This year celebrate 75 years in the company of the World’s mightiest mortal… Shazam! That’s right comic fans, the Superhero formerly known as Captain Marvel is now officially as old as Batman and Superman. So to coincide with the septuagenarian Superheroes’ anniversary, DC Comics are releasing a hardcover anthology containing some of his greatest adventures from the past seven and a half decades.
Shazam (Captain Marvel) was created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker in 1940, and made his first appearance in Whiz Comics #2. Shazam himself is actually the wizard who bestows upon the 12 year old Billy Batson the power to become the adult Superhero Captain Marvel by just uttering the mystical phrase “SHAZAM!”. Alongside his extended family, sister Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Junior he fights crime and his nemesis, former holder of the Shazam title… Black Adam.
The Shazam anthology hardcover will be available in April from your local comic-book emporium, with interior art by various artists including co-creator C.C. Beck, with stories by Denny O’Neil, Geoff Johns, Otto Binder and many more. Weighing in at generous 400 pages, this is a must buy for any fans of the World’s mightiest mortal and anyone considering discovering him for the very first time.
That’s right comic fans, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson has finally confirmed after months of rumours and speculation, that he will have a starring role in the film based upon DC Comic’s character Shazam. It is apparently undecided currently whether he will be playing Shazam himself or arch enemy Black Adam.
Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel), was created by CC Beck and Bill Parker in 1940, his first appearance was in Whiz comics #2 which was published by Fawcett comics. Shazam’s alter ego is Billy Batson, a 12 year old boy who when he speaks the phrase SHAZAM, becomes the adult Superhero, his powers come from the six mythological Gods – Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.
Black Adam, Shazam’s nemesis was created in 1945 by CC Beck and Otto Binder, he is more an anti-hero than straight out Villain, his powers derive from the same place as Shazams. It’s great to see more diverse DC characters being given a chance to shine, hopefully the film will also include super powered sister Mary Marvel, there are not enough female Superheroes in movies currently, but with Wonder Woman now confirmed we may start seeing more…which would be awesome!
Update: Dwayne Johnson is now confirmed in the role of Black Adam.