"Captain Marvel: "The Origin of Dr. Sivana"": Billy SHAZAMs himself up into Captain Marvel, puts on a tuxedo, and escorts Beautia out to a night club. They encounter some thug trouble, so Marvel SHAZAMs himself down to Billy size, and they flee the place amid the stormy side effects of the tran
- ... and so I left them all back there on Venus, folks, and I doubt if they'll ever bother us again. Oh, yes! I meant to find out how Sivana managed to get back after he disappeared into that stone wall last month, but that's one thing I guess we never will know now. Good night, all.
- -- Billy Batson
Appearing in Captain Marvel: "The Origin of Dr. Sivana"
- Dr. Sivana (Flashback and main story)
- Rocco di Bota, shady restaurateur
- his thugs
- Beautia Sivana (revealed in this story to be Dr. Sivana's daughter) (Flashback and main story)
- Magnificus Sivana (Beautia's brother, Dr. Sivana's son) (First appearance) (Flashback and main story)
- Sivana's super-powered airplane, with jet impulse motors
- Sivana's streamlined interplanetary rocketship, with zirconium-steel plating
- Venusian Glompers (man-sized frogs with man-like hands)
- Gloppo, Billy's friend
- Gloppo, Billy's friend
Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "The Origin of Dr. Sivana"
Billy SHAZAMs himself up into Captain Marvel, puts on a tuxedo, and escorts Beautia out to a night club. They encounter some thug trouble, so Marvel SHAZAMs himself down to Billy size, and they flee the place amid the stormy side effects of the transformation. At first they are pursued by Rocco di Bota's thugs, but in a Chinatown alley they encounter the almost legendary Ruler of Chinatown and Boss of All Rackets, the venerable Footo Yu, who orders the thugs to depart, which they hastily do. But the wizened Celestial then locks all the doors, and uses an electronic device to cancel out the sound of Billy's magic word. Footo Yu is Sivana in disguise! After attaching this Ultra-Frequency Oscillator device to Billy's neck, with an arc-welder, Sivana flies Billy and Beautia to Central America, which takes the whole rest of that night.
Somewhere in those jungles, Sivana has a hidden series of incubators, in which he is breeding Venusian life-forms, including "Glompers". Back on Venus, Beautia's palace servants and soldiers had all been Glompers; she speaks their language, and they idolize her. Billy befriends one young Glomper, naming it "Gloppo". Two weeks go by.
Billy Batson sneaks out of the camp one night, is discovered and shot at, but succeeds in stealing Sivana's super-powered airplane and flying away. Gloppo has also escaped the camp and rides away with Billy. After about an hour, Sivana himself pursues them, in one of his 7000 mph rocketships. The bigger faster ship knocks the plane into a hillside for a completely destructive crash, from which Billy and Gloppo are very luckily thrown clear. Even more luckily, Billy hit a tree, hard enough and at just the right angle, to break the U.F.Oscillator on his neck, but not his neck, SHAZAM.
Sivana lands his rocketship and Magnificus disembarks, launches himself at Captain Marvel, tackles him in mid-air and begins a lengthy hand-to-hand struggle with the superhero. They seem to be almost evenly matched! Their battle causes a landslide, in which the elder Sivana is hit with a boulder and nearly killed. Marvel knocks out Magnificus, but expects him to rally back up at any moment.
Captain Marvel loads the Sivanas and the Glompers into the streamlined interplanetary rocketship, and again abandons them on Venus. For the Glompers, suffering greatly in the relatively frigid climate of Earth, this is a great kindness. Beautia tells Marvel the story of Sivana's early career in Europe and on Venus, and reveals that she and Magnificus are Sivana's children.
- The Origin of Dr. Sivana was reprinted in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-39, Shazam: From the 40's to the 70's and 'The Shazam! Archives Vol. 1'.
- Whiz Comics #14 and #15 were both dated "March 1941". Whiz Comics was being published every four weeks, at that time.
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