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Introduction to Fawcett Comics Heroes

From Who's Who v.1 #16 (1986); art by Jack Kirby and Greg Theakston.

DC acquired Captain Marvel and the Fawcett Comics characters in 1972. Citing Wikipedia"

"In 1972 DC licensed — and in 1994, purchased — Captain Marvel and his related characters. Because of Marvel's trademark [to "Captain Marvel"], DC has instead used the trademark Shazam! as the title of their Captain Marvel-related comic books and thus the name under which they market and promote the character. In 1973, Shazam and the Marvel family became an additional Earth (to the Pre-Crisis DC continuity), known for a period of time as Earth-S."

Outside of the Marvel Family, these heroes rarely appeared in groups. Fawcett published many super-heroes but most of them have never appeared in a DC Comic. Six of them appeared once in a team-up in pre-Crisis times (Justice League of America #135-136, 176). At DC, all Fawcett characters were said to live on a parallel Earth, Earth-S.

In post-Crisis continuity, three more of them made cameos in the Power of Shazam! series. The post-Crisis DC universe was a unified timeline, so all these heroes co-existed with DC's on the same Earth.

To read more information about the DC/Fawcett war and DC's acquisition of the properties, check out:

Continuity in the DC Universe

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The Golden Age of Fawcett Comics

These 1967 sketches (8½ x 11") were first printed in black-and-white in the Jack Kirby portfolio (1971), just as New Gods launched at DC. Four of the color versions were reproduced in The Jack Kirby Collector #26 (1999).

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  • Whiz Comics (1940–53)
  • Wow! Comics (1940–48)
  • Nickel Comics (1940)
  • Master Comics (1940–53)
  • Captain Marvel Adventures (1941–53)
  • Captain Marvel Junior (1942–53)
  • Fawcett's Funny Animals (1942–54)
  • Marvel Family (1945–54)
  • Mary Marvel (1945–48)
  • Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (1945–47)

 

Marvel at DC (1972)

The Ragnarok of Asgard. From Thor #128 (Apr./May 1967); art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.
The death of the "old gods." From The New Gods #1 (1971); art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
Kirby's experimental photo collage style of illustration. From Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #136 (1970); art by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta.

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  • Shazam!, 35 issues (1973-78)

Post-Crisis

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  • Shazam! The New Beginning, 4-issue mini-series (1987)
  • Power of Shazam!, 47 issues (1995–99)
  • The Trials of Shazam, 12-issue limited series (2006–07)
  • Shazam! The New Beginning, 4-issue limited series (1987)
  • The Power of Shazam! Graphic Novel (1994)
  • The Power of Shazam!, 47 issues (1995–99)
  • Formerly Known as the Justice League, 6-issue limited series (2004)
  • The Trials of Shazam, 12-issue limited series (2006–08)
  • Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil, 4-issue limited series (Elseworlds, 2007)
  • Countdown to Infinite Crisis, 52-issue limited series (2007–08)

The New 52 + Multiversity

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  • Convergence: Shazam!, 2-issue limited series (2015)
  • The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 (Feb. 2015)

Publishing History

This section lists major comic book titles and limited series.

» SEE ALSO: Characters • Elseworlds

Fawcett:

  • Whiz Comics, 155 issues (1940–53)
  • Wow! Comics, 69 issues (1940–48)
  • Nickel Comics, 8 issues (1940)
  • Master Comics, 133 issues (1940–53)
  • Captain Marvel Adventures, 150 issues, (1941–53)
  • Captain Marvel Junior, 119 issues (1942–53)
  • Captain Midnight, 67 issues (licensed character, 1942–48)
  • Fawcett's Funny Animals, 83 issues (1942–54)
  • Marvel Family, 89 issues (1945–54)
  • Mary Marvel, 28 issues (1945–48)
  • Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, 15 issues (1945–47)

DC, pre-Crisis:

  • Shazam!, 35 issues (Feb. 1973–May/June 1978). The final two issues of this series were reprint-only.
  • All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58 (1978)
  • Adventure Comics #491–492 (1982)
  • World's Finest #279–282 (1982)

Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths:

