History ComicBook / SHAZAM

12th Jan '18 1:43:42 AM jormis29
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A live-action ''Film/{{Shazam|2019}}'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, with Creator/ZacharyLevi and Asher Angel cast respectively as Shazam/Billy Batson. Additionally, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] has been attached to a ComicBook/BlackAdam spinoff film, with the likelihood that he'll eventually appear in a later ''Shazam'' film.

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A live-action ''Film/{{Shazam|2019}}'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, with Creator/ZacharyLevi and Asher Angel Creator/AsherAngel cast respectively as Shazam/Billy Batson. Additionally, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] has been attached to a ComicBook/BlackAdam spinoff film, with the likelihood that he'll eventually appear in a later ''Shazam'' film.
2nd Jan '18 1:36:46 PM Woodrobin
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Then there was a problem. On the one hand, there was Captain Marvel, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who can punch through cars and stop robbers... and on the other hand, there was Superman, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who... well, you get the idea. Admittedly, this described a ''lot'' of superheroes back then (and even today!), but Marvel had the flaw of selling ''more'' than his inspiration (it didn't help that there was editorial memo directing the artist to make Captain Marvel look "more like Superman"). Creator/DCComics brought the case to court, and Fawcett fought it out for a while. Eventually, though, the superheroes [[UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum stopped selling so well]], and Fawcett decided to throw in the towel; they closed down their comics division and moved on.' The final appearance of the character was 'Marvel Family'' #89 (January, 1954). The name "[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]", however, would return to haunt DC Comics.

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Then there was a problem. On the one hand, there was Captain Marvel, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who can punch through cars and stop robbers... and on the other hand, there was Superman, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who... well, you get the idea. Admittedly, this described a ''lot'' of superheroes back then (and even today!), but Marvel had the flaw of selling ''more'' than his inspiration inspiration. Creator/DCComics brought the case to court, and Fawcett fought it out for a while (it didn't help that there was a Fawcett editorial memo directing the artist to make Captain Marvel look "more like Superman"). Creator/DCComics brought the case to court, and Fawcett fought it out for a while.Superman"). Eventually, though, the superheroes [[UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum stopped selling so well]], and Fawcett decided to throw in the towel; they closed down their comics division and moved on.' The final appearance of the character was 'Marvel Family'' #89 (January, 1954). The name "[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]", however, would return to haunt DC Comics.
2nd Jan '18 1:33:52 PM Woodrobin
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Then there was a problem. On the one hand, there was Captain Marvel, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who can punch through cars and stop robbers... and on the other hand, there was Superman, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who... well, you get the idea. Admittedly, this described a ''lot'' of superheroes back then (and even today!), but Marvel had the flaw of selling ''more'' than his inspiration. Creator/DCComics brought the case to court, and Fawcett fought it out for a while. Eventually, though, the superheroes [[UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum stopped selling so well]], and Fawcett decided to throw in the towel; they closed down their comics division and moved on.' The final appearance of the character was 'Marvel Family'' #89 (January, 1954). The name "[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]", however, would return to haunt DC Comics.

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Then there was a problem. On the one hand, there was Captain Marvel, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who can punch through cars and stop robbers... and on the other hand, there was Superman, a black-haired all-American feller in a costume with a lot of bright red, who... well, you get the idea. Admittedly, this described a ''lot'' of superheroes back then (and even today!), but Marvel had the flaw of selling ''more'' than his inspiration.inspiration (it didn't help that there was editorial memo directing the artist to make Captain Marvel look "more like Superman"). Creator/DCComics brought the case to court, and Fawcett fought it out for a while. Eventually, though, the superheroes [[UsefulNotes/TheInterregnum stopped selling so well]], and Fawcett decided to throw in the towel; they closed down their comics division and moved on.' The final appearance of the character was 'Marvel Family'' #89 (January, 1954). The name "[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]", however, would return to haunt DC Comics.



