Elvis was obsessed with comics and this particular superhero
Elvis Presley, one of the biggest names of the 20th century, was an avid comic book reader. He was even deeply inspired by one superhero in particular.
Comic books became popular in the early 1940s, according to Nerdist. This is also when the Captain Marvel Jr. character was introduced.
He is an alter-ego of Freddy Freeman, a disabled boy saved by Captain Marvel, who shares his powers with the young man. The character is also set to appear in the upcoming “Shazam!” film.
The Captain Marvel Jr. comics were set from 1942 to 1953, with more real-world stories depicting the working class.
Presley was an avid reader of these printed pages. In the recent biopic “Elvis,” the singer, played by Austin Butler, is seen reading the pages while wearing overalls with a lightning bolt on them.
“When I was a kid, I read comics and I was the comic book hero. I saw movies and I was the movie hero. So every dream I ever dreamed came true. is realized a hundred times,” Presley said in a speech in 1971, according to ScreenRant.
His personal comic book collection is still kept at his home in Graceland, but it doesn’t stop there.
Presley also had a look similar to Captain Marvel Jr., including his jet black hair with an exaggerated front curl (his hair was naturally brown), as well as his flashy jumpsuits and vibrant patterns with a mini cape.
If Presley and his designer Bill Belew have never confirmed their source of inspiration, they have not denied it either.
But the link between the two was established. In a case of life imitating art, in the 1996 issue of the limited series comic “Kingdom Come”, Freddy Freeman was drawn as King Marvel, wearing a jumpsuit with bell bottom boots and a style similar to that of Elvis.