CBSI HOT 5 LIST : Shazam!
1st Appearance Captain Marvel(Billy Batson, Shazam)
Originally Fawcett had released 2 ashcans to secure the rights to the title, one being the infamous “flash comics #1” and the other titled Thrill Comics, both of which featured a character called Captain Thunder, in almost the exact same story. When it came time to go to print they had changed the title to Whiz Comics and had it as issue #2. The cover is clearly inspired by the cover to Action Comics #1 though where DC had Superman simply lifting a car, Fawcett one upped the big blue boy scout by having Captain Marvel straight up hurling a car at a wall. For a long stretch in the 1940s Captain Marvel’s main two titles (Captain Marvel Adventures and Whiz) actually outsold Action Comics and Superman, which was DC’s best selling title at the time.
First Appearance Black Adam
Believe it or not, for a very long time this was a 3rd tier “key” that was very affordable. When news was hinted that The Rock was being looked at for the role as Black Adam in a future Shazam movie, this book went absolutely bonkers. Times have not changed and this book is still considered a true Golden Age key among many circles of collectors.
1st Appearance Mary Marvel
Billy Batson’s twin sister also possesses the power to utter the word Shazam and becomes Mary Marvel with all the powers of Solomon and the five Olympian Gods. This is another example of a book that 5 years ago could be had for pennies on the dollar compared to today’s market. With the ever increasing popularity of female characters in today’s comic market, its comes as little surprise to see this book on the rise. With Grace Fulton portraying miss Mary Marvel on the big screen, this book could and probably should have real staying power.
Reintroduction of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Shazam into the DCU
Starting in 1941(due to the success of Captain Marvel), DC Comics pursued a lawsuit against Fawcett claiming Copyright infringement for the similiarites between Cap and Superman that lasted over a decade. Well in 1952 Fawcett finally conceded and ceased publishing all Captain Marvel books. DC Comics, hot off its streak of reintroducing Golden Age Characters into the Silver Age, acquired the rights to Captain Marvel and all the related properties and launched Billy into the DCU in 1973.
Reintroduction of Black Adam, 1st DCU Appearance
Another book that went absolutely bonkers when the Rock was rumored to be playing Black Adam is the 1st DC Universe appearance of Black Adam from 1977. While I honestly debated putting issue #25 in this spot with the 1st appearance of Isis, no one can deny how hot this book had gotten, and still commands enough respect to be found on a Shazam HOT 5 list.
Tough to find
While many folks are chasing down the Black Adam #1 Alex Ross variant, the real and true impossible Black Adam variant is the DC Universe Legacies #9… Near impossible to track down and when it does come to auction it commands a fair bit of coin.
Another triumphant CC Beck cover, an impossible Golden Age Classic Cover and a Fawcett “Bondage Cover” to boot. I know a lot of other books could have made the list here, but this book is just too cool to skip over, and too many folks are probably not aware it exists.
THANKS TO ALL FOR READING, for those looking for smaller more affordable books, I strongly recommend giving SHAZAM #25 a look for the first Appearance of Isis, JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 (New 52) for the first Seven Deadly Sins appearance, especially the 1:100 variant.
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