Trivia / Shazam

  • Ashcan Copy: Flash Comics, the title that introduced Captain Marvel (then called Captain Thunder). Whiz Comics #2 was the first actual issue; #1 was an ashcan edition and was never publicly released.
  • Development Gag: The Alternate Timeline of Flashpoint has the Shazam powers shared among six kids (Billy, Mary, Freddy, and newcomers named Paco, Eugene, and Darla) who can summon "Captain Thunder" - Sound familiar?
  • The Other Darrin: Jackson Bostwick (Captain Marvel) was replaced at the start of the third season by John Davey.
  • Reality Subtext: Whenever Superman and Captain Marvel are in the same comic together, it's a pretty good bet one of them is going to punch the other. This is a reference to their famous court battle, where DC sued Fawcett over similarities to Superman.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Twice over in fact. Originally a creation of Fawcett Comics, for a time Captain Marvel was regularly outselling Superman. Not liking this, DC Comics sued Fawcett over copyright infringement, claiming the Captain Marvel lifted too many traits from Superman. The courts found in favor of DC Comics, and because of both legal fees and the declining Market in the 50s, Fawcett decided to step out of the comic industry. Come the 60s, with the comic industry growing once more, DC was now interested in investing in more comic characters and looked to license Captain Marvel. Irony came into play here because during the same timeframe, Marvel Comics, having started to hit their stride, had already trademarked the Captain Marvel name for their new character, so DC could never produce a comic titled Captain Marvel, opting for Shazam instead. By time the New 52 reboot happened, DC finally threw in the towel and officially renamed the character Shazam.
  • What Could Have Been: According to Alex Ross's Rough Justice art book, he proposed a redesign of the Marvel Family which would've slightly aged Billy to that of a teenager, and modeled him and Captain Marvel after their counterparts from the TV show. Ross's revision would've also included a reworking of Vulcan, the Expy of Black Lightning from Superfriends, with a backstory connected to Shazam. This direction was pitched when DC's decision to make Freddie Freeman inheritor of Shazam's power had been decided on.