History Comicbook / Shazam

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!'.
19th Nov '15 10:10:20 AM Doug86
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You have to understand this before you proceed: comics weren't always just {{Superhero}}es.

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You have to understand this before you proceed: comics weren't always just {{Superhero}}es.
{{superhero}}es.
19th Nov '15 10:09:52 AM Doug86
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You have to understand this before you proceed: comics weren't always just {{Super Hero}}es.

Look -- guys in masks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks only showed up]] around, say, 1936. {{Super Hero}}es only go as far back as {{Franchise/Superman}} in 1938. Comics about detectives and daredevil pilots had been inherited from the [[PulpMagazine pulps]] to great success. ''No-one'' thought costumed heroes would take off like they did. So when [[Franchise/TheDCU National Comics]] hit paydirt with their costumed super heroes, the initial reaction of [[Creator/FawcettComics Fawcett Publications]] was "Oh boy! [[FollowTheLeader We've got to get some of these!]]"

So, they brought in C.C. Beck to do a story about a team of six heroes who all got powers from various legendary figures. When this was pitched, it was decided that, while CastSpeciation was cool, AllYourPowersCombined just looks better. The hero was to be called Captain Thunder. Except they couldn't get the name. So they called him Captain Marvelous, and then shortened it to Captain Marvel, because it sounds punchier. The character first appeared in ''"Whiz Comics''" #2 (February, 1940). (#1 was only an ashcan copy, never intended for distribution.)

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You have to understand this before you proceed: comics weren't always just {{Super Hero}}es.

{{Superhero}}es.

Look -- guys in masks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks only showed up]] around, say, 1936. {{Super Hero}}es {{Superhero}}es only go as far back as {{Franchise/Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} in 1938. Comics about detectives and daredevil pilots had been inherited from the [[PulpMagazine pulps]] to great success. ''No-one'' thought costumed heroes would take off like they did. So when [[Franchise/TheDCU [[Creator/DCComics National Comics]] hit paydirt with their costumed super heroes, the initial reaction of [[Creator/FawcettComics Fawcett Publications]] was "Oh boy! [[FollowTheLeader We've got to get some of these!]]"

So, they brought in C.C. Beck to do a story about a team of six heroes who all got powers from various legendary figures. When this was pitched, it was decided that, while CastSpeciation was cool, AllYourPowersCombined just looks better. The hero was to be called Captain Thunder. Except they couldn't get the name. So they called him Captain Marvelous, and then shortened it to Captain Marvel, because it sounds punchier. The character first appeared in ''"Whiz Comics''" ''Whiz Comics'' #2 (February, 1940). (#1 was only an ashcan copy, never intended for distribution.)



This was Captain Marvel's GoldenAge. His own title regularly sold over a ''million'' copies a month (FYI, the best selling comics of today usually top out at around 100,000), Mary and Junior had their own titles when most heroes had to settle for eight-page backups in anthology books. There was even a movie serial, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'', which was the first SuperHero film ever produced. He was arguably the most popular and recognizable SuperHero of the [[TheForties 1940s]].

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 "[[MarvelComics Marvel]]", however, would return to haunt DC Comics.

A few years later, TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks started up, and superheroes became popular again. Fawcett couldn't take advantage of this, because the settlement with DC had specified that they never publish a Captain Marvel comic again, but eventually, DC themselves expressed interest in the character. Fawcett licensed the whole shebang to DC (with the latter eventually buying the rights lock, stock and barrel), and after a couple of tryouts, they put out a new series in 1973. Unfortunately, they couldn't actually ''call'' the series "Captain Marvel", because Creator/MarvelComics had snapped up the name in the meantime (and created [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell their own character]], and eventually a string of characters, by that name), so they titled it ''Shazam!'' and went ahead. The series, though never a hot seller, did fairly well and even found a way to update its look from the [[https://myfavouritefunnies.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/shazam1-coverbinder.jpg simple, but dated, cartooniness of C.C. Beck]] to the [[http://www.donnewton.com/images/shazam35_11.jpg rich illustrations of Don Newton]] to fit in the UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks; the Marvelverse ([[Franchise/MarvelUniverse no relation]]) was slotted into DC's [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as Earth-S, and he occasionally crossed over with DC's other heroes -- naturally, the [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny long-debated fight]] between Cap and Superman was one of the first. Incidentally, it's rather ambiguous who has the edge since Captain Marvel doesn't have Supes' [[EyeBeams vision]] and [[BreathWeapon breath powers]], but his powers are magic based which is a traditional [[KryptoniteFactor weakness]] for Superman.

