Marvel Family Hero
|Alter Ego:||Freddy Freeman|
|Base of Operations:||Fawcett City|
|Affiliations:||The Marvel Family|
|Pre-Crisis Affiliations:||The Marvel Family|
Crime Crusaders Club
Whiz Comics #25
[The Origin of Captain Marvel Jr.]
First Earth-S Appearance:
The World's Wickedest Plan
Last Cataloged Appearance:
History of the Multiverse - Chapter Five
Freddy is the only super-hero who can't say his own name. He shares this disability with the evil Ibac and the sinister Sabbac!
Freddy Freeman and Kid Eternity were revealed to be brothers in the Pre-Crisis DC Universe. Although Christopher "Kit" Freeman has appeared in the Post-Crisis DCU, it has not been established if they are still brothers.
Freddy Freeman was out fishing with this grandfather when they were both brutally attacked by the evil Captain Nazi
. Freddy's grandfather
was killed by Nazi and Freddy was crippled and left for dead. Captain Marvel
discovered the young boy, barely alive, and flew him to a hospital. The doctors and nurses told the mighty Captain that Freddy was crippled for life.
Taking pity on Freddy, Captain Marvel flew Freddy to Shazam
's throne room and begged the ancient wizard for help. Shazam told Marvel that although he couldn't repair Freddy's damaged body, Marvel could pass some of his powers onto Freddy. Captain Marvel agreed and when Freddy woke up and saw his hero, he whispered "Captain Marvel." In a burst of magic lightning Freddy was transformed into the World's Mightiest Boy... Captain Marvel, Jr.
Freddy made a living by running a corner newsstand. He also lived in a boarding house run by Mrs. Wagner
. Freddy became friendly with the other boarders including Officer Jim Bellows
and Red O'Reilly
. Billy and Mary Batson eventually became boarders there as well.
Freddy had many adventures as Captain Marvel, Jr. but was eventually trapped by the evil Dr. Sivana
in a sphere of Suspendium. This Suspendium trapped Captain Marvel Jr., his friends, and the evil Sivanas in suspended animation for twenty years!
After the Suspendium wore off, Freddy resumed his job selling newspapers and spent a bit of time with Prof. Edgewise
, a kindly old scientist whose inventions often got him in trouble.
In the newly-formed DC Universe, Freddy's origin was nearly the same. One of the big differences was that Captain Nazi had been in suspended animation since the war. In Nazi's newly revived state, he came across Freddy fishing with his grandfather and for the first time and like the Pre-Crisis meeting killed Freddy's grandfather and crippled Freddy. This time, however, both Captain and Mary Marvel
took Freddy to see Shazam. And with Shazam's blessing, Cap and Mary gave Freddy a portion of their power!
Freddy joined a new group of heroes who took on the name of the Teen Titans. This new group led by a de-aged Atom consisted of Risk
. Freddy was immediately attracted to the beautiful Argent but had a disasterous date with her when he failed to bring enough money to cover the night out.
Freddy briefly visited the Outsiders as he helped them battle a new version of his old nemesis, Sabbac
. This newer, more deadly version of Sabbac
caught Freddy off-guard but together with the Outsiders, he was able to foil the villain's plans!
A future version of Captain Marvel, sans the "Junior," was recently seen with the Teen Titans East. He was, unfortunately, defeated by a grown-up Tim Drake as Batman. Drake had secretly recorded Captain Marvel saying his magic word and was able to play it back during battle incapacitating the depowered Freddy!