History ComicBook / Shazam

22nd May '17 6:05:27 AM DarkStorm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Eventually, Captain Marvel's history was wiped clean by DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot. He re-debuted in backup stories in ''Justice League'', with these stories focusing on the magical aspect rather than straight superheroics. Oh, and DC said "heck with it" and changed his name from "Captain Marvel" to "Shazam" in the main DC universe. The Wizard Shazam was replaced with Mamargan, the Australian aboriginal god of thunder. Moreover, During the Darkseid War event in late 2015, they changed the gods from whom Billy draws his powers. He now has the Strength of '''S'''’ivaa (a DC original, a god of destruction from outer space), the [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] of '''H'''’ronmeer (a DC original, the Martian god of fire), the Compassion of '''A'''napel (a Russian goddess of reincarnation), the [[RealityWarper Source Manipulation]] of '''Z'''onuz (another DC original, Darkseid's father), the Boldness of '''A'''të (Greek goddess of mischief and ruin), and the [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]] of '''M'''amargan himself. The upshot is that Shazam is even less of a flying brick and even more of a spellcaster and energy blaster.

to:

Eventually, Captain Marvel's history was wiped clean by DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot. He re-debuted in backup stories in ''Justice League'', with these stories focusing on the magical aspect rather than straight superheroics.
Billy's personality was changed to make him more of a sarcastic and pessimistic brat; the kindly Wizard Shazam was replaced with the grumpy Mamargan, the Australian aboriginal god of thunder; and Billy's powers are more lightning-based than before, with his physical powers still present but toned down considerably.
Oh, and DC said "heck with it" and changed his name from "Captain Marvel" to "Shazam" in the main DC universe. The Wizard Shazam was replaced with Mamargan, the Australian aboriginal god of thunder. "Shazam".

Moreover, During the Darkseid War event in late 2015, they changed the Billy's connection to his original gods from whom was severed and Mamargan had to scramble to find new gods for Billy draws his powers. He to draw upon. Shazam now has the Strength of '''S'''’ivaa (a DC original, a god of destruction from outer space), the [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] of '''H'''’ronmeer (a DC original, the Martian god of fire), the Compassion of '''A'''napel (a Russian goddess of reincarnation), the [[RealityWarper Source Manipulation]] of '''Z'''onuz (another DC original, Darkseid's father), the Boldness of '''A'''të (Greek goddess of mischief and ruin), and the [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]] of '''M'''amargan himself. The upshot is that Shazam is even less of a flying brick and even more of a spellcaster and energy blaster.
22nd May '17 5:33:13 AM DarkStorm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Eventually, Captain Marvel's history was wiped clean by DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot. He re-debuted in backup stories in ''Justice League'', with these stories focusing on the magical aspect rather than straight superheroics. Oh, and DC said "heck with it" and changed his name from "Captain Marvel" to "Shazam" in the main DC universe. Captain Marvel still exists out in the Multiverse though, both on Earth-5 ("Thunderworld") and on Brainiac's Blood Moon ("{{ComicBook/Convergence}}"), so DC has multiple versions of the character to work with.

to:

Eventually, Captain Marvel's history was wiped clean by DC's ComicBook/{{New 52}} reboot. He re-debuted in backup stories in ''Justice League'', with these stories focusing on the magical aspect rather than straight superheroics. Oh, and DC said "heck with it" and changed his name from "Captain Marvel" to "Shazam" in the main DC universe. The Wizard Shazam was replaced with Mamargan, the Australian aboriginal god of thunder. Moreover, During the Darkseid War event in late 2015, they changed the gods from whom Billy draws his powers. He now has the Strength of '''S'''’ivaa (a DC original, a god of destruction from outer space), the [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] of '''H'''’ronmeer (a DC original, the Martian god of fire), the Compassion of '''A'''napel (a Russian goddess of reincarnation), the [[RealityWarper Source Manipulation]] of '''Z'''onuz (another DC original, Darkseid's father), the Boldness of '''A'''të (Greek goddess of mischief and ruin), and the [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]] of '''M'''amargan himself. The upshot is that Shazam is even less of a flying brick and even more of a spellcaster and energy blaster.

However, the original
Captain Marvel still exists out in as part of the Multiverse though, Multiverse, both on Earth-5 ("Thunderworld") and on Brainiac's Blood Moon ("{{ComicBook/Convergence}}"), so DC has multiple versions of the character to work with.



** After the Darkseid War, he can shoot fire as easily as lightning, but he's even less of a flying brick, since none of his new gods provides invulnerability.



* UrExample: Many other franchises have admitted to being influenced (or outright cribbing) elements from this series, from the Filmation He-Man cartoon (the same studio did an AnimatedAdaptation of the comic right before He-Man) to some of the heroic Magical Girls..

to:

* UrExample: Many other franchises have admitted to being influenced (or outright cribbing) elements from this series, from the Filmation He-Man cartoon (the same studio did an AnimatedAdaptation of the comic right before He-Man) to some of the heroic Magical Girls..Girls. Even the silver-age Flash's costume was said to be loosely based on Captain Marvel's.