  • Legends, 6-issue limited series (1986–87)
  • Shazam! The New Beginning, 4-issue limited series (1987)
  • The Power of Shazam! Graphic Novel (1994)
  • The Power of Shazam!, 47 issues (1995–99)
  • Adventures in the DC Universe #7 (Oct. 1997)
  • Just Imagine Stan Lee with Gary Frank Creating Shazam!, one-shot (2002)
  • Shazam! and the Shazam Family! Annual, one-shot (2002); 100-page special reprinting Captain Marvel Adventures #18, Captain Marvel Jr. #12, Marvel Family #1, 10, Captain Marvel Adventures #75
  • Formerly Known as the Justice League, 6-issue limited series (2004)
  • Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, 4-issue limited series (2005–06)
  • The Trials of Shazam, 12-issue limited series (2006–08)
  • Outsiders: Five of a Kind — Katana / Shazam, one-shot (2007)
  • Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil, 4-issue limited series (Elseworlds, 2007)
  • Countdown to Infinite Crisis, 52-issue limited series (2007–08)
  • DC Comics Presents: Shazam #1 (2011); reprints The Power of Shazam #38-41
  • DC Comics Presents: Shazam #2 (2011); reprints The Power of Shazam #44-47

The New 52:

  • Billy Batson & the Magic of Shazam! 21 issues (2008–10)
  • Convergence: Shazam!, 2-issue limited series (2015)
  • The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 (Feb. 2015)
  • Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam, one-shot (2016)

References + Links

Online

In Print

The Monster Society of Evil. Mike Higgs, ed. American Nostalgia Library, 1989. - A deluxe reprint volume of the entire Monster Society serial. Oversized, slipcased hardcover book, limited to 3,000 numbered copies.
DC Heroes #251: The Law of Darkness (1990).

Published by DC Comics

  • Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!
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  • Shazam! Vol. 1 (The New 52) (2014). Collecting the back-up feature from Justice League #7-21.
  • Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years. DC Comics, 2015. Reprints two dozen Marvel tales from all eras.
  • The Shazam! Archives:
    • Volume 1 (1999). Collecting Whiz Comics #2-15.
    • Volume 2 (1999). Collecting Special Edition Comics #1, Captain Marvel Adventures #1, Whiz Comics #16-20.
    • Volume 3 (2002). Collecting America's Greatest Comics #1, Captain Marvel Adventures #2-3, and Whiz Comics #21-24.
    • Volume 4 (2004). Collecting Captain Marvel Adventures #4-5, Master Comics #21-22, Whiz Comics #25 and America's Greatest Comics #2.
  • Shazam! Family Archives, Volume 1 (2006). Collecting Master Comics #23-32, Captain Marvel Jr. #1 and Captain Marvel Adventures #18!
  • Shazam! Power of Hope (2000), by Paul Dini and Alex Ross.
  • Shazam!: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2008). Reprinting Whiz Comics #2, Captain Marvel Adventures #1, 137, 148, Marvel Family #21, 85, Shazam! #1, 14, DC Comics Presents Annual #3, Superman #276, L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #31, Power of Shazam! #33 and Adventures in the DC Universe #5.
  • Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil, by Jeff Smith. Reprinting the 4-issue limited series:
    • Deluxe hardcover (2007).
    • Trade paperback (2009).
  • Shazam! Visits Portland Oregon in 1943! (1989). Reprinting Limited Collectors' Edition #C-27, and Captain Marvel Adventures #29.
  • Superman vs. Shazam! (2013). Trade paperback reprinting All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58, DC Comics Presents #33-34, 49, and DC Comics Presents Annual #3.
  • Showcase Presents Shazam, 2007. Reprinting in black-and-white Shazam! #1-33.
  • Superman/Shazam: First Thunder, 2006. Reprinting the mini-series of the same name.

Other Publishers

  • The Best of Captain Marvel. Nostalgia, Inc., 1975. Black-and-white reprints of Captain Marvel Adventures #22, 24, 35, 42.
  • Comic Reprints #[10]. Nostalgia, Inc. , 1975. Reprints Wow Comics #1.
  • The Fawcett Companion. P. C. Hamerlinck, ed. TwoMorrows, 2001 (160 pp.).
  • The Monster Society of Evil. Mike Higgs, ed. American Nostalgia Library, 1989. A deluxe reprint volume of the entire Monster Society serial. Oversized, slipcased hardcover book, limited to 3,000 numbered copies.
  • Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal, by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear. Harry N. Abrams, 2010.
  • Shazam from the Forties to the Seventies Harmony Books, 1977.

Video

  • Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam