History ComicBook / SHAZAM

27th Jul '16 5:24:46 PM Laevatein
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-> ''"''Captain Marvel'' was the first superhero comic to just throw out the notion of realism. Captain Marvel can fight dragons and meet women from the moon. Anything you can think of, this guy can do, so of course that was an immense hit, because it was taking much more advantage of the form, I think."''
-->-- '''GrantMorrison''', ''Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle''
18th Jul '16 8:18:12 AM KingZeal
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* DynamicAkimbo: He does this trope often, for two reasons. One, he's a Franchise/{{Superman}} {{expy}}, so of course he uses one of his most famous stances. And two, the dynamic pose helps contrast him with the younger and more modest Billy Batson.
20th May '16 3:58:29 PM Berrenta
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Captain Nazi.
8th Apr '16 8:09:22 PM SirSapphire
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** Jeff Smith's ''Monster Society of Evil" series initially had Billy and Captain Marvel as separate personalities (with them even de-fusing when they visit Shazam at the Rock of Eternity), but as the story goes on their personalities merge and they eventually reach an equilibrium.
24th Mar '16 4:08:42 PM StFan
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3rd Jan '16 4:26:24 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* BoundAndGagged: Almost every conflict in the Golden Age revolved around the villain trussing and gagging Billy to prevent him saying the magic word, and whether he could manage to get it off in time to save himself - the nigh-invincible Captain Marvel beating the bad guys to a pulp was, naturally, a ForegoneConclusion.

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* BoundAndGagged: Almost every conflict climax in the Golden Age revolved around the villain trussing and gagging Billy -- either to prevent him saying the magic word, or just because they didn't want a nosy kid snooping around -- and whether he could manage to get it off in time to save himself - from a deathtrap; the nigh-invincible Captain Marvel beating the bad guys to a pulp was, naturally, a ForegoneConclusion.



** Certain Golden Age stories, in defiance of MagicAIsMagicA, also made a point of showing that, if Billy was in danger and unable to speak, any strong electric shock (whether magic or not) could still potentially transform him. When a crazed descendant of Thor once hit Captain Marvel with a reforged Mjolnir, the blow only changed him back to a kid; despite knowing exactly what had happened, [[WhatAnIdiot the man proceeded to gag Billy and strike him again, hoping that it MIGHT kill him this time]].



** "Power" was even more vague before he started fighting enemies with powers of their own on a regular basis and some clarification as required. One Silver Age comic claimed it acted as an add-on to his other powers; he was as wise as Solomon ''and'' Zeus, he was as strong as Hercules ''and'' Zeus, and so on.

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** "Power" was even more vague before he started fighting enemies with powers of their own on a regular basis basis, and some clarification as was required. One Silver Bronze Age comic claimed it acted as an add-on to his other powers; he was as wise as Solomon ''and'' Zeus, he was as strong as Hercules ''and'' Zeus, and so on.
3rd Jan '16 3:48:44 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Characters designed by C.C. Beck (and Pete Constanza, working in Beck's style) generally tended to be much more cartoonish and simplified in appearance then those from Mac Raboy, Jack Binder, and other artists; until the final issues of the 70's ''Shazam'' title, however, they were almost always drawn "on-model", particularly Billy with his classic BeadyBlackEyes. The trend is most noticeable in [[http://cdn.coollinesartwork.com/Images/Category_2/subcat_43177/ShazamGoldenBookPgs67.jpg the finely detailed work of Kurt Schaffenberger]], where Billy often looks bizarre and inhuman next to the realistic Freddy and Mary.

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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Characters designed by C.C. Beck (and Pete Constanza, working in Beck's style) generally tended to be much more cartoonish and simplified in appearance then those from Mac Raboy, Jack Binder, and other artists; until the final issues of the 70's ''Shazam'' title, however, they were almost always drawn "on-model", particularly Billy with his classic BeadyBlackEyes.BlackBeadEyes. The trend is most noticeable in [[http://cdn.coollinesartwork.com/Images/Category_2/subcat_43177/ShazamGoldenBookPgs67.jpg the finely detailed work of Kurt Schaffenberger]], where Billy often looks bizarre and inhuman next to the realistic Freddy and Mary.
3rd Jan '16 3:47:52 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Characters designed by C.C. Beck (and Pete Constanza, working in Beck's style) generally tended to be much more cartoonish and simplified in appearance then those from Mac Raboy, Jack Binder, and other artists; until the final issues of the 70's ''Shazam'' title, however, they were almost always drawn "on-model", particularly Billy with his classic BeadyBlackEyes. The trend is most noticeable in [[http://cdn.coollinesartwork.com/Images/Category_2/subcat_43177/ShazamGoldenBookPgs67.jpg the finely detailed work of Kurt Schaffenberger]], where Billy often looks bizarre and inhuman next to the realistic Freddy and Mary.
18th Dec '15 10:54:11 PM Doug86
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* AnimatedAdaptation: The one-hour block where it ran alongside ''HeroHigh''.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: The one-hour block where it ran alongside ''HeroHigh''.''WesternAnimation/HeroHigh''.
19th Nov '15 10:18:15 AM Doug86
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* CanonDiscontinuity: Several versions of the main character have been here and gone by this point. But one of these vanished within the same continuity. After 1987's CrisisCrossover ''Legends'', the post-Crisis version of Captain Marvel was given a new origin in the User/RoyThomas penned 'Shazam! The New Beginning', which was followed up on in the then-anthology series 'Action Comics Weekly'. Among the highlights were Sivana's character being merged with Billy's Uncle Ebenezer, Captain Nazi being a modern white supremacist, and Fawcett City being replaced by San Francisco. The continuity never caught on, and was disregarded in favor of the later far more popular 'The Power Of Shazam!'.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: Several versions of the main character have been here and gone by this point. But one of these vanished within the same continuity. After 1987's CrisisCrossover ''Legends'', the post-Crisis version of Captain Marvel was given a new origin in the User/RoyThomas Creator/RoyThomas penned 'Shazam! The New Beginning', which was followed up on in the then-anthology series 'Action Comics Weekly'. Among the highlights were Sivana's character being merged with Billy's Uncle Ebenezer, Captain Nazi being a modern white supremacist, and Fawcett City being replaced by San Francisco. The continuity never caught on, and was disregarded in favor of the later far more popular 'The Power Of Shazam!'.
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