One day, he was visited by Cap-Ton of the diminutive Troll race where two of his comrades had been captured by the circus of Jerome Barney who wanted them for his freak show section. Thus, the Troll requested the help of Freeman in his identity as Captain Marvel Junior. He arrived too late as the two captive Trolls were forced to sign a contract with the circus manager to be part of his acts. Captain Marvel Junior then disguised himself as a trapeze performer to infiltrate the circus where Barney who did recognise him was impressed with his performance. Thus, he intended to have him sign a contract at which point Captain Marvel Junior revealed his true identity and destroyed the contract thus freeing the Trolls from servitude. He next then helped thwart the scheme of Dr. Dunk who was using his Fourth Dimensional Forceps to extort a man whose fortune was trapped in the vault of the bank. Afterwards, Dunk then went on a crime spree where he used his creation to steal fortune from various people until he was ultimately captured by Captain Marvel Junior. (Captain Marvel, Jr. v1 #11)
Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
Frederick Christopher Freeman
Whilst at the New England fishing village, he came to have a foster brother in Timothy Karnes with the two being close friends. The bond between the two grew greater after Freddy's parents drowned in a storm. It was then that Freeman's grandfather arrived to take the boy in but the elderly man struggled to care for two children. As a result, Timothy left the happy idyllic adoptive family and was sent to a number of foster homes where he was abused regularly from each of them. The experience caused Karnes to feel abandoned and the one time friendship he had with Freddy turned to hatred. (Outsiders v3 #10)
He arrived to aid the Outsiders during their battle with Ishmael Gregor who now wielded the power of Sabbac. (Outsiders v3 #9)
After losing his powers, Freddy was forced to return to a normal life where he attempted to readjust with being powerless. During this time, he felt alone as Billy was not around and Mary was in hospital in a coma as she lost her powers whilst flying causing her to experience terrible injuries. Whilst at the hospital visiting her, he futilely called out the word 'Captain Marvel' knowing that nothing would happen but he was teleported to the Rock of Eternity. Once there, he learnt the true nature over his loss of his powers namely that the death of the wizard Shazam meant that his magic congregated into Billy Batson turning him into the new keeper of magic. Thus, Billy as Marvel was confined to hold the power in the Rock of Eternity and asked for Freddy to be his champion as Shazam. To become the new champion, he had to undergo a number of mystical trials to be worthy of the gods of magic in bestowing their power to him. (Trials of Shazam v1 #2)
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events. The blonde haired Freddy Freeman’s parents were noted for being criminals that went to prison. This led to him going into foster care where he was adopted by the Vasquez family in Philadelphia. He was their first adopted child and later met Mary who was similarly adopted by the family. At first, the two foster siblings did not speak to one another with Freddy simply observing Mary. He came to note that she followed the rules but felt there was nothing interesting about her. This was until one day they visited the local pet shop that they regularly visited and noted that Mary had come attached to a rabbit there. The rabbit was set to be sold to Dr. Sivana for his experiments with Freddy deciding to trigger the fire alarm in secret and allowed the animals loose. This distracted the owners of the shop allowing Mary to take the rabbit for herself which was adopted as the family pet with this act cementing her and Freddy into being close friends. (Shazam! v3 #1)
Personality and attributes
When he was young, he had a foster brother in Timothy Karnes with the two being close to one another and cared for each other. However, after Karnes was forced to go to various foster homes and was abused he came to feel abandoned with him developing a hatred for Freddy Freeman. Freddy came to consider Timothy a bad person by the time he grew up but acknowledged that he was once kind and good. It was for this reason that when Karnes was murdered by Ishmael Gregor that he wanted to avenge him by bringing his killer to justice. (Outsiders v3 #10)
Powers and abilities
- Freddy Freeman as Captain Marvel Junior was created by France Herron and Mac Raboy where he made his first appearance in Whiz Comics v1 #25 (December, 1941).
- In Kingdom Come v1 #2 (1996), an alternate version of Freeman was shown where he took the name of King Marvel who resided in the Multiverse on Earth-22. This version had married Mary Batson who was known as Queen Marvel with the pair having a son who inherited the magic of Shazam and became the young superhero called the Whiz.
In other media
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Freddy Freeman as Captain Marvel Junior appeared in the animated television series in the episode "The Malicious Mr. Mind!" where he was voiced by actor John DeVito.
- In Justice League: War, Freddy Freeman made a brief appearance in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Georgie Kidder.
- In Shazam!, Freddy Freeman appeared in the live-action film set in the DC Extended universe where he was portrayed by actor Jack Dylan Grazer whilst his superpowered Captain Marvel, Jr. form was portrayed by actor Adam Brody.
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