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Meet The Real Shazam

By Aaron Tanner

· Shazam,Captain Marvel,Comic Books,Aspergers,Super Heroes

One of the things I've noticed with people on the Autism Spectrum, and even those who are Neurotypical, are into comic books and superheroes. My guess is comic books provide a concrete social story where the outcome is known whereas, in real life, the results of certain social situations are not always known ahead of time.

Those who follow this blog know that I am a freelance writer for Alabama Living. In this month's edition of the magazine, editor Lenore Vickrey interviewed the original actor who played the superhero Captain Marvel on Saturday mornings during the 1970s. Here is a link to the story.

Actor Jackson Bostwick would yell the words Shazam! On TV and was instantly transformed into Captain Marvel to fight crime (if that statement is not correct, please let me know in the comments). I did not realize that Bostwick grew up in Montgomery, Alabama, and was a pre-med student at the University of Alabama before moving to Los Angeles to study film at the University of Southern California.

In this question and answer article, Vickrey asks Bostwick about his time playing a favorite comic book superhero and his surprising thoughts on the latest Shazam! And Captain Marvel remakes that recently hit the big screen. Bostwick still makes regular appearances at comic-cons across the United States.

There may be differences between people with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism and Neurotypicals. However, one thing that can help bridge the gap is the love of comic books and superhero movies.

What are your thoughts about the latest Shazam! And Captain Marvel movies? Comment in the section below. Also, don't forget to check out my other blog posts on the Tennessee Valley Unite website.

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