Captain Marvel was created in 1939 by writer Bill Parker and artist C. C. Beck, which character that first appeared in February 1940 in Whiz Comics. He was Billy Batson, a youngster who worked as a radio news reporter. After his parents died, he was adopted into a foster home. Billy was chosen as the wizard Shazam’s champion of good. Whenever he mentioned the wizard’s name “Shazam” he would be struck by a lightning bolt and transformed into Captain Marvel, an adult superhero.

Captain Marvel’s powers are from the six archetypal figures in mythology. Shazam stood for the names of the Greek gods. Captain Marvel would be granted with Solomon’s wisdom, Hercules’ strength, Atlas’ stamina, Zeus’ power, Achilles’ courage, and Mercury’s speed. When Captain Marvel repeated the magic word “Shazam” he would transform back into Billy. Captain Marvel’s modern vulnerability was that he possessed an immature personality of a teenager.

Captain Marvel’s archenemy, the mad scientist and the evil Doctor Sivana was then introduced in Whiz Comics #2. They often met as the doctor wanted to rule the world but was often thwarted by Captain Marvel. The doctor had two good children, Beautia (who loved Captain Marvel) and Magnificus; and he had two evil children as well, Georgia and Sivana Jr.

Billy Batson was the alter ego of Captain Marvel who had powers that were granted by six Greek gods whenever he spoke the magic word “Shazam”. Captain Marvel’s most common modern enemy is the Black Atom who also has the power of “Shazam. Captain Marvel has also become a member of The Justice League, and can match strength, and speed with that of Superman. Captain Marvel also is one of the top most liked superheros in the world.

FIRST APPEARANCES

Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (cover-dated Feb. 1940), published by Fawcett Comics.

POWER and ABILITIES

While normally having no special abilities in his human persona as Billy Batson, once he says the magic word “Shazam!”, he transforms into a full-grown man in peak physical condition endowed with multiple superpowers that rank him amongst the most powerful entities in the DC Universe. These include the wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.

ORIGIN STORY

Whiz Comics #2 (cover-dated Feb. 1940) was published in late 1939. Captain Marvel, the comic’s lead feature, introduced audiences to Billy Batson, an orphaned 12-year-old boy who, by speaking the name of the ancient wizard Shazam, is struck by a magic lightning bolt and transformed into the adult superhero Captain Marvel. Shazam’s name was an acronym derived from the six immortal elders who grant Captain Marvel his superpowers: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Shazam’s primary enemy is Black Adam. Others include Doctor Sivana, Mr. Mind, The Dummy, IBAC, Mr. Who, King Kull, Mister Atom and Blaze.

ALLIES

Among his staunches allies include Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Mister Tawky Tawny, and Shazam the Wizard.

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