9

The (bad) TV series Shazam!, based on the DC Comics property of the same name, ran from 1974-1977. A few aspects of the series contain totally original material, from young Billy Batson having a mentor named, get this, Mentor, who drives him around in a caravan with the Shazam logo on the front of it. In the show, Billy frequently consults a glowing ball that gives him access to the gods and king that give his powers derive from. Were any of these elements later adapted for the comics? Did he ever gain an elderly sidekick named Mentor whose relationship to him is hopefully explained? Does he ever get a "Sha-van?"

7
  • 3
    Having a tutor called Mentor was good enough for Abraham Lincoln, but not good enough for you? Hmm. Picky much? – Valorum Sep 16 '20 at 6:51
  • 1
    Shazam! was a part of a programming called The Shazam!/Isis Hour whose second half was the show The Secrets of Isis wherein a human turned into the goddess Isis. Both Shazam! and The Secrets of Isis were based in the same fictional universe and they even had crossover episodes. DC wrote the same Isis into DC comicbook canon later. I'm not sure if this qualifies as an answer, so I'm leaving this here as a comment. As for the other specific elements of the show mentioned in the question, they never made it into comicbook canon AFAIK. – Satyajit Sen Sep 16 '20 at 22:42
  • 1
    @SatyajitSen I didn't realize that Isis came didn't originate in the comics. I would definitely count that as part of an answer. – Donatello Swansino Sep 16 '20 at 22:48
  • 1
    @DannyMcG No, you're thinking of Super Friends, which had the Wonder Twins, who are siblings that join rings to get their power. – Donatello Swansino Sep 17 '20 at 19:13
  • 1
    @Donatello Swanson I had it confused with Shazzan en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shazzan – DannyMcG Sep 18 '20 at 9:28
4

Well, the loosely cited Wikipedia entry for Shazam (Tv Series) answers two of your questions.

For a brief time, Uncle Dudley became the role of Mentor in the comics.

The Mentor character, as played by Les Tremayne, was unique to the TV series and did not originate from the Shazam! comics. His background, and the origin of his relationship to Billy, were never explained.

In later issues of the 1970s Shazam! comics meant to tie-in with the TV show, Billy's Uncle Dudley grows a moustache, drives Billy around the country in an RV, and tells Billy that the Wizard Shazam chose him to be Billy's "mentor", essentially turning Dudley into the comic book version of Mentor. The Mentor character has not been used since[.]

The RV has occasionally been referenced later

[A]lthough Uncle Dudley is shown driving a similar RV in the 2010s animated series Justice League Action.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.