Big Red Cheese
Earth's Mightiest Mortal
|William "Billy" Batson|
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
Fawcett City, Indiana
Note: Named for the original publisher of Whiz Comics in the 1940's, Fawcett Publishing.
Shazam's Squadron of Justice
|Base of Operations|
|Fawcett City, Indiana|
Billy Batson: 5' 6"
Captain Marvel: 6' 3"
Billy Batson: 125 lbs.
Captain Marvel: 250 lbs.
Normal human transformed by speaking a magical word which causes a mystical transformation enabling superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, durability, supersonic flight and an ability to summon thunder and lightning.
Impervious to magic.
Note: Power's are reduced when shared with other members of the Marvel Family.
Rock of Eternity: Mystical mountain at the edge of space and time composed of the element Eternium that enables the powers of the Marvel Family.
SHAZAM! Mystical word enabling superhuman abilities.
IBAC the Cursed
America's Greatest Comics
Captain Marvel Adventures
Power of SHAZAM!
Justice League America
Whiz Comics (Feb. 1940)
Note #1: The first issue of Whiz Comics is marked #2 inside. In fact the first four issues of this title are mis-numbered.
Note #2: Whiz Comics was published by Fawcett Publications which was sued in the 1940's by National Periodicals (DC Comics), which claimed Captain Marvel infringed upon their copyright for the character Superman. By the time the trials and appeals had played themselves out in the courts, the comics market had taken a downturn and Fawcett was forced to settle. Fawcett agreed to cease publishing Captain Marvel and sold their remaining characters to Charlton Comics. Decades later DC Comics would lease and eventually purchase the rights to Captain Marvel. Eventually it would also acquire the other Fawcett characters when it purchased Charlton Comics.
|Bill Parker, Ralph Daigh & Charles Clarence Beck|
Billy Batson, an orphaned and homeless newspaper boy, follows at the behest of a mysterious cloaked stranger into the very subways he sleeps for warmth. The stranger takes Billy to the wizard SHAZAM. The wizard entrust Billy with the task of battling the "Seven Deadly Enemies of Man": pride, envy, greed, hatred, selfishness, laziness and injustice. To become the world mightiest mortal and call upon the power of Captain Marvel, Billy only need say the wizards name SHAZAM!