Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Captain Marvel's Magic

While I knew the wizard Shazam gave Captain Marvel his powers, I didn't know that Shazam also taught Cap how to use magic!  No, not the 'let me pull a rabbit out of the hat' type of magic, but powerful magic for good (think of Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, or the wizard Shazam!).  I found this out in Captain Marvel Adventures #12 in the story "Captain Marvel and the Slap-Happy Magician."

I won't give a narrative of the story, but at the end of the adventure, Captain Marvel must use magic to save the day from an amateur magician.  Captain Marvel then warns the magician that it would be best to "leave magic to those who understand it!"  Then, at the end of the adventure, Billy fills us in that Captain Marvel learned magic from Shazam!

It was exciting to learn this fact about Cap!  It also tells us that there are other arts Cap learned from Shazam that we don't know about.  Off the top of my head I can't recall any story I've read where Cap has used magic, but now I'm on the look out for one - or more!  When I find them, I'll be sure to let you know.

(Note:  According to Captain Marvel Adventures #18 in the story, "Captain Marvel and the 3 Wishes of Tim Tucker" we learn "There is no magic greater than that of all-powerful Shazam..." - that tells us how powerful Shazam's magic is!)

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