11 October 2011

Onscreen History of Tawky Tawny

Tawky Tawny is one of the stranger characters in comics and his onscreen interpretations have been quite varied. Tawny the Tiger made his debut in Captain Marvel Adventures #79 in 1947. Although he began as a stuffed tiger doll, he was magically turned into an actual tiger to help the Marvel family. The tiger was later given an anthropomorphizing serum which allowed him to talk and wear suits.

Tawky Tawny's first onscreen appearances occured in 1981 as a supporting character in the Captain Marvel episodes of The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! In this characterization, Tawny was the suit wearing feline that we all know and love. 

 In 2010, Tawny played a sizable role in the DC Showcase Short, Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam. At first Tawney was portrayed as a friendly homeless man.

As the short progressed, he was revealed as a mystical tiger roaming the streets of Fawcett City. As a servant of the great Wizard Shazam, Tawny played a key role in the defeat of Black Adam.

The 2011 episode The Malicious Mr. Mind of Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode offered an homage to the Tawny's roots. In the episode, a non-talky stuffed tiger was shown enjoying a tea party with Mary Batson.

Later in 2011, Tawny appeared in the Young Justice episode Alpha Male. In the episode, this time an actual tiger (albeit a genetically tweaked tiger) aided to free a captured Captain Marvel. An enthused Marvel dubbed the ferocious feline Mr. Tawny.  Having now been portrayed as an actual tiger, stuffed tiger toy, mystical being, and a man-like tiger faced suit wearer, it makes you wonder what they will come up with next.

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