Starting in 2005, though, the franchise hit a rough patch. The characters were constantly getting retooled, such as having Captain Marvel take the Wizard's place as "Marvel" and Freddy Freeman taking Billy's place as a hero ''named'' Shazam, apparently to get around the fact that IAmNotShazam. Many of these retools were DarkerAndEdgier, the most infamous instance probably being "Evil Mary Marvel" in ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. There was a bright spot, though, in that Black Adam was one of the leading characters in the acclaimed series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', gaining {{Morality Pet}}s in the form of Isis and Osiris. (They were both killed by the end of the event, but hey, this is comic books, DeathIsCheap.)

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Starting in 2005, though, the franchise hit a rough patch. The characters were constantly getting retooled, such as having Captain Marvel take the Wizard's place as "Marvel" and Freddy Freeman taking Billy's place as a hero ''named'' Shazam, apparently to get around the fact that IAmNotShazam. Many of these retools were DarkerAndEdgier, the most infamous instance probably being "Evil Mary Marvel" in ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis''. There was a bright spot, though, in that Black Adam was one of the leading characters in the acclaimed series ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', gaining {{Morality Pet}}s in the form of Isis and Osiris. (They were both killed by the end of the event, but hey, this is comic books, DeathIsCheap.)
DeathIsCheap, especially for characters named after a dying/resurrecting god and the goddess responsible for said resurrection).
19th Nov '17 6:03:57 PM McMann
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A live-action ''Film/{{Shazam|2019}}'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, with Creator/ZacharyLevi cast in the title role. Additionally, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] has been attached to a ComicBook/BlackAdam spinoff film, with the likelihood that he'll eventually appear in a later ''Shazam'' film.

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A live-action ''Film/{{Shazam|2019}}'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse, with Creator/ZacharyLevi and Asher Angel cast in the title role.respectively as Shazam/Billy Batson. Additionally, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] has been attached to a ComicBook/BlackAdam spinoff film, with the likelihood that he'll eventually appear in a later ''Shazam'' film.
3rd Nov '17 7:25:41 PM ReconditePanine
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* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Captain Marvel's ImpossiblyCoolClothes are inspired by the court dress of English noblemen. The white and gold cape was originally a short braided jacket worn as part of the BlingOfWar CustomUniform of Hussars.



* CallASmeerpARabbit: Gloppo, Beautia's SapientPet Glomper is a giant frog from Venus.

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* CallASmeerpARabbit: Gloppo, Beautia's SapientPet Glomper is a giant frog frog, is referred to as a "Glomper" from Venus.Venus.
* ChainedToARailway: Ben Strang does this to a group of freshmen as part of the hazing ritual, necessitating some TrainStopping by Captain Marvel.



*DieselPunk: One of the earliest comic book examples. Sivana uses a handheld RayGun, travels in a RetroRocket spaceship, dives a RaygunGothic FlyingCar, communicates with a VideoPhone, and leads an army of Nazis equipped with hover tanks and missiles.



**Thaddeus is a common Eastern European name, and Bodog is of Hungarian origin. Sivana is derived from the god Shiva. The presence of two FunnyForeigner Austrian businessmen rejecting Sivana's revolutionary invention seems to imply that Sivana is an Austro-Hungarian citizen (see Main/{{Ruritania}}) of Indian and Hungarian descent.



* FiveBadBand: Sivana is the BigBad and EvilGenius, Georgia and Sivana Jr are CoDragons, Magnificus is TheBrute, and Beautia is TheDarkChick.



* GoldfishPoopGang: Ben Strang thinks he is terrifying, but Billy sees him as a HarmlessVillain. Billy is GenreSavvy enough to know that the supposed red hot poker jabbed into his back is just an ice cube, and the 20 ft drop is a harmless leap from a small wooden box.



* HeelFaceBrainwashing: Sunny's special power.
* HeelFaceTurn: Beautia because of her crush on Captain Marvel.



* KarmaHoudini: TheBully Ben Strang is never punished for picking on the freshmen, and eventually makes a HeelFaceTurn when Captain Marvel saves his friends from a RunawayTrain.



* OldSoldier: When Sivana turns the US Army into babies, Billy gives the de-aging potion to a gathering of Civil War veterans. Their ColonelBadass leads a charge on horseback to scare away Sivana's {{Main/Mooks}}.

