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William Batson (Justice)

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Quote1 But all I do is listen to Captain Marvel's words. The wisdom of solomon spoke through a child's enthusiasm and belief. Quote2
-- Green Lantern src


Billy Batson is not Captain Marvel, he becomes Captain Marvel. Unlike Superman, or Batman, Billy is still a child. He was a child of the streets, his parents having died at the hands of a once trusted guardian. He was visisted by a mysterious stranger who had taken him to a secret place where he was shown the seven primary weaknesses of man and introduced to a wizard. The Wizard gave Batson magical powers capable of fighting mankind's weaknesses -- powers derived from the Wizard's name -- SHAZAM.

When Batson speaks the magic word, the Wizard's name, he transforms into an adult with the mythic wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zues, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury.

Captain Marvel can fly. While his form is similar to that of Superman, Batson is also much like Clark Kent. Batson learns of the needs of the world around him by working as the youngest newscaster at a local radio station. His sister Mary has also been given powers. And there are others in the mythos established by the magician. There is a sort of Marvel Family, as if it is the battle that forges community.




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