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Encyclopedia > Shazam (comics)
Shazam

The wizard Shazam in a portion of a panel from Action Comics #826 (June 2005), art by Ian Churchill.
Publisher Fawcett Comics (1939–1953)
DC Comics (1972–present)
First appearance Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940)
Created by C. C. Beck
Bill Parker
Characteristics
Notable aliases The Champion, Jebediah O' Keenan
Team affiliations Marvel Family
Squadron of Justice
The Quintessence
Abilities Magically bestowed superhuman strength, speed, stamina and courage.
Invulnerability
Nigh-omnipotent mastery of magic and mysticism.
Omnipresent and omniscient
Telepathy

Shazam is a comic book character created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. He is an ancient wizard (Whiz Comics #2 gives his age as 3,000 years) who gives young Billy Batson the power to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel. Because DC Comics has billed Captain Marvel's adventures under the name Shazam! since 1973, the superhero is often mistakenly referred to by his mentor's name. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Shazam. ... Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, the companys most popular character. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Whiz Comics was a monthly ongoing comic book anthology series, which was published by Fawcett Comics from February 1940 to June 1952. ... Clarence Charles Beck, (July 9, 1910_November 22, 1989), was an American cartoonist. ... Bill Parker was an American comic book writer. ... The Marvel Family is a group of fictional characters, a team of superheroes in the Fawcett Comics and DC Comics universes. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Bill Parker was an American comic book writer. ... Clarence Charles Beck, (July 9, 1910_November 22, 1989), was an American cartoonist. ... Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, the companys most popular character. ... The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman: a magician makes his garden bear fruit and flowers in winter A magician, or wizard or sorcerer or several other possible names (see Names and terminology), is someone who uses or practices magic. ... Whiz Comics was a monthly ongoing comic book anthology series, which was published by Fawcett Comics from February 1940 to June 1952. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...

Contents

Fictional character biography

Creating Captain Marvel

Shazam informs Billy that he has been using his powers for many centuries to fight the forces of evil, but that he is now old and not long for this world. He therefore passes along part of his power to Billy, who shouts his name — "SHAZAM!" — to transform into Captain Marvel. Although Shazam is killed—as prophesied—by a giant granite block falling upon him, Billy/Marvel can summon the ghost of Shazam for guidance by lighting a special brazier (a torch like apparatus) in Shazam's lair, the Rock of Eternity. More superheroes soon joined Marvel in carrying on the legacy of Shazam, including Marvel Family members Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr. and the Lieutenant Marvels. For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... Look up brazier in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Marvel Family is a group of fictional characters, a team of superheroes in the Fawcett Comics and DC Comics universes. ... Mary Marvel is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ... CM3 redirects here. ... The Lieutenant Marvels were a group of fictional characters, a team of superheroes in the Fawcett Comics and DC Comics universes. ...


Origin

When Billy first meets him, Shazam tells Billy that his name is an acronym for six Greco-Roman deities and heroes, and Judeo-Christian prophets. These deities empower him with certain attributes: Look up acronym, initialism, alphabetism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

In a story written by E. Nelson Bridwell for World's Finest Comics #262 (cover date April/May 1980) Shazam's origins are further explored. This gave him a back-story in which he was a young shepherd who becomes the Champion, one of the world's first superheroes in ancient Canaan over 5,000 years ago, by speaking the magic word "VLAREM!". Vlarem (an anagram of "Marvel") represented the following fictional gods who granted him power: This article is about the Biblical figure. ... For other uses, see Hercules (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, Atlas was one of the primordial Titans. ... For other uses, see Zeus (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Achilles (disambiguation). ... A sculpture of the Roman god Mercury by 17th-century Flemish artist Artus Quellinus. ... E. Nelson Bridwell was a writer for Mad magazine and for DC Comics. ... Shepherd in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania. ... Map of Canaan For other uses, see Canaan (disambiguation). ...

V for the strength of Voldar The Champion has incredible amounts of super strength, and is able to easily bend steel, punch through walls and lift massive objects.
L for the wisdom of Lumian As the Champion, Shazam has instant access to a vast amount of scholarly knowledge.
A for the speed of Arel By channeling Arel's speed, the Champion can fly and move at great speeds.
R for the power of Ribalvei Ribalvei's power, besides fueling the magic thunderbolt that transformed the Champion, also enhances the Champion's other physical and mental abilities, provides physical invulnerability and grants magic resistance against most magic spells and attacks as well as allowing for interdimensional travel.
E for the courage of Elbiam Like wisdom, this aspect is primarily psychological and gives the Champion superhuman amounts of inner strength on which to draw.
M for the stamina of Marzosh Using Marzosh's endurance, the Champion can withstand and survive most types of extreme physical assaults. Additionally, he does not need to eat, sleep, or breathe and can survive unaided in space when in his Champion form.

