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The Adventures of Captain Marvel…SHAZAM!

SHAZAM! on the Big Screen

Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) was a Republic Pictures film serial produced by Hiram S. Brown, Jr. and directed by John English and William Witney. Featuring Frank Coghlan, Jr. as Billy Batson, who, when he says the magic word…SHAZAM!!! Billy becomes Captain Marvel (wonderfully played by Tom Tyler).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This serial was adapted from the popular Captain Marvel comic books (Fawcett Comics) Whiz Comics and Captain Marvel Adventures.

WHAT’S A SERIAL?

“A serial, film serial, movie serial or chapter play, is a motion picture form popular during the first half of the 20th century, consisting of a series of short subjects exhibited in consecutive order at one theater, generally advancing weekly, until the series is completed. Generally, each serial involves a single set of characters, protagonist and antagonistic, involved in a single story, which has been edited into chapters after the fashion of serial fiction and the episodes cannot be shown out of order or as a single or a random collection of short subjects.

Each chapter was screened at a movie theater for one week, and ended with a cliffhanger, in which characters found themselves in perilous situations with little apparent chance of escape. Viewers had to return each week to see the cliffhangers resolved and to follow the continuing story. Movie serials were especially popular with children, and for many youths in the first half of the 20th century a typical Saturday matinee at the movies included at least one chapter of a serial, along with animated cartoons, newsreels, and two feature films.” – Wikipedia

Folks would crowd into theaters…where all you needed was a quarter for an afternoon of great entertainment (that quarter includes a coke and popcorn by the way). One of the top serials of all time was the Adventures of Captain Marvel….SHAZAM! indeed.

SHAZAM! Returns to the Theatre!

The Adventures of Captain Marvel did so well that it was frequently re-released. Here’s the “Return of Captain Marvel” (one of the re-releases) trailer:

SHAZAM! Influenced by Captain Marvel

In my comics books, Skarabis is a Egyptian mummy superhero who’s creation was very much influenced by the Adventures of Captain Marvel serial. Skarabis has no SHAZAM! style magic word but I tried to make Skarabis’ name have that same classic feel.

You can see a few sample pages of Skarabis (read it all in DEVIL BAT #2) by clicking >>>HERE<<<

SHAZAM! …and now it’s chapter 1 of the Adventures of Captain Marvel:

WHO’S VANCE CAPLEY?

“When I was a little kid, before I could talk. My Mom said that I wanted some water, but I couldn’t say it. She said I grabbed a piece of paper and drew a picture of water…..”

“I’m VANCE CAPLEY. I was born May 1972. I’m a self-taught artist who has worked in various mediums, including drawing, painting and graphic design, for over 20 years. I’ve done artwork for musicians, publishers, and video production companies. I even write and illustrate my own publications. I’m truly blessed to do what I love to do. I hope, that when you see my work, the joy I experienced as I made these, shines brightly and makes your day.”

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Drawing Kamen Rider

DRAWING KAMEN RIDER

Vance Capley is drawing Kamen Rider and here’s why:

WHO’S KAMEN RIDER?

From Wikipedia: Kamen Rider 1 statue taken outside the Bandai HQ in Tokyo.

FROM WIKIPEDIA- “Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー Kamen Raidā, Masked Rider) is a tokusatsu superhero television series and weekly science fiction manga created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. (The program) debuted on television on April 3, 1971, and ran until February 10, 1973, airing on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and NET TV (now TV Asahi). The manga adaptation was also featured in Shōnen Magazine around the same period. The series has evolved into a franchise with many subsequent annual iterations. The cultural impact of the series in Japan resulted in astronomer Akimasa Nakamura naming two minor planets in honor of the series: 12408 Fujioka, after actor Hiroshi Fujioka, known for his portrayal of Takeshi Hongo/Kamen Rider 1, and 12796 Kamenrider, after the series itself.”

WHAT’S HIS STORY?

Screen capture from first episode

Continuing from Wikipedia, “The series takes place in a world plagued by Shocker, a mysterious world-wide terrorist organization formed by remaining members of the Nazis. To further its plans for world domination, Shocker recruited its agents through kidnapping, turning their victims into mutant cyborgs and, ultimately, brainwashing them. However, one victim named Takeshi Hongo escaped just before the final brainwashing. With his sanity and moral conscience intact, Hongo battled Shocker’s minions as the grasshopper-themed altered human (改造人間 kaizō ningen) superhero Kamen Rider. Another victim of the altered human process, freelance photographer Hayato Ichimonji. (He) became Kamen Rider 2. Kamen Rider saved him from Shocker, and then renamed himself as “Kamen Rider 1″. Assisted by motorcycle race team manager Tobei Tachibana and FBI agent Kazuya Taki, the Kamen Riders fought in both solo and partnered missions against Shocker and its successor organization, Gel-Shocker.”

KAMEN RIDER IS STILL AROUND?!

Kamen Rider began in 1971. It will be 47 years old April 2018. The show “reinvents” itself with every version of the hero. You can click on each one to get more info from wikipedia:

Heisei era Phase 1 series
Heisei era Phase 2 series

I LOVE KAMEN RIDER!

Motorcycles, monsters, and mayhem on a weekly basis, is fantastic! The ultra-coolness of seeing  if our hero survives can be a real nail-biter. And you NEVER know who’s going to show up, past and future incarnations, Super Sentai heroes, Inazuman, Kikaider, Ultraman, and even Space Sheriffs. It’s just the coolest superhero tv show ever made (IMHO). There’s no doubt why I’m drawing Kamen Rider…

I decided to draw the very first version of Kamen Rider. “Like”, share, and subscribe! Enjoy the show!

 

You can see more of my videos at: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist

Learn more about Kamen Rider at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Series

THE DEVIL BAT STRIKES….FINALLY!

THE DEVIL BAT STRIKES….FINALLY!

After working on the comic book for several months, the first Devil Bat adventure is here: THE DEVIL BAT STRIKES! Artist/writer/creator Vance Capley is pleased, “I wouldn’t say pleased, but I am happy that it’s done. Writing, drawing, and lettering the book myself was a heavy task. It looks good, reads well, and to the folks I showed, the story works and they wanted more. That’s a plus.”

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL BAT

The Devil Bat is Sgt. Anthony James Blaine. After the Battle of Baghdad, he saw something that disturbed him so much he began to suffer from PTSD.

From the National Center for PTSD:

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

Anthony Blaine’s PTSD began to wreck his home life. It got so bad that his wife took their child and separated from him. It would take time, but PTSD can be treated.

There was one problem.

One of the symptoms of PTSD is dreaming of the traumatic event over and over again. Blaine dreamed of the event….but he saw demons.

GRABBING THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL

In our first issue the Devil Bat, slayer of demons, battles to save the life of a young woman kidnapped by a deadly cult. A cult whose mission is to sacrifice the girl to bring their ancient leader from the beyond! A history of The Devil Bat films. We look at vintage film press-kits, and part 1 of 666SS Devil’s Island. Devil Bat #1 created, written, and illustrated by Vance Capley

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If you want to learn more about PTSD, you can visit https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/what-is-ptsd.asp

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