Added DiffLines:

** Except in the New 52, where a god did it.
16th Mar '17 7:20:02 PM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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 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!'.

to:

* 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 Creator/RoyThomas penned 'Shazam! The New Beginning', ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning'', 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!'.
16th Mar '17 10:16:33 AM VicGeorge2011
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* ''ComicBook/ShazamTheNewBeginning''
7th Feb '17 4:56:35 PM DarkStorm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


*** In [[http://www.theworldsmightiestmortal.com/2016/12/a-showcase-of-captain-marvels-powers.html one Golden Age story]], it was explicitly said what the Power of Zeus did: it made him invulnerable. The Courage of Achilles (which is what his invulnerability is attributed to in more modern stories) instead gave him Achilles' ''fighting skills'' as well as literally making him fearless. So the "Power" confusion is not so much New Powers As The Plot Demands but New Powers Because The Writers Forgot What His Old Powers Were.



* OutOfFocus: In scope of the larger [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]]. In the New 52, he got an origin story, and then was immediately demoted to a background character, with his own supporting cast disappearing entirely. Equivalents of Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel don't even exist yet (except as unpowered kids), and it doesn't look like they ever will.

to:

* OutOfFocus: In scope of the larger [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]]. In the New 52, he got an origin story, and then was immediately demoted to a background character, with his own supporting cast disappearing entirely. Equivalents of Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel don't even exist yet (except as unpowered kids), and it doesn't look like they ever will.will at this rate.



** The ''Shazam: Monster Society of Evil'' and ''[[ComicBook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam Magic of Shazam]]'' continuity tries to do this within the family: going with the older idea that Mary's powers are derived from different (female) figures than Billy's, they work a bit differently, such as her being faster than him but him being stronger than her.

to:

** The ''Shazam: Monster Society of Evil'' and ''[[ComicBook/BillyBatsonAndTheMagicOfShazam Magic of Shazam]]'' continuity tries to do this within the family: going with the older idea that Mary's powers are derived from different (female) figures than Billy's, they work a bit differently, such as her Mary being faster than him but him Billy being stronger than her. stronger, and Mary able to detect life signs in the surrounding area.



* SuperFamilyTeam: With Mary and Freddy.

to:

* SuperFamilyTeam: With Mary and Freddy.Freddy at the very least. Uncle Marvel and the three Lieutenants Marvel are also sometimes included.
5th Feb '17 5:52:30 PM DoctorRayman
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction''
17th Jan '17 11:16:34 PM Brandar
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''WesternAnimation/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''
''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''
6th Jan '17 4:35:33 PM Scrounge
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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, [[FallenHero former holder of 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 Tawny the Talking Tiger...

to:

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, [[FallenHero [[HerosEvilPredecessor former holder of 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 Tawny the Talking Tiger...
5th Dec '16 6:57:24 AM DarkStorm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* SevenDeadlySins: Sabbac can command the "Seven Deadly Enemies Of Man", a slightly modified version of the usual seven.
** In the original comic, Shazam had the Seven Deadly Enemies Of Man trapped in stone from inside the Rock Of Eternity. Modern day stories seem to switch between the Enemies Of Man, and the typical Deadly Sins DependingOnTheWriter.

to:

* SevenDeadlySins: Sabbac can command the "Seven Deadly Enemies Of Man", a slightly modified version of the usual seven.
**
In the original comic, Shazam had the Seven Deadly Enemies Of Man trapped in stone from inside the Rock Of Eternity. Eternity ([[{{Bowdlerise}} changing]] some of the sins in the process: Anger, Sloth, Gluttony, and Lust were replaced with Hatred, Laziness, Selfishness, and Injustice). Modern day stories seem to switch between the classic Enemies Of Man, and the typical Deadly Sins DependingOnTheWriter.
5th Dec '16 6:48:39 AM DarkStorm
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* IAmNotShazam: TropeNamer. [[AvertedTrope No longer applies]] to the main universe version of the character. As of the [[{{In-Universe}} DC relaunch]], he's now called Shazam. Captain Marvel still exists out in the multiverse though, as shown in Multiversity: Thunderworld and Convergence.

to:

* IAmNotShazam: TropeNamer. [[AvertedTrope No longer applies]] to the main universe version of the character. As of the [[{{In-Universe}} DC relaunch]], he's now called Shazam. Captain Marvel still exists out in the multiverse though, as shown in Multiversity: Thunderworld Thunderworld, Convergence, and Convergence.even a 2016 WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo crossover.



* OutOfFocus: In scope of the larger [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]].

to:

* OutOfFocus: In scope of the larger [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]]. In the New 52, he got an origin story, and then was immediately demoted to a background character, with his own supporting cast disappearing entirely. Equivalents of Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel don't even exist yet (except as unpowered kids), and it doesn't look like they ever will.



** Kid Eternity originally had NoNameGiven, and was only ever referred to as "Kid." Eventually some CanonWelding with ''Shazam'' made him Freddy's brother, Christopher "Kit" Freeman.

to:

** Kid Eternity originally had NoNameGiven, and was only ever referred to as "Kid." Eventually Eventually, some CanonWelding with ''Shazam'' made him Freddy's brother, Christopher "Kit" Freeman.



* SuperheroesWearCapes: Until the New 52 reboot, where he wears a cloak instead of a cape.

to:

* SuperheroesWearCapes: Until the New 52 reboot, where he wears a hooded cloak instead of a cape.



* SuperSoldier: Captain Nazi.

to:

* SuperSoldier: Captain Nazi.Nazi is an evil version, and Captain Marvel Jr's arch-nemesis. He's super-strong and bulletproof (and absolutely loyal to the Third Reich), but he's no match for Junior.
This list shows the last 10 events of 157. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=ComicBook.Shazam