Captain Marvel. Teenaged newspaper seller (later radio reporter) Billy Batson is brought to the aged wizard Shazam and given superpowers to fight evil. By uttering the word “Shazam!” Batson turns into the superpowered Captain Marvel. Marvel has the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. Captain Marvel is aided by Captain Marvel, Jr., Mary Marvel, and by Tawky Tawny, a talking tiger. Captain Marvel’s opponents include the Mad Scientist Dr. Sivana, Marvel’s evil opposite Black Adam, the brilliantly evil worm Mister Mind (and his Monster Society of Evil), and the indestructible robot Mr. Atom. Captain Marvel appears in stories with titles like “Sivana the Weather Wizard,” “The Squadron of Doom,” and “The Monsters of Saturn.”
First Appearance: Whiz Comics #2 (Fawcett), Feb 1940. 100+ appearances, 1940-1949+. Created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.
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