originally published by Fawcett Comics
and later by
. Captain Marvel, Jr.
first appeared in Whiz Comics #24
Freddy Freeman was orphaned at a young age. He and his brother
Kit were split when the grandparents on both sides of the family each
decided to care for one of the boys. Freddy was taken by his maternal
grandfather and raised.
One day while out on a row boat, Freddy and his grandfather saw a
costumed figure plunge from the sky into the water. The two sought
to aid the figure, not realizing that the person in question was the
villain Captain Nazi. Nazi had been attempting to disable an
experimental jet that was being tested by the U.S. government, but
was opposed by Captain Marvel. When Freddy's grandfather attempted to help Nazi from the water, Nazi
killed him with a single blow. Taking a page from the Red Bee Book
of Attacking More Powerful Foes, Freddy began to attack Nazi with one of
the boat's oars, but with predictable results. Nazi defeated Freddy
easily and left him in the water to die.
And die Freddy would have if not for the timely intervention of Captain
Marvel. Seeing Freddy's inert body in the water, Marvel rescued the boy
and took him to a nearby hospital. After being examining Freddy, the
doctors told Captain Marvel that the boy would not survive the night.
Feeling responsible for his injuries, Marvel decided to try and save the
Transforming back into his alterego of Billy Batson, Marvel took
Freddy and left the hospital. Batson then traveled back to the
underground railway tunnel where he first met the wizard Shazam and
gained his extraordinary powers. Upon finding the chamber, Batson
summoned Shazam and asked if the boy could be saved. Shazam told him
that by transfering a bit of his power to the boy, Freddy's life could be
saved. Batson transformed back into Captain Marvel and the sound of the
mystic lightning and thunder awoke the dying Freddy. Freddy said his
hero's name and was given amazing powers similar to Captain Marvel's. Now,
when Freddy Freeman says the name "Captain Marvel," he is transformed into
his new identity. While in his form as Freddy, he is crippled in one leg
from the injuries sustained at the hands of Captain Nazi.
Taking the name Captain Marvel, Jr., Freddy became a member of the
Marvel Family. He often times opposed Captain Nazi and defeated him on
a number of occasions. Captain Marvel, Jr. was trapped with the rest of
the Marvel Family in a globe of Suspendium by Doctor Sivana for 20 years,
but they were all revived after the globe went to close to the sun and
began to melt.
Because the mystic words that must be spoken by Freddy to become
Captain Marvel, Jr. are also the first two words of his name, he is
the only hero is unable to say his own name.