Thursday, December 31, 2009

History of Comics on Film begins with Captian Marvel!

I found this series on the history of comics on film, and appropriately it begins with "The Adventures of Captain Marvel." This series provides good insight into the movies, as well as clever referencing of other comics and comics on film in each episode. Wonderful use of the medium too!

Sadly, the producer won't allow embedding, but follow the link:

History of Comics on Film, Chapter 1: The Adventures of Captain Marvel

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Captain Zorikh on Toni On New York!

Toni Senecal was cool enough to come to the Big apple Comic Con and interview me! You can see one of my music CD's (The Three Chord Monte Strikes Again 2.0) and she asked me to draw superhero versions of the whole cast of her show. So i Did! What do you think?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The English Football "Captain Marvel"

I finally found out who the "Captain Marvel" is in English football (soccer). It's Bryan Robson, the longest-serving captain of the famed Manchester United team. He also represented England 90 times, captaining the team in 65 matches. He played from 1973 - 1996.

He later moved into management, heading Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Manchester United, and the Thailand national team.

He is one of the all-time greats of the game, an immortal with many goals scored and several championships, but I have not been able to find any information as to why "Captain Marvel" was the nickname given to him.Perhaps because he was such a good player and long running captain, the most popular name in England to give to a heroic captain is "Marvel," and there it is.

It also seems that the title "Captain Marvel" is also given to other footballers who are given the captain's armband and perform exceptionally, including such folks as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Billy Batson/Captain Marvel appearing in Brave & Bold cartoon!

Back in July at Comic-Con in San Diego, it was announced that Captain Marvel/Billy Batson and the Marvel Family would appear with Batman in the "Brave and the Bold" cartoon. Well, the first clip is available on IGN and it's a doozy!

Tara Strong does the voice of Billy, and Jeff Bennett does the voice of the Big Red Cheese. I can't wait to see how they will do Mary and Freddy!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monster Society re-print delayed

Many classic Captain Marvel fans have been very excited since it was announced that the Fawcett serial "The Monster Society of Evil" was going to be reprinted in a single volume again, this time affordable priced (there was a deluxe hardcover edithion with a slipcase published back in the early 1990's, but it was a very expensive item).

Sadly, though, it seems that the release date for this has been delayed. perhaps it is to coincide with some anticipated news about the "Shazam" movie project?

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Video: Lecture on the DC-Fawcett Lawsuit

This was edited together from the Captain Marvel Culture lecture I did at I-Con in March:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Marvel (Miracle) Man to be reprinted!

Yes, I am a little behind on this news. Marvel comics acquired the rights to Marvelman (known in the US as Miracleman because of Marvel Comics' claim to the trademark of "Marvel"), the 1950' British follow-up to the original Captain Marvel created by Mick Anglo. Now they have announced that they will be reprinting the 1980's series written first by Alan Moore and continued by Niel Gaiman.

This was a remarkably well written and drawn series that broke new ground for comics and explored the ramifications of super-powers further than any comic book had sone up to that time. Peter Sanderson has lectured that the Marvelman/Miracleman series is one of the most important in comic book history because it kicked off the post-modern movement of 1986, which in his words, is "the Year the Changed Comics."

You can read the post by Graeme McMillan on here (the comments section, however, turns into a big argument about whether or not Alan More is an asshole for what he is quoted in the post as saying about this).

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Monica Rambeau video

I know it seems like I've been on a Monica Rambeau kick lately, and a lot of it has to do with the article I wrote that is coming out in the December issue of Alter Ego magazine (watch for it!).

And now this fellow has made a little video tribute to Marvel Comics' second Captain Marvel (and the only one with no direct connection to Mar-Vell, the only black female one, and the one with the longest run of appearances in a single, uninterrupted comic series).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New writer signed for "Shazam",movie

Boy, am I h=behind the itmes on this nes! This came from a Hollywood Reporter article from a few months ago.

