Captain Marvel, American comic strip superhero made by essayist Stan Lee and craftsman Gene Colan for Marvel Comics. The character appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes no. 12 in December 1967. The job of Captain Marvel would be filled by numerous heroes over consequent years, most eminently by the Kree warrior Mar-Vell and U.S. Flying corps official Carol Danvers.

The primary comic strip character with the name Captain Marvel showed up in late 1939 in Whiz Comics no. 2 (spread date February 1940). Essayist Bill Parker and craftsman C.C. Beck made the superhero for Fawcett Comics with an end goal to gain by the blockbuster achievement of DC Comics’ Superman, who had appeared the earlier year. Fawcett’s Captain Marvel was a young man named Billy Batson, who after talking the enchantment word “Shazam!” could change himself into “Earth’s mightiest human.” Shazam was the name of the wizard who had allowed Billy this astonishing capacity, just as an abbreviation that characterized Captain Marvel’s powers (the intelligence of Solomon, the quality of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the intensity of Zeus, the fortitude of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury). Captain Marvel would in the long run adversary and even outperform Superman in fame, and DC changed their hero as needs be. Before Captain Marvel, Superman could “jump tall structures in a solitary bound,” however “the speed of Mercury” allowed Captain Marvel the intensity of flight, and soon the Man of Steel was taking to the skies too. The offbeat narrating of essayist Otto Binder was supplemented by Beck’s spotless dynamic penciling, and Captain Marvel would stay a standout amongst other selling titles of the Golden Age of comics (1938–c. 1950). Not substance to play make up for lost time, DC recorded suit against Fawcett for copyright encroachment. The fight in court over Captain Marvel delayed for over 10 years, and, with the offers of superhero comics forcefully declining in the mid 1950s, Fawcett selected to settle the suit and stop distribution of Captain Marvel books.

In 1972 DC acquired a permit to utilize Fawcett’s superheroes, and Shazam! no. 1 (February 1973) declared the arrival of “the ORIGINAL Captain Marvel.” That guarantee would show up in the book’s masthead for barely a year, until Marvel tested it based on their copyright. Fawcett’s Captain Marvel before long showed up in the real to life TV arrangement Shazam! (1974–77). Over consequent decades, DC kept on distributing the undertakings of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family (Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr., Uncle Marvel, and nonchalant human tiger Tawky Tawny), and by 1991 DC had officially obtained the whole Fawcett comics line. Despite the fact that idealists kept on alluding to the character as Captain Marvel, DC authoritatively changed the moniker of “Earth’s mightiest human” to Shazam in 2012.

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