ST. CHARLES – Growing up in Alabama, Jackson Bostwick loved reading comic books and his favorite character was Captain Marvel.
As fate would have it, Bostwick would go on to portray the superhero in the 1970s children’s television series “Shazam!”
Bostwick is one of the guests who will appear at the Cosmic Comic Con & Toy Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 5 at Pheasant Run Resort’s St. Charles Ballroom, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.
Tickets cost $6 and can be purchased at cosmiccomiccon.com. The tickets are good for both days of the convention.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Bostwick about the upcoming convention. The interview has been edited for length and style.
Eric Schelkopf: Great talking to you. I understand you did your own stunts on the show.
Jackson Bostwick: The producer of the show said to me, ‘God, you can even fly without wires.’ I was doing judo and kickboxing and stuff like that.
I was pretty much able to do everything on the show. The only thing I didn’t do was wrestle with a lion. I’m crazy, but I’m not stupid.
Schelkopf: How did you get the part of Captain Marvel?
Bostwick: I met with the producer, Bob Chenault. He had already thought I would be the one because of my smile and my voice and what I could do.
Schelkopf: And you beat out Mark Harmon for the role, right?
Bostwick: He had just graduated from UCLA as their star quarterback. I hope everything worked out for Mark.
Schelkopf: Captain Marvel was one of your heroes growing up I understand.
Bostwick: He was, along with Tarzan and the Lone Ranger.
Schelkopf: What did you like the best about being on the show?
Bostwick: First of all, to be able to reach the kids. Clayton Moore, who was a good friend of mine and who played the Lone Ranger, was somebody I looked up to growing up.
I never preached or talked down to the kids. I wanted to give them the same type of a hero to look up to that I had when I was growing up.
To do that and to be able to play the hero that I grew up with was great. And it was a fun show to do.
Schelkopf: Of course, ‘Shazam!’ has been remastered in high definition and is out on Blu-ray.
Bostwick: They absolutely did a spectacular job. They found the complete show and they are showing it like it was originally screened.
It pops in high definition. It’s just beautiful.
Schelkopf: When you go to these conventions, are you surprised about the impact that you’ve made? I saw a picture of you with a guy who was dressed as Captain Marvel.
Bostwick: I’m happy about it. I’m not really surprised, because it was the number one show on Saturday mornings. I couldn’t go anywhere without being recognized. We had better Nielsen ratings than ‘I Love Lucy.’