For Captain Marvel, or also known as Shazam, the best and most distinquishable thing about him is that he's just a small kid! The young boy, Billy Batson, needs to just speak the name of the Wizard who endowed him with power. SHAZAM! Lightning strikes, and Billy transforms into the heroic Captain Marvel. With the strength, speed, wisdom and flight of the gods! There have been quite a few stories that do a great job depicting his innocent and youthful nature while in the body of a man.
Shazam is also a character I got to draw for the the DC Universe Online game. Here are some of the still images from the cut scenes in the game. These were compiled over layers of background to create the scenes.
I also like when Captain Marvel guest appears on the Young Justice cartoon. This new incarnation of the Teen Titans will have Captain Marvel come and "babysit" these young heroes....but no one knows infact he's younger than all of them and just wants their approval like they're older siblings. It plays out well, and I can see where he's coming from being a younger brother with many cooler siblings myself.
The hardest thing about drawing Shazam is getting his face just right. He has to look large and masculine, but keep his boyish quality. It's surprisingly hard to do.
JLA Jan. - Captain Marvel - 201
|Captain Marvel a.k.a. "The Big Red Cheese"...appropriate.|
Original Art for Sale - SOLD
9x12 Ink on Bristol Board.
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