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This was Captain Marvel's GoldenAge. His own title regularly sold over a ''million'' copies a month (FYI, the best selling comics of today usually top out at around 100,000), Mary and Junior had their own titles when most heroes had to settle for eight-page backups in anthology books. There was even a movie serial, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel'', which was the first SuperHero superhero film ever produced. He was arguably the most popular and recognizable SuperHero superhero of the [[TheForties 1940s]].

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''" 'Marvel Family'' #89 (January, 1954). The name "[[MarvelComics "[[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]]", however, would return to haunt DC Comics.

A few years later, TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks started up, and superheroes became popular again. Fawcett couldn't take advantage of this, because the settlement with DC had specified that they never publish a Captain Marvel comic again, but eventually, DC themselves expressed interest in the character. Fawcett licensed the whole shebang to DC (with the latter eventually buying the rights lock, stock and barrel), and after a couple of tryouts, they put out a new series in 1973. Unfortunately, they couldn't actually ''call'' the series "Captain Marvel", because Creator/MarvelComics had snapped up the name in the meantime (and created [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell their own character]], and eventually a string of characters, by that name), so they titled it ''Shazam!'' and went ahead. The series, though never a hot seller, did fairly well and even found a way to update its look from the [[https://myfavouritefunnies.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/shazam1-coverbinder.jpg simple, but dated, cartooniness of C.C. Beck]] to the [[http://www.donnewton.com/images/shazam35_11.jpg rich illustrations of Don Newton]] to fit in the UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks; the Marvelverse ([[Franchise/MarvelUniverse no relation]]) was slotted into DC's [[TheMultiverse Multiverse]] as Earth-S, and he occasionally crossed over with DC's other heroes -- naturally, the [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny long-debated fight]] between Cap and Superman was one of the first. Incidentally, it's rather ambiguous who has the edge since Captain Marvel doesn't have Supes' [[EyeBeams vision]] and [[BreathWeapon breath powers]], but his powers are magic based which is a traditional [[KryptoniteFactor weakness]] for Superman.



So after a few comics and a brief membership spot in the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Captain Marvel became part of the wider DC Continuity. Whenever they needed a Superman-level fighter who was immune to kryptonite or magic, particularly when Superman is being mind-controlled or a similar emergency, he was there. Whenever Franchise/WonderWoman needed to hit someone we didn't care about, he was there. Whenever villains needed someone hokey to fight, thus proving they were a Superstitious And Cowardly Lot, he was there. His standard shtick was to represent the sunny, old-timey virtues of [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics in the darkness of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. On the other hand, despite the stereotype set by those fights, DC Comics also published ''First Thunder'' to show that Superman and Captain Marvel actually get along well in the same Universe: Superman appreciates having an ally with equivalent powers to help him fight supernatural foes that could otherwise lay out him with a shrug, and Billy values having the greatest of the superheroes as a mentor to help him through his double life's rough spots.

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So after a few comics and a brief membership spot in the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, Captain Marvel became part of the wider DC Continuity. Whenever they needed a Superman-level fighter who was immune to kryptonite or magic, particularly when Superman is being mind-controlled or a similar emergency, he was there. Whenever Franchise/WonderWoman needed to hit someone we didn't care about, he was there. Whenever villains needed someone hokey to fight, thus proving they were a Superstitious And Cowardly Lot, he was there. His standard shtick was to represent the sunny, old-timey virtues of [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comics in the darkness of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks. On the other hand, despite the stereotype set by those fights, DC Comics also published ''First Thunder'' to show that Superman and Captain Marvel actually get along well in the same Universe: Superman appreciates having an ally with equivalent powers to help him fight supernatural foes that could otherwise lay out him with a shrug, and Billy values having the greatest of the superheroes as a mentor to help him through his double life's rough spots.



