Black Adam ( Teth / Theo-Adam ) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics . Created by Otto Binder and CC Beck , the character is one of the archenemies of the superhero Captain Marvel and the nemesis of the Marvel Family . Black Adam first appeared as a villain once for the first issue comic Family Marvel of Fawcett Comics (December 1945 ). However, Black Adam was revived as a recurring character after DC Comics, first licensed and then acquired the Fawcett characters and began publishing Shazam / formerly Captain Marvel Family stories under the title Shazam! in the 70s.

As originally described, Black Adam was a corrupt Ancient Egyptian predecessor to Captain Marvel, working his way into modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates. However, since the beginning of the XXI century , writers of DC Comics , Jerry Ordway , Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer have redefined Black Adam as an antihero corrupt trying to clear his name and reputation. Featured roles in comic series such as Justice Society of America (JSA), Villains United , Infinite Crisis and 52 have raised the character’s prominence in the DC Universe .

 

The canonical version of Black Adam appeared only once during Fawcett’s initial publication of the Captain Marvel comics. In The Marvel Family # 1, Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian named Teth-Adam (meaning “Mighty Human”), who is chosen by the wizard Shazam to be his successor due to his alleged moral purity. This story is reprinted in DC’s Shazam! # 8 (1973), which is his first appearance in the Bronze Age.

When Teth-Adam says the magic word “Shazam”, he transforms into Mighty Adam, a super powerful being who possesses the same powers that would later be granted to Captain Marvel; However, Mighty Adam is soon corrupted by the vastness of his powers. Originally, the magician Shazam granted Adam powers derived from ancient Greco-Roman deities ; Later in the series, it was changed to ancient Egyptian deities .

FIRST APPEARANCES

Black Adam first appeared as a one-time villain for the first issue of Fawcett Comics’ The Marvel Family comic book (December 1945). However, Black Adam was revived as a recurring character after DC Comics first licensed and then acquired the Fawcett characters and began publishing Shazam/Formerly Captain Marvel Family stories under the title Shazam! in the 1970s.

POWER and ABILITIES

When Teth-Adam/Theo Adam says the magic word “Shazam,” he is transformed into Black Adam and granted the following powers derived from the ancient Egyptian gods Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, Mehen. Additionally, Adam’s senses are acutely sharpened, as he claimed to be able to smell Felix Faust’s sweat. Black Adam has repeatedly been described as a warrior who had proven himself to be highly skilled even before he was given the power of Shazam.

ORIGIN STORY

The canon version of Black Adam appeared only once during Fawcett’s initial publication run of Captain Marvel comics. In The Marvel Family #1, Black Adam is an ancient Egyptian named Teth-Adam (i.e., “Mighty Human”), who is chosen by the wizard Shazam to be his successor due to his presumed moral purity. Deciding that he should rule the world, Mighty Adam overthrows and kills the pharaoh and assumes the Egyptian throne. Angered by this betrayal, Shazam renames his errant champion Black Adam and—unable to revoke the powers he gave Adam—banishes him to the most distant star in the universe.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Black Adam is the primary antagonist of Shazam and the Shazam Family.

ALLIES

Black Adam is the protector of Kahndaq. He is also allied with the Justice Society of America, Injustice Society, Secret Society of Super Villains, Suicide Squad, Monster Society of Evil, Black Marvel Family, Injustice League, and the Justice League of Vikings

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