"August 19, 2009 Actor-turned-writer Bill Birch has been tapped to reboot "Shazam!," Warners' adaptation of a DC Comics series featuring Captain Marvel. Geoff Johns, one of the three DC Comics heavyweights hired by the studio to act as consultants on DC projects, is also helping with the kick-start, co-writing the story with Birch. It's somewhat fitting that Birch takes on "Shazam!" as his very name echoes the name of the comic's hero, Billy Batson, a teenager who becomes Captain Marvel when he utters the magic word "Shazam!" The name is an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Aries, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury."

This makes I think four writers or wrioter teams for the project so far. There was William Goldman, the team from Toy Story, John August, and now this guy. At least it is good to see that Michael Uslan cares enough about this project to keep plugging away. I know he has a great love for the character from personal conversations with him, and I really hoe this movie is as good as it is right!

Friday, September 18, 2009

RIP Fankie Coghlan, Jr.

Frank Coghlan, Jr, the young man who played Billy Batson in the "Adventures of Captain Marvel" serial passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 7, at age 93.

Time is taking away all the people who were there at the beginning of the Captain Marvel saga, and this is the latest.

Frank played boys and teenagers in Hollywood from 1920 (Daredevil Jack) to 1946 (One More Tomorrow). He had the size, look, and voice that made it easy to believe that he was younger than his years, but as Billy Batson, he could handle himself in good boy-hero fashion.

He was in hundreds of movies and serials, but his work as Billy Batson is what he remains known by. The Los Angels Times obit identifies him as such and even includes a poster for the serial Read it here. He even had a small part written for him in the Shazam! TV series when an episode was shot in the San Diego Zoo, which he was working for at the time.

His autobiography was published in 1993 under the title "They 'Still Call Me Junior." I have yet to read it. There is a lovely little interview with him in PC Hamerlinck's Fawcett Companion.

Here is what I wrote about him in my chapter about the serial:

"Frank Coghlan Jr. Was called by Cecil B. De Mille “The Perfect Homeless Waif “ (The Fawcett Companion P.C. Hammerlinck, pg 123). He spent the first two and a half decades of his Hollywood career playing young boys. For the first half of this period he was credited as "Junior Coghlan," and for the second half of it he was frequently in uncredited roles. Some of these roles were in very popular movies, like Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), Knute Rockne All American (1940), The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942), and This Is the Army (1943). His film career slowed after 1946, and he was working as the Director of Public Relations for the Los Angeles Zoo when the producers of the Shazam! TV series on CBS were looking to film an episode there. When he told them he had played Billy Batson in the serial, they wrote a part in the TV show for him."

You can see more about Motion picture serials and The Adventures of Captain Marvel in my Captain MArvel Culture preview pages.

By all accounts he was a very nice guy, and he will be missed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Help finance this project - Buy my posters

Hi Friends. I have just finished an article about the female Captain Marvels for Alter Ego Magazine. It should be out in the October or December issue.

On a related note, I am raising more funds to finish off this project by selling off some things that I no longer need, some pieces of my life that I am leaving behind. I used to collect posters. At every comic convention, every free giveaway, every movie premiere, if they were giving away posters, I would take some. Some had been given to me as gifts, some I even sought out and bought. But now they are just taking up space, cluttering up my room, and not doing me any good. I don't have the wall space for them, and besides, I'm not a kid anymore.

So who wants about 300 posters from the 1980's up to today? Mostly they are movie posters, sci-fi and fantasy, although some of them are for comics, books, games, sports, art, music, and I even have a few that have the World Trade Center in them. I don't have the time to put them all up on E-Bay, so I will accept any reasonable offer, so long as you either come to pick them up or pay for shipping.

