How Elvis Was Inspired By A Superhero

Captain Marvel Jr. was the sidekick of the superhero Captain Marvel. By saying the words “Captain Marvel,” young Freddy Freeman would be struck by a magical bolt of lightning and transformed into Captain Marvel Jr, entrusted with the powers of the wizard Shazam.

As a child in the 1940s, Elvis Presley was a big fan of the Captain Marvel Jr. comic book series. His fandom was so big that when he grew up and became the King of Rock and Roll, Presley adapted Captain Marvel Jr.’s costume for his own on-stage look.

Presley’s jumpsuits drew inspiration from the Marvel family’s high collard costumes. Presley even took to wearing a half cape like his childhood hero and drew inspiration for the  TCB lightning bolt logo from Marvel’s lightning bolt symbol. Sometimes, Presley would sport a long white scarf like the one worn by Captain Marvel Jr.’s alter ego Freddy Freeman.

The teen superhero was so influential on Elvis that in Graceland you can see the King’s childhood collection of Captain Marvel Jr. comic books. As a tribute to Presley, in recent years DC Comics writers have depicted Marvel Jr. as being a big fan of Presley.


About Michael Darling
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