The above Captain Marvel origin story was published in Fawcett Publication's Whiz Comics Volume 1, Number 2 in February 1940. Billy Batson, as depicted above, was met by a phantom-like stranger and of his own accord traveled via a mysterious subway to a deep underground cavern ornately carved with the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man: Pride, Envy, Greed, Hatred, Selfishness, Laziness, and Injustice. All seven Enemies are the antithesis to any number of general codes of conduct attributable toward the overall uplifting of man. For me specifically, as a young boy growing up, they were applicable to the Cowboy Code of the West --- that is to say, combating or eliminating one, any, or all by promoting their opposite as a way of life would formulate the basis encompassing the precepts of the variations found in the majority of the Codes. See:
THE COWBOY CODE OF THE WEST
Below are pictures of three gurus, who, in their own respective worlds would be or were/are considered to be major teachers of sort. The picture on the far left is what the writer Bill Parker and artist C. C. Beck that wrote and drew the Captain Marvel respectively thought Billy Batson's ancient, wise, and mysterious wizard Zhazam should look like. Older, white beard, white robe, aquiline-like nose. In the middle picture the person depicted on the left is the Hollywood version of what the venerated Indian holy man in the William Somerset Maugham novel The Razor's Edge was conceived to look like --- and how he was presented to the movie-going audience in the black and white 1946 movie based on the Maugham novel. Again, older, white beard, white robe, aquiline-like nose. The picture on the far right is what the in-real-life venerated Indian holy man the movie version is based on actually looked like, the Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
ZHAZAM-----THE RAZOR'S EDGE-----SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI
Fictional or real life, all three played major roles in my life. Now, in real life I was fairly young when the Captain Marvel Origin Story presented above first came out in 1940 and I have no strong remembrance of it specifically one way or the other. However, his origin was fairly clear all through and up to 1953 when Captain Marvel ceased publication. As for myself, if I hadn't actually seen his origin story specifically, as a fan growing up I was quite familiar with the story as it was often interjected or repeated in one version or the other over the years. Below are two semi-comprehensive cut-to-the-quick one-page origin stories that appeared at one time or the other since the original 1940 multi-page version above was first published:
I was a very young boy when my mother died. Prior to her death I was placed with a foster couple that took me to India. The early leg work for going to India was put into place long before I ever entered kindergarten, primarily because, even then, my mother's health began to deteriorate --- eventually reaching a point that she was unable to care for herself let alone my two brothers and me. Out of pure necessity my father began placing the three of us kids under the care of others. First as needed using day-by-day babysitters, then overnight with grandparents or neighbors, then for whole weekends. One day a couple who happened to be visiting neighbors suggested having one of us boys come live with them until things improved. My father agreed and for whatever reason they selected me. No sooner had I moved in and started a new school than the couple took me, without my father's consent, to India, not returning until sometime around the start of summer --- in the process missing the whole last half of the school year.
Two things are of concern here. One, when I went to India I met and stayed at the ashram of the venerated Indian holy man, the Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, so mentioned and did so with some rather startling results. And secondly the man depicted with the holy man in the middle picture above is an actor by the name of Tyrone Power who played a man in the movie called Lawrence Darrell. Although not his real name, like the holy man, the Darrell character was based on a real life person. Several years after I was at the ashram, while in high school, I met the real life person in real life myself. In turn he became my Mentor in things spiritual and guided me through various stages of my life, the most important of which can be found in the following:
THE CODE MAKER, THE ZEN MAKER
SHANGRI-LA, SHAMBHALA, GYANGANJ, BUDDHISM AND ZEN
THE WANDERLING, BEGGARMAN, THIEF
THE GREEN LAMA
THE BLACK CONDOR: THE MAN WHO COULD FLY LIKE A BIRD
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT: THE CODE-O-GRAPHS
HIS HISTORY AND EVOLUTION
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THE BEST OF THE MAUGHAM BIOGRAPHIES:
SPIRITUAL GUIDES, GURUS, AND TEACHERS INFLUENTIAL IN DARRELL'S LIFE OTHER THAN THE MAHARSHI: