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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'
  • *the artist on this issue Kurt Schaffenberger was previously the artist on Captain Marvel (later Shazam) but lost his job after DC (National at the time) successfully sued Fawcett for copyright infringement which eventually led to the publisher to go bankrupt
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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 does not appear in the story with Captain Marvel)
  • *20 years after DC was awarded $400,000 ($4 million by today's standards) for Superman copyright infringement, the publisher purchased the rights to Shazam from Fawcett
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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 (Lex Luthor) in a Shazam story
  • *prior to this issue, Shazam was written in a separate universe than other DC characters
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  • 1st appearance of Black Adam since the Golden Age
  • * Black Adam appears in Shazam #8 (1973) in a reprinted story from 1945
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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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  • DC Universe logo
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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
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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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