You can see photos of them all at

Below is the list of what's available:

Movies & TV
300 DVD (3)
Alien Raiders (small) (3)
Alien Raiders (4)
Apollo 13 (2)
Babylon II (2)
Beowulf (2)
Black Dahlia
Blade Runner- National College Preview (2)
Blade Trinity 1
Blade Trinity 2
Boogeyman (2)
Braveheart weapons
China O'Brien 2
The Core
Cutthroat Island
Daredevil – Ben Afleck
Daredevil – Bullseye (2)
Daredevil - Elektra (2)
Daredevil – Kingpin (2)
Darkman (3)
Dead Presidents
Deadly Spawn (6)
Death Prof & Planet Terror/Death Proof (2)
Death Proof & Planet Terror/Machete (2)
Doomsday (2)
Dragons – Animal Planet (William Stout)
Eight Legged Freaks (3)
El Cantante
Escape From L.A.
E.T. 20th Anniversary (5)
The Exorcist (remake)
Fanboys (6)
Final Destination 2 (2)
The Fourth Protocol (3)
Ghost Ship
Golden Compass
Grant Morrison's MBX (online animated)
Harry Potter Soundtrack
Hellboy (small) (2)
Hellboy (big)
Hellboy II
Hell's Beacon (signed)
Highlander/The Cutoff (Karate International) (2 sided)
House of the Dead (2)
The hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)
Indiana Jones (4)
Into the West – TNT (2 sides) (2)
Iron Man (launching) (2)
Iron Man (4)
Iron Man (2)
Jackass 2
The Jacket (2)
James Scott (audio play)
Jurassic Park – The Lost World (2)
Kill Bill (3)
Kull the Conqueror (3)
LifeForce (9)
Lord of the Rings – Two Towers (small) (2)
Lord of the Rings – Two Towers (big)
Lord of the Rings – Return of the King – Gandalf
Lord of the Rings – Return of the King - Frodo
Master and Commander (2)
Master & Commande (2 sided) (2)
McHale's Navy (4)
Millenium Actress (2)
Mongol (59)
Mr. Ed Salad Bar – Nick at Night
Ninja Babes from Space (2)
One Piece (2)
Pathfinder (2)
Perfect Creature (2)
Punisher 2004 (Skull) (2)
Punisher 2004 (Thomas Jane) (3)
Punisher War Zone
Red Planet
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (2)
Remo Williams: The First Adventure (6)
Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (7)
The Rock
Rollerball (remake) (3)
Sci-fi Channel (2)
Scorpion King (8)
Seeing Red
Silence of the Lambs
The Sixth Day (3)
Slacker Cats
Slayer (3)
Stardust (2)
Stargate - Ark of Truth
Star Trek Nemesis (4)
Star Trek 2008
Star Wars – Revenge of the Brick
Star Wars – The Phantom Menace – Taco Bell 1 of 4 (with coupons)
Star Wars – The Phantom Menace – Taco Bell 2 of 4 (with coupons)
Star Wars – The Phantom Menace – Taco Bell 3 of 4 (with coupons)
Sweeny Todd – Depp (2)
Sweeny Todd – Depp & Carter (2)
Tales of the Broken Moon
Timeline (3)
To the Devil – A Daughter (2)
Tomb Raider soundtrack
Tomorrow Never Dies
The Tune (singed & personalized by Bill Plympton)
Transformers (2)
Twilight (2)
Underworld (2)
Urban Legends - Final Cut
War of the Wizards (11)
War of the Worlds
Watchmen - Silk Specter (5)
Watchmen – Comedian (2)
What About Bob
X-Men (2)
X-2 (3)

America Film Market 1989
America Film Market 1990
New York International Independent Film and Video Festival 2005 (2)

It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues

Hatter: The Looking Glass Wars - (2)
Star Wars – Legacy of the Force
Tigerheart (Peter David) (2)
Waldenbooks Other Worlds Club

