First of all, Captain Marvel, Jr. is packaged & sold as Freddy Freeman because a certain comic company made much more famous use of the word Marvel twenty years after Freddy was created. Doh. It’s a great irony though as Captain Marvel, Jr. can’t even say his own name anyway.
As any lay-comic fan could likely deduce, Freddy is Captain Marvel’s sidekick, but unlike Mary Marvel who received her powers from Shazam, Freddy was granted his powers from Captain Marvel directly., That means his magic words are: Captain Marvel. Kinda hard to get a brand going when you can’t say your own name!
Back in the day, when it snowed uphill to school both ways and DC Comics published stories I wanted to read, the Marvel Family was one of my favorite corners to explore. They have a rich pre-DC back story from the Fawcett Comics days. The 90s also saw an amazing Power of Shazam run. Sadly, recent years saw the family falling on hard times via poor writing, Mary Marvel in particular. I drifted away from them and haven’t really looked back. I haven’t bothered to follow along with the nu52 Shazam at all.
Despite our falling out, I did still need to have the primary members of the Marvel Family in my DC Classics collection. And I’m not alone. Captain Marvel, Jr. is a pretty big character to cross off the list this month and I’d be surprised if Mattel didn’t purposely schedule him to arrive right during subscription sign-ups. It’s what I would do.
There is just one tiny problem though. And it’s something Mattel can’t really fix. While Captain Marvel, Jr. is likely to be one of the more demanded characters to be put in the subscription this year, he’s still just Freddy Freeman.
He hasn’t had his own title since DC sued Fawcett sixty years ago. In his years at DC, he’s done a few cool things, been a Titan & an Outsider, got an even dumber name for a bit (CM3 – and this was before hashtags), but he’s not really had a chance to stand out. And in that regard he kinda amounts to much needed shelf filler.
That’s kinda where I’m at with him. I wanted this figure! I have this figure! It shipped to my house with no hassle! I was just going about my business one Tuesday last month and *boom* I have a CM3 figure. That should be awesome. Continue to Page 2…