|Jackson Bostwick as Captain Marvel #1. (DC Comics/Warner Home Video)|
|Original TV Guide listing. (Google images)|
|Isis and Captain Marvel #2. (Google images)|
But it wasn't completely gone. Somebody was shrewd enough to actually invest money, time and effort in taping those '78 reruns, and once the VHS era of home video was at full throttle, it was only a matter of time before Shazam! could be had by fans on bootleg tapes. I was one of those who purchased them, buying a seven-tape set of all 28 shows that cost $150.00. (Not surprisingly, the copies of the Bostwick episodes looked like they were played more than the Davey ones.) These tapes helped sustain my memories for years, as they did (no doubt) for many others.
Meanwhile, jumping ahead to the time when TV Land was still cool to watch, Shazam! resurfaced in a scattering of edited reruns. What was notably gone were the morals, which were clipped out years ago (the same thing happened to Isis), the missing film now (presumably) lost forever, though they still exist through the bootleg recordings. (As for the DVD sets of shows currently available on Jackson Bostwick's website, since they are billed as having the "End Tags," I presume the episodes are taken from the old videos. If anybody knows exactly what these DVDs are sourced from, please drop me a line in the comments.)
|(DC Comics/Warner Home Video)|
Actually, the misleading packaging isn't a real concern to me: it's the discs themselves. I've read of how MOD discs sometimes have playback issues in certain DVD players, so this investment of mine brings with it the risk the discs won't work in either of my two players, which may mean getting a new one. (Holy moley!) Fortunately, I've been setting aside money for this Shazam! set, so I can afford to take this hit in my wallet, including (if need be) a new player. I'm optimistic I'll have no problems
Sometime in late September, be sure to tune into Cobweb TV! when the box set will be reviewed by yours truly, R.A.M.'67. I'm looking forward to it....
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