A live-action ''Shazam'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCCinematicUniverse, though it has been stated to have a LighterAndSofter tone than ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. The movie will be written by ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' scribe Darren Lemke, and will feature [[DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] as ComicBook/BlackAdam.

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A live-action ''Shazam'' movie is currently in the works as part of the Film/DCCinematicUniverse, though it has been stated to have a LighterAndSofter tone than ''Film/ManOfSteel'' and ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. The movie will be written by ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'' scribe Darren Lemke, and will feature [[DwayneJohnson [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] as ComicBook/BlackAdam.



* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''

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* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''



* In Alan Moore's ''Comicbook/{{Supreme}}'' run, which turned the title into a {{Homage}} to Silver Age Supermen, "Mightyman" is the Captain Marvel CaptainErsatz.

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* In Alan Moore's ''Comicbook/{{Supreme}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Supreme}}'' run, which turned the title into a {{Homage}} to Silver Age Supermen, "Mightyman" is the Captain Marvel CaptainErsatz.



* AbortedArc: Jerry Ordway seemed to be going somewhere with a story in ''Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' where -- post Freddy's ''Trials of Shazam'' and Mary turning evil -- the wizard just took all their powers away. The story also revealed there was an EvilCounterpart to the Rock of Eternity called the Rock of Finality. For a while this left the Marvel family in a holding pattern as other writers waited to see where Ordway wanted to take this. Then the New 52 happened and Shazam got completely reinvented.

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* AbortedArc: Jerry Ordway seemed to be going somewhere with a story in ''Comicbook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' where -- post Freddy's ''Trials of Shazam'' and Mary turning evil -- the wizard just took all their powers away. The story also revealed there was an EvilCounterpart to the Rock of Eternity called the Rock of Finality. For a while this left the Marvel family in a holding pattern as other writers waited to see where Ordway wanted to take this. Then the New 52 happened and Shazam got completely reinvented.



* AnalogyBackfire: PeterDavid's comment on the "Wisdom of Solomon": "Question: God directly orders you to build no temples to other gods. Do you build temples to other gods? If you said yes, congratulations! [[WhatAnIdiot You have just displayed the Wisdom of Solomon!]]" Worth noting is that ''having'' wisdom and ''using'' it are two different things.

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* AnalogyBackfire: PeterDavid's Creator/PeterDavid's comment on the "Wisdom of Solomon": "Question: God directly orders you to build no temples to other gods. Do you build temples to other gods? If you said yes, congratulations! [[WhatAnIdiot You have just displayed the Wisdom of Solomon!]]" Worth noting is that ''having'' wisdom and ''using'' it are two different things.



* BadassGrandpa: WorldWarTwo veteran Minuteman.

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* BadassGrandpa: WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veteran Minuteman.



* BigGood: Captain Marvel is often treated like this, even in comparison to {{Superman}}, possibly due to ChildrenAreInnocent. It's explicitly stated in the comics that Billy Batson would be Marvel full-time to help people, if not for the wizard Shazam insisting that Batson himself deserves some happiness in his life, too.

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* BigGood: Captain Marvel is often treated like this, even in comparison to {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, possibly due to ChildrenAreInnocent. It's explicitly stated in the comics that Billy Batson would be Marvel full-time to help people, if not for the wizard Shazam insisting that Batson himself deserves some happiness in his life, too.



* 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 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', ''Legends'', the post-Crisis version of Captain Marvel was given a new origin in the RoyThomas 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!'.



* {{Expy}}: In ''LoveAndCapes'', Captain Marvel's analogue is Major Might. Mark gets grouchy around him because he thinks he's a "copycat", until the Major's child self reveals that he chose powers like the Crusader's out of admiration. Awww.