100% - Vertigo
2001 Nights (3)
Batman Adventures
Big Daddy Danger - DC
Black Dragon
Black Tiger
Chronicles of Sara
The Filth – Grant Morrison – Vertigo (2)
Helix Comics
Human Target - DC
JLA: Obsidian Age
Magnus Robot Fighter – Aklaim
A Man Called Ax – DC (3)
Marvel in Previews
More Than Mortal Sagas
Ninjak – Aklaim
The Pummeler
Savage Swod of Conan
Sin City
Spiral/Black God
Troublemakers - Aklaim
Turok - Aklaim
The Warrior's Way
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia – Original Universe
Warrior's Way
Will Eisner Tribute
WS: Eye of the Storm - Wildstorm
Zombie Loan/Alice on Deadlines

Big Apple Convention September 2005 10th Anniversary (Arthur Suydam) (3)
Big Apple Convention November 2007 (Brian Kong)
Big Apple Convention June 2008 (Michael Golden - Iron Man) (16)
Creation Convention National Tour 1983
MoCCA Art Fest 2005 (2)
Whitney Comic Art Show 1983

Computer Games
Asheron's Call (2 sides)
Dragon Age Origins (2 sides) (24)
Lair (3)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Middle Earth – The White Hand
Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning (2 sides)

Non-Computer Games
Andromeda 2500
Dragon Quest
Kult – Illusion #1, 1994
Shadowstar Games
Sorcerer's Crusade
Who's Who Among Vampires – Children of the Inquisition

Batmobile 1950's
Justice League
JLA – Starro
Superman #14

Architecture calendar posters (2 different)
Architecture in Congrass 2000 - 1985
Cheshire Cat
Dragan Ilic
Dragan Ilic signed & numbered (1 of 100)
Excedrin 1
Excedrin 2
Wavertree ship in South Street Seaport
Heavy Metal (Royo)
Red Grooms Grand Central Terminal (signed & personalized)
Salute to Brasil 1979
Sagres – Portuguese ship
Sci-fi – Columbia House

Boxing - John Duddy vs. Dupre Strickland 5/18/2007
Boxing - Tyson - Holyfield 11/9/1996
Dr. J – Converse
Football Cards, uncut sheet
International Fight League
NASCAR Sprint Cup 2008
New Jersey Red Dogs Arena Football 1999
New York Knights Arena Football 1988 (3)
Pepsi-Gatorade (2 sided)
Tommy Moe-signed
USA Basketball “America's Team” 1992
Super Bowl XV – New Orleans

The Beatles First US Visit
Hudson River Revival 1986
Apocalygma Berzerk
Battery Cage
Bella Morte
Psyclon 9
System Syn

Cindy Crawford in fantasy armor - Pocari Sweat (Japan)
D-Day 50th Anniversary (3)
Famous Grouse “Henge” scroll
Famous Grouse map of Scottish whiskey distilleries
Head of Charles Regatta
“Marihuana” Warning
School of Visual Arts – Churchill & Eiffel Tower
School of Visual Arts – Imagination Birds
Stuyvesant Scroll
Taco Bell “80's, what a Decade” 1990 calendar
Timespell (Multi-media show in Watkins Glen, NY)
Tower Records book covers (2)
Tower Records calendar 1987 (3)
Tower Records calendar 1989

Most of the posters are in great shape, though some are a little battered from having been up on a wall or in transit.

If you are interested, contact me at or 917-865-1214

Friday, August 14, 2009

Writing article on Female Captain Marvels

I am currently writing an article for Alter Ego Magazine about the female Captain Marvels; Monica Rambeau, Jerry Ordway's Mary Batson/Bromfield, Phyla-Vell, and Carol Danvers (in the "House of M").

One thing I have noticed, is that each one of them have gone by at least two other superhero or villain names, and that some of them spent the briefest parts of their career as Captain Marvels.

I won't say too much more about them here now, watch for the issue coming out in December.

