All that is necessary is to repeat my name, Shazam. By its repetition, you will become Captain Marvel and take on the virtues you see recorded there. The wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the great courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.
Dialogue performed by Nigel De Brulier, Adventures of Captain Marvel March 28, 1941.
is a comic book superhero
, originally published by Fawcett Comics
and now owned by DC Comics
. Created in 1939 by artist C.C. Beck
and writer Bill Parker
, the character first appeared in Whiz Comics
#2 (Feb, 1940). With a premise that taps into adolescent fantasy, Captain Marvel is the alter ego
of Billy Batson
, a youth who works as a radio news reporter
and was chosen to be a champion of good by the wizard Shazam
. Whenever Billy speaks the wizard's name, he is instantly struck by a magic lightning
bolt that transforms him into an adult superhero empowered with the abilities of six mythological figures.
Captain Marvel was, based on sales, the most popular superhero of the 1940s, since the Captain Marvel Adventures comic book series sold more copies than Superman and other competing superhero books during the mid-1940s.
Portrait Illustration of comics artist Marshall Rogers by colleague Michael Netzer
"Pride & Joy" is a six-issue story arc from the comic book series Runaways (vol. 1), published in issues one through six in 2003 by Marvel Comics' imprint Tsunami, which was created to attract young readers. It was written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Adrian Alphona. While it was initially intended to be a six-part miniseries, the popularity of "Pride & Joy" and new ideas from writer Vaughan allowed Runaways to grow into a regular monthly Marvel title. "Pride & Joy" has subsequently won several comics awards, including the 2006 Harvey Award for Best Continuing or Limited Series.
The story arc has been critically acclaimed for its simple story set in the typically complex Marvel Universe. The story arc's primary purpose was to introduce the main characters, six children who discover their parents are evil after seeing them murder a girl in a sacrificial ceremony. It centers upon the children's relationships with their parents as the children learn that they themselves have inherited their parents' powers. Once The Pride realizes their offspring have disappeared, they begin to use their considerable influence to track down their sons and daughters. "Pride & Joy" sets up the main concept of the series, which involves children versus their parents.
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