At one point, the Champion is seduced by a demoness disguised as a beautiful woman, and the two of them conceive two half-demon offspring, Blaze and Satanus, much to the displeasure of the gods. The Champion later creates the Rock of Eternity from two large rock formations — one from Heaven and one from Hell — to hold the "Three Faces of Evil", a dragon-like demon, captive. “Fiend” redirects here. ... Blaze and Satanus are demonic supervillain siblings in the DC Comics Universe. ... For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ... This article is about the theological or philosophical afterlife. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Dragon. ...


Many centuries later, the Champion, now going by the name of Shazam, feels the need to pass along his powers to a successor. He selects the pharaoh's son Teth-Adam to receive the power to become the super-powered Mighty-Adam by speaking the word "SHAZAM!" Black Adam draws his energies from: For other uses, see Pharaoh (disambiguation). ...

As her mother did, Shazam's daughter Blaze takes on the form of a beautiful woman and seduces Adam, convincing him to kill the pharaoh and take over the kingdom. An angry Shazam draws Mighty-Adam's powers out of him and into a large jeweled scarab, thereby killing Adam. A wicked re-incarnation of Teth-Adam named Theo Adam would steal the scarab many centuries later, and use the power of Shazam to become Black Adam. In Egyptian mythology, Shu (meaning dryness and he who rises up) is one of the primordial gods, a personification of air, one of the Ennead of Heliopolis. ... Ihy redirects here. ... For other uses, see Amun (disambiguation). ... Thoth (Ramesseum, Luxor) Thoth (his Greek name derived from the Egyptian *, written by Egyptians as ) was considered one of the most important deities of the Egyptian pantheon, often depicted with the head of an ibis. ... [1] Aten (or Aton) was the disk of the sun in ancient Egyptian mythology, and originally an aspect of Ra. ... In Ancient Egypt, Mehen is both what appears to be a mythological character, and a board game. ... A dung beetle, with a shovel-like head, rolling a dung ball with its hindlegs. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains at different times. ...


Millennia later, the wizard resurfaces as an aide on the 1940 Malcolm Expedition, one of many archaeological expeditions into the tombs and pyramids of ancient Egypt. The sarcophagi of Ibis the Invincible and his mate Princess Taia are uncovered and brought to the United States. Shazam keeps an eye on the sarcophagi and, once they are on display at the Fawcett City Museum, uses ancient spells to resurrect Ibis. Ibis then joins Bulletman, Spy Smasher, Minute-Man and others to fight evil during the World War II era. In 1955, a thug knocks Shazam across the head with a crowbar and causes him to lose his memory. Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For referencing in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Citing sources. ... The Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses, at the National Etruscan Museum. ... Ibis the Invincible is a fictional character, a comic book superhero originally published by Fawcett Comics in the 1940s and then by DC Comics beginning in the 1970s. ... Fawcett City is a fictional city, and the home of DC Comics Captain Marvel. ... The Palais du Louvre in Paris, which houses the Musée du Louvre, one of the worlds most famous museums, and most certainly the largest. ... Bulletman was a Fawcett Comics superhero created by Bill Parker and Jon Smalle for Nickel Comics #1 in May, 1940. ... Spy Smasher (real name Alan Armstrong) is a DC Comics superhero, formerly owned by Fawcett Comics. ... The word Minuteman usually has one of the following meanings, depending on context: the Minutemen of the American Revolutionary War (the origin of the term) the LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile the Minuteman pocket calculator by Commodore Business Machines the Minuteman Project (volunteer American citizens patrolling the US/Mexican... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... A crowbar A crowbar, also called a pry bar or prybar, or more informally known as a jimmy, jimmy bar or jemmy (British Isles), is a tool consisting of a metal bar with a single curved end and flattened points, often with a small fissure on the curved end for...


A clueless Shazam wanders around Fawcett for the next 40 years until C.C. Batson, a young man Shazam had met on the Malcolm Expedition, recognizes the old man and brings him to the museum to restore his memory. Shazam feels that he has truly found his successor in the upstanding Batson, but before he can act on this, a possessed Theo Adam murders Batson and his wife Marilyn. He therefore decides to enlist C.C. Batson's young son, Billy, as the successor to his power.


Day of Vengeance

In Superman #216, Shazam calls upon the Spectre to free Superman from being controlled by the demon Eclipso. This action breaks a covenant between Eclipso and the Spectre, and sets Eclipso permanently at odds with the wizard. Possessing the body of Jean Loring, the Atom's ex-wife, Eclipso corrupts the confused Spectre into joining forces with her, and begins a war against all magic-powered beings in the DC Universe. Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Jean Loring is a fictional character from DC Comics associated with The Atom. ... The Atom is a DC Comics superhero, introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961). ...

Portion of a panel from The Trials of Shazam #2 (November 2006) featuring Marvel. Art by Howard Porter.
Portion of a panel from The Trials of Shazam #2 (November 2006) featuring Marvel. Art by Howard Porter.

