep the lightning going!
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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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deneeve Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
"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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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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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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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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ImdaBatman Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My thoughts exactly
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