I didn’t start collecting comics until the late 1980’s, but I liked superheroes from an early age. In fact, some of my earliest memories of superheroes are of my cousin and I watching the live action “Shazam!” tv show on Saturday mornings.
I was a little kid then, so I had no idea the show I was watching was actually made in the mid 1970’s. Even if I’d known that I don’t think it would have mattered to me. The show was new to me, and that was all that I cared about. Plus, you know: superheroes!
Another thing I remember from back then was that the tv station would play “Shazam!” for a few weeks, and then switch over to the “The Secrets of Isis” tv show for a couple of weeks. I knew the shows were related because Shazam made a couple of appearances on Isis, but I didn’t get to see the shows back to back like kids in the 70’s did.
Why do I bring this up?
Because I wasn’t aware there was something called “The Shazam!/Isis Hour” until I listened to The Shazam/Isis Podcast hosted by John S. Drew and Richard F. Lee.
This podcast features two life long fans of the television shows discussing each episode in detail. John and Richard go through the episode’s plot, the guest stars, the moral of the story, and they even play audio clips from the show. There’s even some episodes featuring interviews with the stars of the shows, those are definitely worth listening too!
Over the last few week’s I’ve been making my way through all the great episodes John and Richard have put together. Some of my favorites Isis episodes so far include “Bigfoot,” “The Lights of Mystery Mountain,” and the Joanna Pang Atkins interview. For Shazam, some of my favorites are “Fool’s Gold,” “Double Trouble,” and “The Treasure.”
The Shazam/Isis Podcast has not only brought back a ton of Saturday morning memories, but it has also taught me a lot about two tv shows I loved as a kid. If you were ever a fan of either Shazam! or Isis, you should be listening to The Shazam/Isis Podcast.