Captain Marvel has one of the longest histories of any comic book character. Created for Fawcett Comics, the character was incredibly popular in the 1940s. The character has also had his fair share of legal issues, as he is now owned by DC Comics and goes by the name Shazam!

History

Originally a character of Fawcett Comics, first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 (February 1940)
Created by Bill Parker (writer) / C.C. Beck (artist)
DC Comics licensed the characters in 1972 and had owned them all by 1991
Originally was to be called Captain Thunder; was named Captain Marvel, now known as Shazam! As of new 52
He has been a member of the Justice League and the Justice Society of America

Who is Shazam/Captain Marvel?

Billy Batson, normally age 10-15
Shazam the Wizard - ancient Egyptian wizard that fights evil, but needs to pass his powers along; had given powers to Black Adam previously
Supporting characters - Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Tawky Tawny
Villains - Black Adam, Doctor Sivana, Mister Mind and the Monster Society of Evil, Seven Deadly enemies of man

Powers/Abilities

Basically Superman with some magic
S - the wisdom of Solomon
H - the strength of Hercules
A - the stamina of Atlas
Z - the power of Zeus
A - the courage of Achilles
M - the speed of Mercury

Important Storylines

Original comics
New 52 series
Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil
Kingdom Come

In Other Media

First superhero depicted in film - 1941 Serials Adventures of Captain Marvel
Animated films - Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, Justice League: War, Justice League:Throne of Atlantis
1974 Shazam! TV Series - loosely based on character, lasted for 28 episodes over 3 seasons
1981 - 12 episode animated series
Has appeared in Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Young Justice, and Justice League Action
Smallville - Season 9 episode “Warrior” Alec Abrams finds a Warrior Angel comic book, becomes superhero

Coming Up

Shazam! Starts filming in early 2018 from director David F. Sandberg, expected for a 2019 release date
Black Adam film is also in development
Justice League/Justice League 2?

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