"Captain Marvel: "Introducing Captain Marvel!"": One evening, a ten-year-old newspaper boy named Billy Batson is hawking newspapers on the streets of Fawcett City, when a strange shadowy man in a long coat approaches him. He beckons Billy to follow him and leads
- By speaking my name you can become the strongest and mightiest man in the world - Captain Marvel!
- -- Shazam
Appearing in Captain Marvel: "Introducing Captain Marvel!"
- Shazam (First appearance)
- Sterling Morris (station manager for WHIZ Radio) (First appearance)
- Shazam's underground train
Synopsis for Captain Marvel: "Introducing Captain Marvel!"
One evening, a ten-year-old newspaper boy named Billy Batson is hawking newspapers on the streets of Fawcett City, when a strange shadowy man in a long coat approaches him. He beckons Billy to follow him and leads him underground into a dilapidated subway station. A driverless subway car unlike any Billy has ever seen before roars to the platform and the two get on board. The car speeds off deep underground, bringing them to a vast cavern known as the Rock of Eternity. Billy disembarks, and both the subway train and the cloaked stranger mysteriously disappear. Before him, Billy sees two rows of statues lining each side of the cavern. Each statue is forged in the likeness of a horrific monster, representing the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man.
At the anterior of the cavern, he finds an old man with a flowing white beard sitting on a stone throne. Above him is a large boulder suspended from the ceiling of the cavern by a tiny, fraying thread. The old man introduces himself as a wizard named Shazam and tells Billy that he has chosen him to be his champion against injustice. The wizard lights a brazier next to the throne, illuminating the names of six mythological elders inscribed on the wall behind it; Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. He explains that each of these elders will bestow an aspect of their power unto Billy, and all the boy has to do to acquire such power is to speak the wizard's name.
Billy shouts the name "Shazam", and a bolt of mystic lightning strikes down from out of nowhere, transforming the ten-year-old boy into a powerful, muscle-bound adult. Shazam christens his new champion Captain Marvel and salutes him.
Moments later, the thread securing the boulder above Shazam's head snaps, and the rock crashes down, killing the wizard. Shazam's spirit rises from the debris and tells Billy that his ghost will always be present inside the Rock of Eternity should the neophyte hero ever need his guidance. Captain Marvel leaves the Rock of Eternity to begin his newfound career.
In the next morning's newspapers, Billy reads of a threat made by an anonymous maniac, who will soon be revealed as Doctor Sivana, against the entire US broadcasting system. He will use a ray to drive all radio stations off the air unless he gets fifty million dollars. On a hunch, Billy follows two suspicious men to the swanky Skytower Apartments, where he hears one complain about their “maniac scientist” boss. Billy visits Sterling Morris at Amalgamated Broadcasting, where Morris refuses to entertain any belief that a reputable building like Skytower Apartments could host a criminal enterprise. While Billy is shooed out of the office, he does convince Morris to offer him a job in exchange for catching the criminals.
Later that night, Billy, in the form of Captain Marvel, visits Sivana’s apartment building, discovering the thugs talking to Sivana over the television. Captain Marvel enters the room and easily takes out the thugs, smashing the radio silencer in the process. While Sivana vows vengeance, Captain Marvel promises to bring the evil mastermind to justice, dead or alive. Billy changes back to his normal self and invites Sterling Morris to see his handiwork. Morris gives Billy the job that was promised. In his excitement, Billy almost gives away his secret identity, but stops himself before doing so.
Appearing in Ibis: "Ibis Lives Again!"
- Ibis the Invincible (First appearance)
- Taia (First appearance)
- Thief (First appearance)
Other Characters: Locations:
Synopsis for Ibis: "Ibis Lives Again!"
In the Egyptian wing of a famous American museum, 4000-year-old the mummy case of the young Prince Amentep, 12th Dynasty, aka “Old Man Ibis,” displayed the words: “I will live again!” And at midnight, the ancient mummy stirred and sat upright, and it clasped the Ibistick “the most powerful weapon ever devised.” The talisman jewel at one end enclosed the form of the sacred bird. At Ibis' command, the display-case glass melted, and his linen wrappings were transformed into a black suit and a crimson turban. Leaving the museum, Ibis roamed the city, rescuing a mother's baby carriage from a speeding fire engine, by diverting it into an instantly-created underpass, and performing other helpful wonders for random persons. He then began his search for his beloved Taia, buying a steamship ticket to Egypt ($400) with cash conjured out of thin air. On the voyage, the ship was attacked by a U-boat; Ibis reversed the torpedo's trajectory and destroyed the sub.
Landing in Egypt, Ibis proceeded to the now-ruined site of Thebes, once the Queen City of the ancient world. Taia's mummy had been excavated and exported to a European city; Ibis arrived there during a terrific air raid. Ibis formed a bombproof transparent dome over the city, repaired all the buildings and streets, and replenished all the food supplies, then got directions to the city's museum from a shady-looking character, and went there, followed by the same guy. In the museum, Ibis restored Taia to life. But before she could leave the electrically-wired unbreakable glass case, the thug snatched the Ibisstick and raced for the door, pursued by Ibis. To be continued.
