Sep 19, 2010

Easter Eggs in Comics: Elvis Presley and Captain Marvel Jr.

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See this guy? We all know who this is, right?

That's right. That's the King of Rock N' Roll, Elvis Presley.

Now, what you may not know is that Elvis' look was heavily inspired by one superhero, because he was such a big fan of that superhero. That superhero? Captain Marvel Jr., one of the then-market-dominant Shazam! family of heroes.

In his award-winning Kingdom Come (written by Mark Waid), Alex Ross redesigned a whole new DC Universe for this future-set story, creating new characters and updating the classics.

To pay tribute to Elvis, Ross renamed Captain Marvel Jr., "King Marvel," and gave him a look reminiscent of the rockabilly icon. Though merely seen in the background, the iconography is quickly apparent.

In Kingdom Come, King Marvel is married to the former
Mary Marvel, now Lady Marvel, whose costume is reminiscent of
the Marvels' cape pattern - or Elvis' suits, whichever way you want to see it.

Seriously, you can't tell me this isn't an Elvis pose.

 Here's Alex Ross' sketch of King Marvel!

Cool, huh? For more information on the Captain Marvel Jr./Elvis Presley connection, click here!

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