As a kid, I loved comics. I used to hang out at the corner drugstore, buy a soda and read their comics. Superman was my first Hero.
He was fighting the Japanese (then called :”The Japs”) in World War II. Later this Max Fleischer film immortalised Superman, long before Batman had a film about Batman.
A competitor came out in the 1940s named Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel could change from the youth, Billie Batson, to The the unbeatable, flying do-it -all, Captain Marvel, by shouting the magic word: “Shazam”.
Superman’s organization sued Captain Marvel’s organization for patent infringement and won. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Comics_Publications_v._Fawcett_Publications#Results_of_the_lawsuit
Captain Marvel’s owners had to turn all rights over to Superman’s people. Superman’s people decided to get rid of Captain Marvel. They staged an epic battle between the two:
I think the comments in YouTube are priceless. The comments to this filmed epic battle, are in my mind, great:
As of :March 7 2010:
“Dlhouicko (1 day ago) …
If Captain Marvel has anything over Superman it has to be the wisdom of Soloman.
Collateral damage, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs in a superhero battle, besides the property damage is ususally uninhabited waterfront buildings due for demolition or something like that.