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History of ⚡Shazam⚡

In a few days Shazam opens in theaters everywhere.  To get you brushed-up on the Big Red Cheese's history, here's a category for you to peruse

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  • 12-page black and white Ashcan, a way to establish copyright by printing small-quantities and distributing to show proof of intellectual property ownership
  • 1st appearance of Captain Thunder (Billy Batson), renamed Captain Marvel to avoid more copyright issues from Fiction House's character Captain Terry Thunder
  • Fawcett couldn't use the title Flash Comics due to All-American Comics (DC) already having secured the rights
  • 8 copies were printed in 1940 but prior to 1986, collectors were unaware of its existence
  • High value is from a 2008 sale of a 9.4 graded copy
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  • 12-page black and white Ashcan, a way to establish copyright by printing small-quantities and distributing to show proof of intellectual property ownership
  • 1st appearance of Captain Thunder (Billy Batson), renamed Captain Marvel to avoid more copyright issues from Fiction House's character Captain Terry Thunder
  • Fawcett was forced to select the name Whiz Comics after Better Publications acquired the title Thrilling Comics
  • 3 copies were printed in 1940 but prior to 1986, collectors were unaware of its existence
  • High value is from a 2008 sale of a 9.0 graded copy
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, later renamed Shazam
  • 1st appearance of the Wizard Shazam
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Sivana, a scientific genius and the archenemy of Captain Marvel
  • 1st appearance of Ibis the Invincible and Spy Smasher
  • 1st team appearance of the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man
  • ***premiere issue of the series though the copyright notes read issue #2 - it is assumed this is due to securing a title that wasn't copyrighted
  • **Ashcan first appearances are unaccounted for since they were not intended for market distribution
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  • 2nd appearance of Captain Marvel (Shazam)
  • 2nd appearance of Dr. Sivana
  • 2nd appearance of Spy Smasher
  • *second issue of the series although the copyright notes indicate this is issue #3
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  • 3rd appearance of Captain Marvel (Shazam)
  • 1st appearance of Beautia, the daughter of Dr. Sivana
  • *cover correctly printed issue #3, interior notes read #4
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  • Premiere issue of Captain Marvel's first ongoing series
  • Captain Marvel's costume was inspired by military officer-uniforms that had similar attributes to the ornate half-cape affixed by braided rope at the neck and slung over the shoulder
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  • Origin of Dr. Sivana
  • 1st appearance of Magnificus Sivana, the son of Dr. Sivana
  • Revealed that Beautia is the daughter of Dr. Sivana
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  • 1st team appearance of the Lieutenant Marvels: Tall Marvel, Fat Marvel and Hill Marvel
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel Jr., Freddy Freeman, a boy who Billy Bastion shared his power with in order to save his life
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  • Captain Marvel joins the army
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  • The Sivanas coin the nickname "Big Red Cheese" as an insult to Captain Marvel and the name stuck for decades thereafter
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Mary Marvel
  • 1st appearance of the Marvel Family together in one issue: Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr.
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  • 1st full appearance of Mr. Mind, revealed to be a tiny, alien worm
  • 🚨 Key Issue Alert sent February 22 notifying subscribers of a Mr. Mind cameo appearance in the Shazam movie
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  • 1st appearance of Uncle Marvel, a member of the early Marvel family who didn't actually have powers
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Black Adam, an Egyptian prince named Teth-Adam who was first granted the powers by the wizard Shazam though it corrupted him
  • Origin of The Marvel Family: Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Junior, Mary Marvel and Uncle Marvel
  • ***Black Adam appears only once in the Golden Age, next appearing in Shazam #28
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  • Promotional comic packaged with Wheaties cereal
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  • Final issue of Whiz Comics
  • Final appearance of Captain Marvel before appearing two decades later in DC's Shazam! #1
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  • Unofficial appearance of Captain Marvel in DC Comics
  • ***in the story 'Monkey's Paw' longtime Captain Marvel artist Kurt Schaffenberger snuck-in the character which is more evident in the color-corrected reprint found in issue #104
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  • 1st appearance of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family in DC Comics
  • 1st cover appearance of Captain Marvel and Superman (Superman did not appear in the story with Captain Marvel)
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  • 1st modern appearance of Captain Thunder, an alternate timeline version of Captain Marvel who made very few appearances
  • *reference to the Fawcett Ashcan version of Captain Thunder
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  • 1st crossover of a DC character in a Shazam story until Crisis on Infinite Earths integrated Earth-S (Captain Marvel's reality) into the DC Universe
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  • 1st appearance of Black Adam since the Golden Age (appearance in Shazam #8 is a reprinted story)
  • 📈 900% increase in copies sold versus prior week due to concept art from the December 2021 being released
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  • 1st battle of Superman versus Shazam
  • Wraparound cover art by Rich Buckler
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  • Team-up Superman and Shazam vs Black Adam
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  • 1st appearance of Amanda Waller, director of the Suicide Squad [confirmed Voila Davis]
  • 1st appearance of Captain Marvel after Crisis on Infinite Earths integrated the Fawcett characters into the DC Universe
  • 1st appearance of Brimstone
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  • Low print run variant with DC Universe logo in the UPC box
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  • Variant second printing cover art by Alex Ross featuring Shazam
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  • 1st appearance of the second Isis, becomes Black Adam's wife and part of the Black Marvel Family
  • *rumored to appear in Black Adam
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  • 1st full appearance and origin of Osiris, brother of Isis and member of the Black Marvel Family
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  • 1st appearance of Sobek, a crocodile humanoid experiment of Dr. Sivana's that was befriended by Osiris
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  • Variant cover art by Alex Ross
  • Six-issue story arc, Black Adam: The Dark Age begins
  • *rumored to be the series adapted for the Black Adam film
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  • DC officially renames the Captain Marvel character Shazam
  • New origin of Shazam told as back-up stories over the course of 13-issues, beginning here
  • New origin of Black Adam
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  • 1st full appearance of the Seven Sins in the Modern Age, introduced to Shazam by Doctor Sivana
  • *this is the post-flashpoint version of the Seven Sins first introduced in Whiz Comics #2 (Golden Age)
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  • 1st team appearance of the modern Marvel Family, now known as the Shazam Family, in costume
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  • 1st appearance of King Kid, the "seventh champion of the Marvel Family" according to him
  • Introduction of the Seven Magiclands
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  • He-Man harnesses the Power of Shazam
  • 1st appearance of Queen Marvel