Uncle Marvel

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Real Name
Dudley H. Dudley
First Appearance
Wow Comics #18 (October, 1943)
Creators
Otto Binder, Marc Swayze
Team Affiliations
The Marvel Family
Aliases
Uncle Dudley
Base of Operations
Fawcett City
Powers
None
Skills and Abilities
A willingness to help out
Paraphernalia
None

Uncle Marvel is a superhero in the DC Universe and a member of the Marvel Family.

Origin[edit | edit source]

Dudley H. Dudley was a tricky con man who tried to con his way into the Marvel Family.  Despite his trickery, the Marvel Family recognized him as a good person and allowed him into their inner circle.

Biography[edit | edit source]

A con man and a fraud, Dudley Dudley attempted to con his way into the Marvel Family.  Seeing that for his mischief his was a good man, they allowed him in as their manager, occasionally using his wits to get them out of and into trouble. A second revamped version of Uncle Marvel was introduced in Jerry Ordway's Power of Shazam! graphic novel in 1994 and a resulting ongoing comic book series of the same name, rendering Thomas and Mandrake's version non-canonical. In Ordway's stories, Dudley H. Dudley is the janitor at Billy Batson's school, who looks out for the homeless boy and inadvertently learns that Billy is also the alter ego of Captain Marvel. This revelation leads Dudley to be involved in a number of Marvel Family adventures, including one story (The Power of Shazam! #11 and #12) in which Dudley temporarily gains superpowers (and the "Uncle Marvel" costume of the original version of the character) thanks to Ibis the Invincible. Dudley continued to appear in The Power of Shazam! for the duration of the series as a recurring supporting character, often paired with Tawky Tawny, an anthropomorphic tiger friend of Captain Marvel's who becomes Dudley's roommate.

In other media[edit | edit source]

  • A live-action Shazam! television series, which aired on CBS Saturday mornings from 1974 to 1976, featured Captain Marvel and his young alter-ego Billy Batson, accompanied by an old man known as Mentor. The Mentor character was loosely based upon Uncle Marvel, who in concurrent 1970s issues of the Shazam! comic book began sporting a mustache to resemble Les Tremayne, the actor who appeared as "Mentor" on the Shazam! TV show.
  • Uncle Marvel appeared alongside the rest of the Marvel Family in The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! voiced by Alan Oppenheimer.
  • Uncle Dudley appears in the Young Justice episodes "Alpha Male" and "Misplaced" voiced by Corey Burton. He is Billy Batson's guardian. Captain Marvel tells him about his adventures before reverting to Billy Batson and heading to bed. In "Misplaced", he makes a cameo where he worries about Billy's disappearance at the time when Klarion the Witch Boy, Blackbriar Thorn, Wotan, Felix Faust, and Wizard used a temporary reality spell that separated the children from the adults.
  • An evil, alternate version of Uncle Marvel appears as a villain in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. This version has a full set of Marvel Family superpowers. According to the credits, he is named Uncle Super and voiced by Bruce Timm. In reference to the Ibis storyline in which he really gained powers.
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