(February 1973)

DC, 1973 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.20 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
monthly (with the exception of Jan., March, July and Nov.)
On-sale date:
1972-12-11
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
DC [circle]
Editing:
Julius Schwartz (Editor); E. Nelson Bridwell (Assistant Editor)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US; later standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched (squarebound #8,12-17)
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

The Original Captain Marvel (Table of Contents)

Shazam! / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
C. C. Beck; Nick Cardy (Superman figure)
Inks:
C. C. Beck; Nick Cardy (Superman body); Murphy Anderson (Superman face)
Colors:
?
Letters:
C. C. Beck
Job Number:
S-1397

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]; Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • In Showcase Presents Shazam (DC, 2007 series) #1

Indexer Notes

Superman (drawn by Cardy, with Anderson face) reintroduces Captain Marvel/Billy Batson (drawn by original artist C.C. Beck). Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics, July 2007. The Schwartz credits don't include Anderson's input, but Bob Bailey confirmed it with the artist and The Comic Reader #90 noted it at the time of original publication.

...In the Beginning ... (Table of Contents)

Shazam! / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
?
Letters:
C. C. Beck
Job Number:
S-1363

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Otto O. Binder; The Mysterious Stranger; The Seven Deadly Enemies of Man [Pride; Envy; Greed; Hatred; Selfishness; Laziness; Injustice]; Shazam
Synopsis:
After missing for 20 years, Captain Marvel returns to Earth. Origin retold.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • In Showcase Presents Shazam (DC, 2007 series) #1

Indexer Notes

Part 1; retells Captain Marvel's origin. Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics [May 2008].

Otto O. Binder, who appears briefly in the story, was a prolific writer and wrote the majority of Marvel Family stories published by Fawcett Publications.

The World's Wickedest Plan (Table of Contents)

Shazam! / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
C. C. Beck
Inks:
C. C. Beck
Colors:
?
Letters:
C. C. Beck
Job Number:
S-1371

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Marvel Family [Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Mary Marvel [Mary Batson] (flashback); Captain Marvel, Jr. [Freddy Freeman] (flashback)]; Sivana Family [Dr. Sivana; Georgia; Sivana, Jr.] (villain); Uncle Marvel [as Uncle Dudley] (cameo); Miss Joan Jameson (cameo); Sterling Morris (cameo); Cissie Sommerly (cameo); Pa Potter (cameo); Ma Potter (cameo); Professor Edgewise (cameo); Beautia Sivana (cameo); Mr. Tawky-Tawny (cameo)
Synopsis:
Captain Marvel escapes the trap that Dr. Sivana had created that caused the Marvel Family to be placed in suspended animation for the last 20 years.
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • in Shazam from the Forties to the Seventies (Harmony Books, 1977 series) #nn (1977)
  • in Showcase Presents Shazam (DC, 2007 series) #1

Indexer Notes

Part 2; Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics [May 2008].

Shazam & Son (Table of Contents)

Shazam! / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
E. Nelson Bridwell
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
S-1405

Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • In Showcase Presents Shazam (DC, 2007 series) #1

Indexer Notes

The story of the World's Mightiest Mortal. Includes a key to the characters at the bottom of page 8 in this issue's second story.

The Endless String! (Table of Contents)

Shazam! / comic story / 7.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Pete Costanza
Inks:
Pete Costanza
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1374

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; King of Zoozland; Dr. Grenn
Reprints:
Reprint Note before Migration:
  • from Captain Marvel Adventures (Fawcett, 1941 series) #55 (March 1946)
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Original Captain Marvel
    Shazam!
  2. 1. ...In the Beginning ...
    Shazam!
  3. 2. The World's Wickedest Plan
    Shazam!
  4. 3. Shazam & Son
    Shazam!
  5. 4. The Endless String!
    Shazam!
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Mark Boyer
  • Matthew Head
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Bob Hughes
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Rich Morrissey (R.I.P.)
  • Gregory Fischer