Because of his previous action, Shazam is one of the duo's primary targets. In the Day of Vengeance miniseries, Shazam enlists Captain Marvel to keep the Spectre at bay, while the wizard gathers all of his power to battle him. With the assistance of the newly formed Shadowpact, a band of magic-based heroes, Captain Marvel fights the Spectre nearly to a standstill, but the Spectre escapes and makes his way to the Rock of Eternity to confront Shazam directly. The Spectre overpowers the wizard, absorbs his magics, and kills him. As a result, the Rock of Eternity disintegrates above Gotham City into "a billion pieces" and explodes, freeing the Seven Deadly Sins and sending a de-powered Billy Batson falling into the city. Image File history File links Marvel_White_Costume2. ... Image File history File links Marvel_White_Costume2. ... The cover to The Flash #225, artwork by Howard Porter and John Livesay. ... Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... The Shadowpact is a group of magic-based heroes who fought against the Spectre in the 2005 limited series Day of Vengeance, published by DC Comics. ...


In Infinite Crisis #1, Billy finds he is still able to transform into the Captain before he strikes the ground by saying the wizard's name as usual. It is also revealed that the entire affair was orchestrated by Alexander Luthor and the Psycho-Pirate to reduce magic to its raw form, enabling him to harness it through one of Shazam's champions (namely Black Adam) to fuel his tower. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Alexander Luthor, Jr. ... The Psycho-Pirate was the name of two DC comics supervillains. ...


In Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special, it is revealed that the Shadowpact teams up with the majority of the DCU's surviving magical characters to rebuild the Rock of Eternity and reseal the Seven Deadly Sins. The final piece of the reconstruction, revealed by Zatanna, is that a new wizard has to be appointed to guard the Rock. Billy, as the only real candidate, is chosen to succeed Shazam as the Rock's new caretaker. Zatanna Zatara is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


In the comic series 52, Captain Marvel is revealed to be currently headquartered at the Rock of Eternity, acting in Shazam's stead. 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ...


The Trials of Shazam!

A year after the events of Infinite Crisis, the miniseries The Trials of Shazam! features Captain Marvel, now with a white costume and long white hair, taking over the role of the wizard Shazam under the name Marvel while a powerless Freddy Freeman attempts to prove himself worthy to take on the powers of Shazam. One Year Later event logo. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... CM3 redirects here. ...


Notes

This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Clarence Charles Beck, (July 9, 1910_November 22, 1989), was an American cartoonist. ... Bill Parker was an American comic book writer. ... The Marvel Family is a group of fictional characters, a team of superheroes in the Fawcett Comics and DC Comics universes. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Mary Marvel is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ... CM3 redirects here. ... The Lieutenant Marvels were a group of fictional characters, a team of superheroes in the Fawcett Comics and DC Comics universes. ... Hoppy the Marvel Bunny is a fictional comic book superhero and funny animal originally published by Fawcett Comics as a spin-off of Captain Marvel. ... Prominent members of the Monster Society of Evil, which at various times included many of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Familys enemies. ... Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana is a fictional comic book supervillain. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains at different times. ... Mister Mind is a fictional supervillain created by Fawcett Comics, now owned and published by DC Comics. ... Captain Nazi is a Fawcett Comics and DC Comics supervillain, a rival of Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. ... Although rarely called by its name, IBAC is the method of placing digital TV stations on channels in the existing analog TV bands. ... Mister Atom is a fictional comic book supervillian, a radioactive robot who is regularly seen as an enemy of Captain Marvel. ... Sabbac is the name of two comic book supervillains appearing in Fawcett Comics and/or DC Comics. ... Blaze and Satanus are demonic supervillain siblings in the DC Comics Universe. ... Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, the companys most popular character. ... Fawcett Publications was an American publishing company founded in 1919 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota by Wilford Hamilton Captain Billy Fawcett (1883-1940). ... Whiz Comics was a monthly ongoing comic book anthology series, which was published by Fawcett Comics from February 1940 to June 1952. ... Master Comics was a monthly ongoing comic book anthology series, which was published by Fawcett Comics from March 1940 to April 1953. ... Wow Comics was a monthly ongoing comic book anthology series, which was published by Fawcett Comics from winter 1940 to March 1952. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Jerry Ordway. ... Fawcett City is a fictional city, and the home of DC Comics Captain Marvel. ... Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941) is a twelve-chapter film serial directed by John English and William Witney for Republic Pictures, adapted from the popular Captain Marvel comic book character then appearing in Fawcett Comics publications. ... Jackson Bostwick as Captain Marvel in the Shazam! television show. ... The Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam! was a NBC Saturday morning cartoon produced by Filmation Studios in 1981. ... Barbara Joyce as the Huntress from Legends of the Superheroes. ... Isis is a DC Comics superhero, the main character of The Secrets of Isis, a live-action American Saturday Morning television program that served as the second half of The Shazam!/Isis Hour. ... Holdings Fawcett Publications Captain Marvel comic strips proven to have plagiarized those of National Comics Superman character. ...

External links

  • Marvel Family Web entry on the wizard Shazam

 
 

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