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Context

SHAZAM was a live action TV show made in the mid 1970s. We have an entire profile about this version of Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), because we’re just that cool.

This writeup is a companion profile for Billy’s friend – Mentor, played by Les Tremayne. It assumes that you’ve already read Billy’s profile.

As his name implies, Mentor provided adult supervision for young Billy, and helped deliver each episode’s Valuable Moral Lesson.

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Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’10½” (1.79m). Weight: 190 lbs. (86 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Brown. Hair: White.

Powers & Abilities

Mentor is a competent motorhome driver and expert archer.

He could easily have further, undemonstrated skills.

Captain Marvel Shazam live action 1970s series - Les Tremayne as Mentor

History

Mentor began driving Billy Batson while the youth was on a sabattical from his radio reporting job.

Billy and Mentor sought out people in parts of America that would otherwise never meet a super-hero, but need Captain Marvel’s help, and sometimes that of Isis.

Mentor was as much a voice of reason to Billy as Billy and Captain Marvel were to the people they met. Which were mostly people in their early teens to mid twenties.

Description

Mentor is a moderately athletic man in his sixties. He has short hair, a lightly wrinkled face and a thin moustache.

Personality

Mentor is a voice of conventional wisdom for the already reasonable Billy Batson. And to anyone else they encounter.

Billy Batson (Michael Gray) and Mentor (Les Tremayne) (1970s Shazam live action series)

Quotes

Billy: “What did Achilles mean when he said: ‘This above all: to thine own self be true   ?’”
Mentor: “He meant that our first responsibility is to be honest with ourselves.”

DC Universe Adaptation

(This section proposes ways of using this character in DC Universe stories).

Billy and Mentor could meet Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) back when they were on their similar quest/road trip.

The TV show’s Mentor had the same general niche as the comics’ Uncle Dudley, though physically he’s closer to the Wizard.

DC Heroes RPG

Mentor

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 02
Int: 06 Wil: 05 Min: 04
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 03
Init: 011 HP: 010

Skills:

Medicine (First Aid): 05, Vehicles (Land): 03, Weaponry (Missile): 07

Advantages:

Confined Headquarters (Motorhome).

Connections:

SHAZAM Elders (Low).

Motivation:

Responsibility of Power.

Occupation:

Mentor.

Wealth:

010

Equipment:

  • Marvel Motorhome [Str 08 Body 09, Running: 07, R#: 3].
  • Eterniphone [BODY 01, Radio Communication: 10, Bonus: Radio Communication allows contact with the Elders].

Writeups.org writer avatar Sébastien Andrivet

By Robert Marcum.

Source of Character: Shazam (1974 TV series).

Helper(s): Adam Fuqua.

Writeup completed on the 1st of November, 2020.