Shazam! #1
(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
1972-12-14
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
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

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #91.


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

Indexer Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Superman (drawn by Cardy, with Anderson face) reintroduces Captain Marvel/Billy Batson (drawn by original artist C.C. Beck). 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: 1)

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

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Part 1. Retells Captain Marvel's origin. 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: 2)

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

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Part 2.

Shazam & Son (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1405
Reprints

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: 4)

Shazam! / comic story / 7.67 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
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
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!
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