ByBryan Orbe (BFO), writer at

My friend Recently let me borrow his game of Injustice: Gods Among Us for Xbox 360 and let me just tell you, WOW what an amazing game. In it, you have a wide variety of characters to choose from. You got your super heroes and villains, from Raven to Killer Frost and I love all of my super heroes equally but there's one I like out of all and that's Shazam. Shazam is one of the DC super heroes that I barely hear people talk about. I see kids and adults wearing Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and The Flash merchandise, but I barely see anyone rockin' the SHAZAM! shirt or hoodie. And then I started wondering if anyone knew Shazam's identity. Everyone knows Batman's identity, The Flash's identity etc. So I bestow on to you the origin of SHAZAM!

Billy Batson was an orphan paper boy who's parents were murdered, he was approached by a mysterious man in a subway where a magical train arrived and transported him to a secret cave. Billy walked through the cave alone and found statues representing the seven deadly sins and an old man sitting on a marble throne. He introduced himself as The Powerful Wizard Shazam who fought evil for the last thousands of years and that his name was an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury as he possessed their gifts of wisdom, strength, stamina, power, courage, and speed. The wizard likewise explained that he's been watching Billy, witnessing the death of his parents and his wicked uncle stealing his inheritance. He had chosen Billy as the one to carry on his quest to fighting injustice and cruelty, due to his pure heart. Bestowing his power on the boy, Billy would only need to say "Shazam" in order to transform into to the grown up super hero champion Captain Marvel, plated with the lightning emblem, red outfit, and cape. Following this, a granite block hanging over the wizard's throne snapped and crushed the wizard while Billy was magically transported back to the subway entrance.

One day while selling newspaper Billy overheard a conversation by the henchmen of a mad scientist who had recently made the front page of the newspaper for threatening to destroy the U.S.A. radio system. Billy decided to contact the head of the radio company to inform him of the discovery. The radio director offered billy a job if he could prove if what he was saying is true. Unable to pass through the buildings security Billy decided to scale a neighboring building and use his new powers to make a mighty leap to the radio building and smash through the window to destroy their radio silencer machine and apprehend the criminals.Billy smashed through the window to find that the mad scientist wasn't there and was controlling his henchmen through a TV and threatened him with jail or death to stop. Afterwards Billy called the radio director and explained what happened and said that it was captain marvel who stopped the criminals, then the director gave Billy a job as a news reporter. In the years that followed Billy was mentored by the ghost of shazam and like wise bestowed the powers on his crippled friend Freddy Freeman and his new found sister Mary together, becoming the marvel family. All these origins are later explained leaning to Black Adam killing his parents, the first super hero the wizard bestowed his powers to but was corrupted by evil and vanished to space for a millennium.descendant Theo Adam. Theo Adam felt a calling to a medallion at a museum, when he broke in and stole it he released and was bestowed the power of BA.

Fawcett (publisher) ceased publishing Captain Marvel-related comics in 1953, partly because of a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics, alleging that Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman. In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters from Fawcett and returned them to publication, acquiring all rights to the characters by 1991. DC has since integrated Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe, and have attempted to revive the property several times with mixed success. Due to trademark conflicts over another character named "Captain Marvel" owned by Marvel Comics since 1967, DC Comics renamed their character "Shazam" after relaunching their comic book line in 2011.


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