Captain Marvel, was a character more popular than Superman for a time in the 1940s! Given Captain Marvel's success in his own comic, publisher Fawcett in 1942 expanded the line to include a bevy of sidekicks and family members that together were the Marvel Family. Today, you can find Captain Marvel's spiritual successor, Shazam!, among the DC comics line.
A product of artist C.C. Beck's imagination, Captain Marvel debuted for Fawcett in Whiz Comics #2 (Feb. 1940). Much like Batman's and Superman's alter-egos of Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, respectively, Captain Marvel's alter ego was a young boy named Billy Batson. Upon speaking the word "Shazam" to call upon the powers of ancient gods and heroes (channeled through an almost-as-ancient sorcery), Batson could transform into a powerhouse of speed, agility, and strength.
With the help of artist Peter Costanza, Beck's iconic character took off. By December 1942, Captain Marvel had been firmly established among the top comics at the time.
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