If your local comic book shop does not carry the magazine, you can order Alter Ego from TwoMorrows Publishing at You can find my previous article for the magazine, comparing and contrasting Billy Batson/Captain Marvel with Rick Jones/Mar-Vell/Genis-Vell at

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Monica - the Marvel Diva

So Marvel Comics has put out a new comic about the "real life" adventures or four under-utilized female characters, Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel/Photon/Pulsar), Patsy Walker (Hellcat), Felicia Hardy (Black Cat), and Angelica Jones (Firestar). It's basically like "Sex in the City" with superheroes (although it's unfair for me to say so, I never watch that show). The new series is called "Divas."

Monica is easily the most accomplished and able of these characters, having been a harbor patrol officer, ship captain, and leader of the Avengers, as well as having the stroingest powers and being the only one who can fly. She carries a bit of a chip on her shoulder about that, bitching about how when the leave a rooftop party it's like they are in high school and she's the only one with a driver's licence, and when at a "speed dating" event she introduces herself by simply saying "I'm Monica. Impress me."

And it seems she has a bit of a thing for Brother Voodoo, being a New Orleans girl and everything. Nice to see that cultural touch.

It's nice to see Monica get some attention, especially seeing how another female Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel/Binary/Warbird/Captain Marvel) has had a whole series for the past couple of years. Ms. Marvel may have been introduced as "the feminist superhero," but I hold that Monica was more of a feminist. Though Carol was a security chief at Cape Canaveral and editor of "Woman Magazine, she lost both those jobs, and let's face it, that bare-belly-button costume strained her "feminism" credibility. Also, her battles with alcoholism, bouts of schizophrenia, and aggressive attitude made her a bad role model.

Monica, on the other hand, has always been a competent professional at whatever she did (her brief period as the insecure leader of the Avengers notwithstanding, she was being mentally manipulated by Dr. Druid). though she was held back in her harbor patrol career by a sexist chief, she was always more about getting the job done than whining about what was holding her back.
Monica, on the other hand,

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thoughts about Monica

I have been invited to write an article for a magazine about the female Captain Marvels, so I have been boning up on them. As with almost everything I have done with this project, I find myself learning a lot I never realized about a certain character.

In this case, the character is Monica Rambeau, Marvel Comics' second Captain Marvel. She first appeared in a "Amazing Spider-Man" annual, and was instantly transferred to the Avengers, where she was the first new member to be granted "Avenger i-in-Training" status before becoming a full-fledged Avenger and later leader of the Avengers.

During her time before she became leader, she was very well handled by writer Roger Stern, displaying a degree of resourcefulness about her powers that was quite impressive. Fan mail almost unanimously expressed praise and admiration for her. Though she originally seemed a little unsure about working with superheroes, she quickly gained confidence in her abilities and role on the team.

Then came the day wihen team leader The Wasp stepped down and Captain America noinated Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) for leader. She first expressed doubts about accepting the nomination. Then she went home to talk to her parents (who knew about and supported her superhero career) and then helped Captain America rescue some kids from a cave.. At the end she accepted the nimination. After that, however, it all seems to have fallen apart.

Though I have not gotten all the way through the series yet, Monica is not pulling her weight as leader. Dr. Druid has worked his way onto the team and is maneuvering to take over as leader, and Monica is letting him give commands and be an authority figure, despite his newness on the team (he joined after Monica became leader). She is recognizing how she is falling short in her leadership capacities, not giving effective battle commands, for instance, and also, she is finding herself too fatigued to use her powers way too often.

I, personally, find it hard to accept that a person who felt she was ready to command a harbor patrol boat in New Orleans could be so unsure of her ability to command, and, for that matter, be so unable to effectively command a team of law-enforcers after the two years (although described as "several months" in the comics) with the team.

Friday, April 3, 2009

CMC Lecture at I-Con this Sunday

That's right folks, there's hardly a corner of I-Con in which the Captain will not be found in this year!

First, on Saturday, there will be the annual lecture on the history of Armor and Chivalry at 2:00 PM in room A322 of the Field House at Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus in Brentwood.

