Big Red Cheese
Earth's Mightiest Mortal
|William "Billy" Batson|
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
Fawcett City, Indiana
Note: Named for the original publisher of Whiz Comics in the 1940's, Fawcett Publishing.
Shazam's Squadron of Justice
|Base of Operations|
|Fawcett City, Indiana|
Billy Batson: 5' 6"
Captain Marvel: 6' 3"
Billy Batson: 125 lbs.
Captain Marvel: 250 lbs.
Normal human transformed by speaking a magical word which causes a mystical transformation enabling superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability, supersonic flight and an ability to summon thunder and lightning. Impervious to magic.
The powers of the mystical word SHAZAM! are an acronym for the:
The Powers of SHAZAM are reduced exponentially when shared with other members of the Marvel Family.
Rock of Eternity: Mystical mountain at the edge of space and time composed of the element Eternium that enables the powers of the Marvel Family.
SHAZAM!: Mystical word enabling superhuman abilities.
IBAC the Cursed
America's Greatest Comics Vol. 1
Captain Marvel Adventures Vol. 1
Power of SHAZAM! Vol. 1
SHAZAM! Vol. 1
JSA Vol. 1
Justice League America Vol. 1
Marvel Family Vol. 1
Whiz Comics Vol. 1
Whiz Comics Vol. 1 (Feb. 1940)
Note #1: The first issue of Whiz Comics is marked #2 inside. In fact the first four issues of this title are mis-numbered.
Note #2: Whiz Comics publisher Fawcett Publications was sued in 1940 by National Periodicals (DC Comics), which claimed Captain Marvel infringed upon their copyright for the character Superman. The trials and appeals lasted over 12 years. Due to the comics market downturn and public sentiment against comics, Fawcett Publications ceased publishing comics in 1953. Soon after canceling its comics publishing division, Fawcett settled with DC Comics. Fawcett agreed to cease publishing Captain Marvel and sold their remaining characters to Charlton Comics. Decades later DC Comics would lease and eventually purchase the rights to Captain Marvel in 1980. Eventually DC would also acquire the other Fawcett characters when it purchased Charlton Comics.
|Bill Parker, Ralph Daigh & Charles Clarence Beck|
Billy Batson, an orphaned and homeless newspaper boy, follows at the behest of a mysterious cloaked stranger into the very subways he sleeps for warmth. The stranger takes Billy to the wizard SHAZAM. The wizard entrust Billy with the task of battling the "Seven Deadly Enemies of Man": pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice. To become the world mightiest mortal and call upon the power of Captain Marvel, Billy only need say the wizards name SHAZAM!
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