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* OldSoldier: When Sivana turns the US Army into babies, Billy gives takes the de-aging potion and gives it to a gathering of Civil War veterans. Their ColonelBadass leads a charge on horseback to scare away Sivana's {{Main/Mooks}}.
31st Oct '17 3:11:51 PM ReconditePanine
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*CloudCuckooLander: Sunny Sparkles, a boy with the ability to temporarily turn bad guys nice.


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*CallASmeerpARabbit: Gloppo, Beautia's SapientPet Glomper is a giant frog from Venus.


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* CoolOldGuy: Uncle Dudley Marvel in the Golden Age comics. The entire Marvel family would qualify for this trope after being frozen in 1952 and reviving in the present day.


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* JerkJock: Ben Strang, captain of the high school football team who enjoys pranking and hazing new members. He is also a JerkAss because he looks down on Billy for being a poor orphan, and resents him for getting better grades.


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*OldSoldier: When Sivana turns the US Army into babies, Billy gives the de-aging potion to a gathering of Civil War veterans. Their ColonelBadass leads a charge on horseback to scare away Sivana's {{Main/Mooks}}.
*OutdatedOutfit: When Billy awakens in the present day after being frozen by Sivana, he wears his 1940s clothes until the third issue.


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* RascallyRabbit: Hoppy the Bunny, depending on the author.


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**In the Golden Age comics Sivana's general is a stereotypical NaziNobleman Prussian officer, complete with monocle and flashy uniform, and the troops wear Stahlhelms.
30th Oct '17 8:58:52 AM pepsimax
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A live-action ''Film/{{Shazam|2019}}'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] has been set to appear as ComicBook/BlackAdam in hos own namesake film.

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A live-action ''Film/{{Shazam|2019}}'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. Film/DCExtendedUniverse, with Creator/ZacharyLevi cast in the title role. Additionally, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] has been set attached to appear as a ComicBook/BlackAdam spinoff film, with the likelihood that he'll eventually appear in hos own namesake a later ''Shazam'' film.
26th Oct '17 12:11:15 AM bfunc
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** And a much higher hemline!

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** And a much [[SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains higher hemline!hemline]]! And since her ''good'' costume has her in a miniskirt...
25th Oct '17 10:39:35 PM bfunc
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Billy Batson goes on to get a job as a radio announcer (yes, a ten-year-old announcer), but as his SuperpoweredAlterEgo, Captain Marvel, fights evil and chaos. He acquired an impressive RoguesGallery, including diminutive MadScientist Doctor Sivana, villainous SuperSoldier [[ThoseWackyNazis Captain Nazi]], atomic [[AIIsACrapshoot android]] Mister Atom, [[HerosEvilPredecessor former holder of]] [[FallenHero the Marvel mantle]] ComicBook/BlackAdam, and others. But he also had a group of staunch allies known as the Marvel Family, who had also (mostly) been gifted by Shazam; his best friend Freddy Freeman became Captain Marvel Junior, and his long-lost sister Mary Bromfield became Mary Marvel (complete with MiniDressOfPower). Initially, Mary had her own pantheon of goddesses from which she derived power (including Zephyrus... which was actually a male, but then there aren't many mythological figures whose names start with a "Z"). Later, she switched over to Billy's pantheon. Then there were the Lieutenant Marvels[[note]]three guys each of whom was named some variation of William Batson who had much the same powers as The Big Red Cheese himself[[/note]], Uncle Marvel[[note]]who had ''no'' powers but pretended he did, with the other Marvels pretending to believe it and covering for him in secret, not even letting Uncle Marvel himself know they were doing so[[/note]], Hoppy the Marvel Bunny[[note]]yep, powers again[[/note]], and Tawky Tawny the Talking Tiger[[note]no powers, assuming you don't consider being a ''talking anthropomorphic tiger'' a power[[/note]]...