Next, The Death Star Repairmen will be performing a full hour of music at 6 PM in the Islip Room of the Holiday Inn, Ronkonkoma. Http://

For the first time in five years I will not be performing in the Cabaret, but I will be helping judge the costume contest in the Masquerade Saturday night sometime between 10 PM and 12:30 at the Crystal Room of the Holiday Inn, Ronkonkoma.

Then I will be rushing over to screen the latest version of “Combat Twister and the further battles of Kim Fu Yu and Jenny Rancid” at 1:00 AM in the Renoir Room of the Islandia Marriott Hotel as part of the “I-Con After Dark” programming. Http://

The next day, Sunday, at 2 PM, in room A214 of the Field House at Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus in Brentwood, I will be hosting the “Top Ten” discussion panel, an amusing hour in which we will be creating “top 10” lists about everything sci-fi, fantasy, horror, comics, medieval, and more!

Finally, immediately following that, on Sunday at 3 PM, yours truly will be lecturing on Captain Marvel Culture, the history of the many Captain Marvels, in room A315 of the Field House at Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus in Brentwood. Http://

And in between all those times I will be in the dealer's room selling my latest CD's, comics, videos and more!

Then its back to the real world, where we are still working on the next Captain Zorikh thing, “Redemption,” the movie that will do for submission grappling what “Rocky” did for boxing, “Karate Kid” did for youth karate, “Bad News Bears” did for little league baseball, and “Role Models” did for LARPing! Http://

You can check out all about the convention, including admission directions, and other programming by going to

See you there!

Captain Zorikh

Monday, March 2, 2009

CMC gets mention on NY Rocks TV!

If you skip forward to 50:20 you can see my interview on Phil Fiumano's NY Rocks TV where I give a good plug to Captain Marvel Culture!

Monday, February 9, 2009

NY Comic Con Report

So I just got back from the NY Comic Con at the Javits Center this weekend.

It was a good one for the Captain Marvel Culture project. I have just produced a new abridged edition of Captain Marvel Culture, outlining the history of the many different Captain Marvels. I was able to sell a bunch of copies of the booklet, along with some copies of my Watch This Space magazine, which includes a chapter from the book about how the McCarthyist anti-Communist witch hunts of the 1950's were reflected in the Kree-Skrull War, the Civil War, and the Legends miniseries.

I was also able to meet with and get on camera Jim Starlin, Lee Weeks, Len Wein, and Gary Frederich talking about their particular parts of Captain Marvel history. I hope to have some of that footage up soon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The new Captain Marvel...Boy!

So it seems that with the departure of Khn'nr, Marvel needs a new character to carry its trademark. So now Norman Osborn, hero of the Secret Invasion, having been given leadership of the Avengers, has recruited Noh-Varr (the most recent Marvel Boy) to be Captain Marvel on his new incarnation of the team.

Wonder if he'll get his own series?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Shazam! movie dead?

So it looks like the Shazam film project, once with New Line, now with EWB, is on hold, or dead, or at least John August is not writing it anymore.

In his blog post, writer John August describes how he wrote one scrips, a comedic bit with the boy learning how to be a superhero ("Big with super powers"), then got notes from New Line, then found out that WB had taken over, and got more notes, then was told to make the script darker and edgier (more like "Dark Knight"), then wrote a darker and edgier script, and then was told the project is "dead."

So for us fans, this makes, what, four years of waiting? This is the third writer or writing team on the project. Motion picture trends have come and gone in the time that has been spent in pre-production purgatory here. We've had casting rumors from the absurd (Dwayne Johnson as Captain Marvel) to the head-smackingly ridiculous (Jake Gyllenhall as Captain Marvel), and even a MTV Blogs casting survey (Dwayne Johnson should play Black Adam! Brandon Molale had a whole MySpace profile promoting him for the role of the Big Red Cheese (He certainly looks the part, but his reel and interview aren't selling me quite yet Captain AMrvel fans have tried to deconstruct "Get Smart" to see if they can get clues as to how a Shazam movie directed by Peter Segal would be. Michael Uslan keeps on saying that he want sit to be done right.

So what's next?