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August 28, 2019

The origin of "Shazam!"


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.

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

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.


Pictured up top, Captain Marvel painted by Alex Ross.

August 28, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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