Do you want to know more about the superhero universe? Are you tired of the Marvel superheroes and want to know more about the DC universe?
The DC universe may not be doing as well with their movies, but its comic books and TV shows grab people’s attention.
The comic book superhero I’m talking about is the original Captain Marvel in the DC Universe. His name is Shazam! He’s another version of Superman but his powers are magical.
William “Billy” Batson is a 14-year-old boy who got his superpowers from an ancient wizard named Shazam. For Batson to become this magical superhero, all he has to say is “Shazam!” and he becomes an adult superhero who possess the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. Shazam is an acronym of the gods from which his powers are derived.
I highly recommend the new film “Shazam!” It may not be a Marvel Studios film, but it is a good DC film. A true comic book fan would be interested in both DC and Marvel.
In 1939, Fawcett comic book writer Bill Parker created the character Captain Marvel in response to DC’s Superman. Captain Marvel was illustrated by comic book artist C.C. Beck. He made his first comic book appearance in the Whiz Comics #2 (1940), which was published by Fawcett Comics. The Captain Marvel Adventures comic books were so popular they hit 1.3 million in sales each month.
In 1941, National Comics Publication, which later became DC Comics, sued Fawcett Comics and Republic Pictures for copyright infringement. After a seven-year legal process, the National Comics Publication vs. Fawcett Publications case went to trial in 1948.
The judge ruled DC’s Captain Marvel was a copyright infringement. In 1952, another count ruled the superhero character was not infringement, but that the stories about him could be an infringement. In 1954, Fawcett Comics lost the case and was forced to discontinue publication involving the superhero Captain Marvel.
In 1972, DC Comics decided to buy and relicense Fawcett Comics to continue the Captain Marvel project. During that time period, DC Comics were forced to change the Captain Marvel name to Shazam because Marvel Comics created their own superhero, Captain Marvel. The Marvel superhero had the secret identity of the alien Kree and was named Mar-Vell.
Now we get to the fun part of learning about Shazam’s background. Captain Marvel was originally created as a supernatural character with a mystical source instead of the sci-fi origins of Superman. Specifically, Captain Marvel is a human and not an alien like Superman.
Captain Marvel’s secret identity is that of a young, spoiled brat; a homeless kid named William “Billy” Batson. He lives in New York City. In his origin story, a man in a green cloak asked Batson to follow him into a subway station.
While he was on the train, he fell asleep, and the train escorted him to a magical underground throne called the Rock of Eternity which was inhabited by Wizard Shazam. He was chosen by a wizard named Shazam who believed Batson was the perfect match to possess his superpowers and protect Earth from dangerous magical enemies such as Dr. Sivana, Mister Mind and Black Adam.
Black Adam is Captain Marvel’s arch nemesis because in his origin story, he was the protégé of Shazam in Egyptian times and went rogue.
Black Adam used the superpowers of Shazam for evil and destruction. Black Adam possess the strength of Shu, the swiftness of Heru, the power of Amon, the wisdom of Zehuti, the power of Aton, and the courage of Mehen.
Shazam became so popular that he got his own superhero team called the Marvel family but their nickname is the Shazam family. They all have the same superpowers. Black Adam has his own family too and they were known as the Black Marvel family. There is a lot of interesting comic book characters in DC.