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* {{Expy}}: In ''LoveAndCapes'', ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', Captain Marvel's analogue is Major Might. Mark gets grouchy around him because he thinks he's a "copycat", until the Major's child self reveals that he chose powers like the Crusader's out of admiration. Awww.



** PlayedForLaughs in ''Superman/Shazam: The Return Of Black Adam,'' when Billy pauses to pick between multiple identical outfits hanging in his closet. He has a {{Superman}} shirt that he wears to bed, though.

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** PlayedForLaughs in ''Superman/Shazam: The Return Of Black Adam,'' when Billy pauses to pick between multiple identical outfits hanging in his closet. He has a {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} shirt that he wears to bed, though.



* OutOfFocus: In scope of the larger DC Universe.

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



* SealedCastInAMultipack: Captain Marvel and all his supporting cast, including villains, were put in suspended animation for 20 years thanks to one of [[MadScientist Dr. Sivana]]'s experiments GoneHorriblyWrong. (This was how [[DCComics DC]] explained the characters' twenty-year absence from publication.)

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* SealedCastInAMultipack: Captain Marvel and all his supporting cast, including villains, were put in suspended animation for 20 years thanks to one of [[MadScientist Dr. Sivana]]'s experiments GoneHorriblyWrong. (This was how [[DCComics [[Creator/DCComics DC]] explained the characters' twenty-year absence from publication.)



* SuperheroSpeciation: The obvious redundancy with {{Superman}} has finally been worked out in modern times with Supes valuing an ally whose similar, but magic and gods based, powers makes him very welcome company against supernatural foes while Cap enjoys him as a mentor.

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* SuperheroSpeciation: The obvious redundancy with {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} has finally been worked out in modern times with Supes valuing an ally whose similar, but magic and gods based, powers makes him very welcome company against supernatural foes while Cap enjoys him as a mentor.



* SwissArmySuperpower: In the ComicBook/PostCrisis stories, Billy has learned that the lightning bolt he uses to change [[LightningCanDoAnything can have other uses]]. For instance, it can break spells imposed on the Marvels in their human form, and can power up equipment if it's [[TimTaylorTechnology hardy enough to absorb so much energy suddenly]]. It's a powerful attack if they say their magic word close to an enemy and dodge the resulting bolt, causing it to hit their opponent instead (as seen in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and {{homage}}d in both ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Marvel lost because he failed to dodge it and ''MortalKombat vs. [[TheDCU DC Universe]]'' as a [[FinishingMove heroic brutality]] and a grab move). It can even be used as a MagicalDefibrillator, providing there are two Marvels, one to call down the lightning, and one to absorb it safely; otherwise this works [[OhCrap the same as the attack]]. That, or have [[NighInvulnerable a physiology that can stand up to the power]] of the lightning (which is how [[spoiler:Black Adam saved Atom Smasher, whose body [[HealingFactor regrows itself]] when he changes height and so could deal with the power]]).

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* SwissArmySuperpower: In the ComicBook/PostCrisis stories, Billy has learned that the lightning bolt he uses to change [[LightningCanDoAnything can have other uses]]. For instance, it can break spells imposed on the Marvels in their human form, and can power up equipment if it's [[TimTaylorTechnology hardy enough to absorb so much energy suddenly]]. It's a powerful attack if they say their magic word close to an enemy and dodge the resulting bolt, causing it to hit their opponent instead (as seen in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and {{homage}}d in both ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Marvel lost because he failed to dodge it and ''MortalKombat vs. [[TheDCU DC Universe]]'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' as a [[FinishingMove heroic brutality]] and a grab move). It can even be used as a MagicalDefibrillator, providing there are two Marvels, one to call down the lightning, and one to absorb it safely; otherwise this works [[OhCrap the same as the attack]]. That, or have [[NighInvulnerable a physiology that can stand up to the power]] of the lightning (which is how [[spoiler:Black Adam saved Atom Smasher, whose body [[HealingFactor regrows itself]] when he changes height and so could deal with the power]]).



* WorldDomination: Sivana wants to be a TimeLord.

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* WorldDomination: Sivana wants to be a TimeLord.JustForFun/TimeLord.
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