Fawcett City

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Fawcett City
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
In story information
Type City
Notable people Captain Marvel
Marvel Family

Fawcett City is a fictional city, and the home of DC Comics' Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. It first appeared in the graphic novel "The Power of Shazam" by Jerry Ordway in 1994. Its name is derived from the original publishers of Captain Marvel comics, Fawcett Comics. It is also home to Bulletman and Bulletgirl, Spy Smasher, Ibis the Invincible, Mister Scarlet and Pinky the Whiz Kid and Minute-Man; also characters from Fawcett Comics.

Features of Fawcett City include radio station WHIZ, which employs Captain Marvel's teenaged alter ego Billy Batson as an on-air and field reporter. Streets in Fawcett City have been named in honour of creators who worked on the Shazam property over the decades including Otto Binder (Binder Boulevard) and Bill Parker.

Fawcett City, like other fictional cities that appear in comics published by DC, has no exact location, besides being identified as being located in the Midwest region of the United States. However, in the 1990s series The Power of Shazam!, it was suggested that it was located in Wisconsin, thanks to various clues given by writer Jerry Ordway. A Teen Titans Secret Files & Origins special, however, stated that Fawcett City was located in Indiana[1] and JSA vs. Kobra #4 (November 2009) indicates that the city is in Minnesota.[2] In "Clash", 2005's Season 1 Episode 20 of the animated series Justice League Unlimited, Lois Lane asks Captain Marvel if he will be moving to Metropolis from Faucett City, to which he replies "No Ma'am. I help where I'm needed, but I'm a Fawcett boy at heart."[3]

The city is distinguished in the comic stories by an old-fashioned look and feel. Despite existing in the modern world, with current technologies and events, Fawcett seems old fashioned, as if stuck in the 1940s or 1950s. This timeless feel was explained in the Power of Shazam! series as being the results of a spell cast over the city in 1955 by Ibis the Invincible. The spell was requested by the wizard Shazam, and was said to have protected Fawcett from the influences of outside evils and slowed the passage of time. For the next forty years within the DC Universe, the city existed as a time-warp of sorts to the 1950s. The spell was shown to be removed in Power of Shazam! #11 (January 1996), and Fawcett began to slowly become a more modern city, although most of its Art Deco style buildings and generally old-fashioned values remain intact.