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June 12, 2013

The origin of "Shazam!"

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From Wikipedia: "Arguably coined by Bill Parker in 1940. He is best known for creating Fawcett Comics' most popular character, Captain Marvel, in 1940, along with artist C.C. Beck."

More: "Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional comic book superhero."

And: "Captain Marvel is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a youth who works as a radio news reporter and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name — "Shazam!" — he is struck by a magic lightning bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six archetypal, historical figures."

 

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Pictured up top, Captain Marvel painted by Alex Ross.

[via Cary Sternick]

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Jim Nabors just turned 83 yesterday! Shazam!

Posted by: Gini | Jun 13, 2013 5:35:18 PM

What can I say...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgXuPUstThU

Posted by: joepeach | Jun 13, 2013 10:09:49 AM

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