The Heroes of Fawcett Comics
The Fawcett Legacy at DC Comics
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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:
The Golden Age of Fawcett Comics
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Publishing history of the Golden Age:
- 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)
The Marvels at DC (1973)
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Publishing history of the pre-Crisis era:
- Shazam!, 35 issues (1973–78)
- Justice League of America #135-137 (1976)
- All-New Collectors' Edition #C-58 (1978)
- World's Finest Comics #253–268, 270, 273–276, 278-282 (1978–81)
- DC Comics Presents #33, 34, 49, Annual #3 (1981–82)
- Adventure Comics #491–492 (1982)
- All-Star Squadron #36–37, 51–52 (1984–85)
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #6, 7, 10, 11 (1985–86)
- Who's Who in the DC Universe #14 (1986)
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Publishing history of the post-Crisis era:
- 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 + Multiversity
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Publishing history of the New 52 era:
- 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
- DC Timeline & Golden Age Character Bios
- Digitial Comics Museum: Fawcett
- International Superheroes: Fawcett
- The Marvel Family Web
- Who's Whose in Fawcett Comics
- Dark Mark's Comics Indexing Domain > New Gods
- Mike Kunkel interview (May 2008)
- Grand Comics Database:
Published by DC Comics
- Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!
- Shazam! Vol. 1 (The New 52, 2014). Collecting the back-up feature from Justice League #7-21.
- Shazam!: A Celebration of 75 Years (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. DC Comics, 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.
- The Best of Captain Marvel. Nostalgia, Inc., 1975. Black-and-white reprints of Captain Marvel Adventures #22, 24, 35, 42.
- Comic Reprints #. 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.
- Superman/Shazam! The Return of Black Adam. Warner Home Video, 2010.