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Billy Batson goes on to get a job as a radio announcer (yes, a ten-year-old announcer), but as his SuperpoweredAlterEgo, Captain Marvel, fights evil and chaos. He acquired an impressive RoguesGallery, including diminutive MadScientist Doctor Sivana, villainous SuperSoldier [[ThoseWackyNazis Captain Nazi]], atomic [[AIIsACrapshoot android]] Mister Atom, [[HerosEvilPredecessor former holder of]] [[FallenHero the Marvel mantle]] ComicBook/BlackAdam, and others. But he also had a group of staunch allies known as the Marvel Family, who had also (mostly) been gifted by Shazam; his best friend Freddy Freeman became Captain Marvel Junior, and his long-lost sister Mary Bromfield became Mary Marvel (complete with MiniDressOfPower). Initially, Mary had her own pantheon of goddesses from which she derived power (including Zephyrus... which was actually a male, but then there aren't many mythological figures whose names start with a "Z"). Later, she switched over to Billy's pantheon. Then there were the Lieutenant Marvels[[note]]three guys each of whom was named some variation of William Batson who had much the same powers as The Big Red Cheese himself[[/note]], Uncle Marvel[[note]]who had ''no'' powers but pretended he did, with the other Marvels pretending to believe it and covering for him in secret, not even letting Uncle Marvel himself know they were doing so[[/note]], Hoppy the Marvel Bunny[[note]]yep, powers again[[/note]], and Tawky Tawny the Talking Tiger[[note]no powers, assuming you don't consider Tiger[[note]]no ''specific'' superpowers, other than being a ''talking anthropomorphic tiger'' a power[[/note]]...
who was fairly well accepted in society[[/note]]...
25th Oct '17 10:35:52 PM bfunc
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Billy Batson goes on to get a job as a radio announcer (yes, a ten-year-old announcer), but as his SuperpoweredAlterEgo, Captain Marvel, fights evil and chaos. He acquired an impressive RoguesGallery, including diminutive MadScientist Doctor Sivana, villainous SuperSoldier [[ThoseWackyNazis Captain Nazi]], atomic [[AIIsACrapshoot android]] Mister Atom, [[HerosEvilPredecessor former holder of]] [[FallenHero the Marvel mantle]] ComicBook/BlackAdam, and others. But he also had a group of staunch allies known as the Marvel Family, who had also (mostly) been gifted by Shazam; his best friend Freddy Freeman became Captain Marvel Junior, and his long-lost sister Mary Bromfield became Mary Marvel (complete with MiniDressOfPower). Initially, Mary had her own pantheon of goddesses from which she derived power (including Zephyrus... which was actually a male, but then there aren't many mythological figures whose names start with a "Z"). Later, she switched over to Billy's pantheon. Then there were the Lieutenant Marvels, Uncle Marvel, Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, and Tawky Tawny the Talking Tiger...

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Billy Batson goes on to get a job as a radio announcer (yes, a ten-year-old announcer), but as his SuperpoweredAlterEgo, Captain Marvel, fights evil and chaos. He acquired an impressive RoguesGallery, including diminutive MadScientist Doctor Sivana, villainous SuperSoldier [[ThoseWackyNazis Captain Nazi]], atomic [[AIIsACrapshoot android]] Mister Atom, [[HerosEvilPredecessor former holder of]] [[FallenHero the Marvel mantle]] ComicBook/BlackAdam, and others. But he also had a group of staunch allies known as the Marvel Family, who had also (mostly) been gifted by Shazam; his best friend Freddy Freeman became Captain Marvel Junior, and his long-lost sister Mary Bromfield became Mary Marvel (complete with MiniDressOfPower). Initially, Mary had her own pantheon of goddesses from which she derived power (including Zephyrus... which was actually a male, but then there aren't many mythological figures whose names start with a "Z"). Later, she switched over to Billy's pantheon. Then there were the Lieutenant Marvels, Marvels[[note]]three guys each of whom was named some variation of William Batson who had much the same powers as The Big Red Cheese himself[[/note]], Uncle Marvel, Marvel[[note]]who had ''no'' powers but pretended he did, with the other Marvels pretending to believe it and covering for him in secret, not even letting Uncle Marvel himself know they were doing so[[/note]], Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, Bunny[[note]]yep, powers again[[/note]], and Tawky Tawny the Talking Tiger...
Tiger[[note]no powers, assuming you don't consider being a ''talking anthropomorphic tiger'' a power[[/note]]...
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