Appearing in Golden Arrow: "The Origin of Golden Arrow"
- Golden Arrow (Roger Parsons) (First appearance)
- White Wind (Roger's stallion) (First appearance)
- Brand Braddock (a corrupt businessman) (First appearance)
- Bronk Braddock (Brand's son) (First appearance)
- Brute Braddock (Brand's son) (First appearance)
- Gloria Parsons (Roger's mother) (Flashback only), (Only appearance; dies)
- Nugget Ned (a prospector) (Only appearance; dies)
- Paul Parsons (Roger's father) (Flashback only), (Only appearance; dies)
- 19th Century
- American Southwest
Synopsis for Golden Arrow: "The Origin of Golden Arrow"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in Spy Smasher: "The Coming of Spy Smasher"
- Spy Smasher (Alan Armstrong, a secret agent) (First appearance)
- Admiral Corby (Naval Intelligence officer) (First appearance)
- Eve Corby (Admiral Corby's daughter) (First appearance)
- The Mask (First appearance)
- Zambo (Corby's houseboy) (First appearance)
- Admiral Corby's home, in Washington DC
- The Mask's estate, in Virginia, not far from Washington DC
- Alan Armstrong's estate, in Virginia, not far from Washington DC
Synopsis for Spy Smasher: "The Coming of Spy Smasher"
Spy Smasher pursues The Mask onto a stolen transatlantic airship, and subdues his entire crew and returns the airship, but The Mask escapes in a light airplane. A great deal of misdirection is used to disguise the secret identities of both Spy Smasher and The Mask, including this: an imposing mansion in northern Virginia is blown up by The Mask, in order to conceal some evidence.
Appearing in Scoop Smith: "The Radium Theft of Dr. Death"
- Scoop Smith (First appearance)
- Blimp Black (First appearance)
- Doctor Death (First appearance)
- Bruce Lane (First appearance)
- John Galt (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Scoop Smith: "The Radium Theft of Dr. Death"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in Lance O'Casey: "Incident at Maloana"
- Lance O'Casey (First appearance)
- Monk Hogan (First appearance)
- Barracuda Brent (Only appearance; dies)
- Betty Brewster (Single appearance)
- Bentley Brewster (Single appearance)
- Skipper Jones (Single appearance)
- The Brian Boru (First appearance)
Synopsis for Lance O'Casey: "Incident at Maloana"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in Dan Dare: "Seals of Doom"
- Dan Dare (First appearance)
- Carol Clews (First appearance)
- Carlos Peseta (Single appearance)
- Portugese Pete (Single appearance)
- Seminole Sam (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Dan Dare: "Seals of Doom"
- Synopsis not yet written.
- This series was published by Fawcett Publications. All characters and likeness(es) thereof associated with the Captain Marvel family of titles became the legal property of National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) in 1991.
- "Introducing Captain Marvel" was reprinted in Shazam: From the 40's to the 70's, 'The Shazam! Archives Vol. 1' and Shazam: The Greatest Stories Ever Told.
- The entire issue was reprinted in Famous First Edition F-4 and Millennium Edition: Whiz Comics #2.
- Whiz Comics was published by Fawcett Publications. The premiere issue of the series actually begins with issue #2. The character of Captain Marvel was originally to be named Captain Thunder for the first issue of Thrill Comics. Thrill Comics would have taken the #1 slot for this series, but it was never published beyond a single ashcan preview edition.
- Spy Smasher has apparently already established a reputation among the bad guys before his first appearance in this issue's story, at which time two burglars recognize him by his outfit, and flee in terror.
- Billy Batson exclaims, for the first time, "This is a job for Captain Marvel!" He would repeat this exclamation frequently over the coming years, but he may not have been the first to use it.
- Princess Taia is a cousin of King Senwosri III.
- Dan Dare, the private detective appearing in Whiz Comics in the 1940s, is not to be confused with Dan Dare, a pilot adventurer published by Eagle Comics in the 1950s.
- Doctor Death's real name is James Kirk, but has no connection to the more famous James Kirk of Star Trek fame.
- To date, Lance O'Casey has only made one canonical DC Comics appearance. He appeared in Power of Shazam #34.
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- Captain Marvel Adventures
- Captain Marvel, Jr.
- Hoppy the Marvel Bunny
- Ibis the Invincible
- Marvel Family
- Power of Shazam
- Shazam: The New Beginning
- Spy Smasher
- Superman/Shazam - First Thunder
- Trials of Shazam
- Whiz Comics
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #4 (Captain Marvel biography page)
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #20 (Shazam biography page)
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #21 (Sivana biography page)
Links and References
- Captain Marvel article at Wikipedia
- Captain Marvel article at Toonopedia
- Captain Marvel biography page at DCU Guide
- Dan Dare article at Wikipedia
- Golden Arrow article at Wikipedia
- Golden Arrow article at Toonopedia
- Ibis the Invincible article at Wikipedia
- Ibis the Invincible article at Toonopedia
- Ibis the Invincible biography page at DCU Guide
- Lance O'Casey article at Wikipedia
- Marvel Family article at Toonopedia
- Scoop Smith biography page at DCU Guide
- Shazam article at Wikipedia
- Shazam biography page at DCU Guide
- Spy Smasher article at Wikipedia
- Spy Smasher article at Toonopedia
- Spy Smasher biography page at DCU Guide
- Whiz Comics article at Wikipedia
- Whiz Comics series index at the Grand Comics Database (creator credits)
- Whiz Comics #2, complete issue at the Digital Comic Museum
- Whiz Comics #2, complete issue at Comicbook Plus