Captain Marvel, now known as Shazam, was originally created by Fawcett Comics in 1939. The character has had a storied past. DC sued Fawcett Comics in 1953 alleging Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman. As a result, Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel related comics in 1953. The character was licensed to DC in 1972 who changed the name to avoid popularizing “Marvel”, the name of their primary competitor (Marvel Comics).

Shazam is the alter ego of Billy Batson, a boy who, by speaking the magic word “SHAZAM!” (acronym of six “immortal elders”: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury), can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength, speed, flight and other abilities. Captain Marvel was the most popular superhero of the 1940, outselling even Superman. It was the first comic book superhero to be adapted to film.

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