Why Shazam is Awesome

Tonight I'm writing about Billy Batson, known as Shazam or formerly Captain Marvel for part of my blog: Why ____ is Awesome.

Don't we all wish we had the power to knock down Superman?
Don't we all wish we had the power to knock down Superman?

1. Childlike Heart

Shazam is a kid, as you should probably know by now. He possesses the pure heart of a child, to love and care for all. He has the idealism and boy scout attitude to have hope and fight for justice. He's not power hungry or corrupted by this. Billy isn't selfish and does things just because "it's the right thing to do." I think that it's great that in Trinity War, Billy specifically flew to Kahndaq to bury his enemy, Black Adam's, ashes.

2. SHAZAM!

It's everyone's dream to simply say some magic word and become this powerful superhero. Billy feels real to me because he's not just some superhuman with immense powers, but he has a dimension of awe to him. I don't really know to explain this (I guess the picture on the right would be a better explanation), but I guess what I'm saying is that he has the joy that we would have if we had powers. It's harder to connect with heroes who look at their powers as something common or nothing spectacular. When I see Billy smile as he soars in the air, I know he's someone that I can connect with. Just think of Superman's flight scene in "Man of Steel." His reaction and joy from flying make him human and this is something that Billy always brings to the scene.

3. Black Adam/Supporting Cast

Black Adam is one of my favorite villains. I like Billy because of his clashes with Black Adam. They are similar in powers but they are so different from each other. It's fun to read about Shazam because you always know that Black Adam is always nearby, and you know that they're going to end up fighting. Among his Black Adam, Billy has the entire Shazam family. You can probably create story after story focusing solely on Shazam's family, along with his villains+Black Adam's family. A strong supporting cast makes for a strong character, which is yet another reason why I like him. Plus, he has a freaking tiger.

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4. Kingdom Come (Spoilers)

Maybe the most memorable scene of Billy Batson in DC Comics, is his fight against Superman in "Kingdom Come," beautifully drawn by Alex Ross. Superman said it best when you stated that Billy was both superhuman and man, living in both worlds and should be the one making the decisions for both. After fighting hard against Superman, he ultimately overcomes the brainwashing of Lex Luthor, and sacrifices himself in the bomb. It's such a great moment because it shows the potential he has as a hero. He's both human and superhuman, with a caring personality. He should represent humanity.

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Shazam is a kid? Jk lol

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Great job.

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I have to say; I really enjoy these blogs. Keep up the good work. :)

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great job! and i really enjoy this one, keep up the AWESOMELY EPIC WORK!

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This was awesome! That scene in Trinity War made me smirk.

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@batmannflash:

He has the idealism and boy scout attitude to have hope and fight for justice. He's not power hungry or corrupted by this. Billy isn't selfish and does things just because "it's the right thing to do."

Didn't he try to steal money from an ATM just for kicks? Also, didn't he attempt to buy alcohol for a minor?

Just sayin'..

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Shazam is definitely underrated.

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@extremis said:

@batmannflash:

He has the idealism and boy scout attitude to have hope and fight for justice. He's not power hungry or corrupted by this. Billy isn't selfish and does things just because "it's the right thing to do."

Didn't he try to steal money from an ATM just for kicks? Also, didn't he attempt to buy alcohol for a minor?

Just sayin'..

lol I know that. I believe that's only in the New 52, where they made him into a troublesome boy. Either way, I find that very likely that a kid with power would do something like that. Either way, not too long after, he grew responsibility for his powers and becoming more and more like his Pre-52 self. Doing that kind of stuff is more mischievous rather than evil, like Black Adam when he got his powers

@farkam said:

Shazam is definitely underrated.

He is!

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I definitely love me some Shazam! Great job......

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Great Job. This blog has proven yoh worthy. When ever you need to call out my name "ULTRA" and you will be given the powers of this worlds strongest Super heroes.

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@extremis said:

@batmannflash:

He has the idealism and boy scout attitude to have hope and fight for justice. He's not power hungry or corrupted by this. Billy isn't selfish and does things just because "it's the right thing to do."

Didn't he try to steal money from an ATM just for kicks? Also, didn't he attempt to buy alcohol for a minor?

Just sayin'..

lol I know that. I believe that's only in the New 52, where they made him into a troublesome boy. Either way, I find that very likely that a kid with power would do something like that. Either way, not too long after, he grew responsibility for his powers and becoming more and more like his Pre-52 self. Doing that kind of stuff is more mischievous rather than evil, like Black Adam when he got his powers

@farkam said:

Shazam is definitely underrated.

He is!

Oh I wasn't insinuating that he's evil. Just that he doesn't not do things from a selfish place here and there. He is a kid afterall. That's why it's funny and much more forgivable I think.

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Awesome blog once again! Really hope Shazam! gets a solo series written by Johns

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Mehhh, Batman is better.

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He's a very good character and i like him very much, but how did he knock down Superman with just one punch ?

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@zeroplus: Superman wasn't prepared for it. Shazam has the strength of Hercules. He's potentially stronger than Superman anyways

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@batmannflash: I think that their strength is equal or maybe Superman is a bit stronger.

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Cool. I like shazam. I haven't read a lot with him though.

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@zeroplus said:

@batmannflash: I think that their strength is equal or maybe Superman is a bit stronger.

you're correct.

Cool. I like shazam. I haven't read a lot with him though.

thanks! me too

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That scene in Kingdom come is one of the most beautiful and dramatic piece of art, and is also one of my favourites. Love Shazam!

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Great work man! I never understood why Shazam wasn't more popular, he's basically every kid's dream: getting awesome superpowers. Hopefully DC and WB will start using him more.

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@jldoom: thanks! idk why. DC needs to push for him. Hopefullu he joins a team after Forever Evil

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His name is Captain Marvel. I will not bend on this. I don't care if no one else in the world sides with me his name is Captain Marvel.

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I really enjoy reading these blogs esp the ones about characters I don't know to much about like this one. I don't know much about Shazam besides the basics. Do you know any good comic books that he appears in often?

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Meh, Captain Marvel for me please. New 52 "Shazam" doesn't excite me too much.

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Nice thread! I liked Captain Marvel once I saw him in the JLU episode. I just felt he had his heart in the right place in all of his actions he was taking during the episode. Seeing him hold his own against Superman and using the Shazam bolt to weaken Superman was also awesome to see.

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I really enjoy reading these blogs esp the ones about characters I don't know to much about like this one. I don't know much about Shazam besides the basics. Do you know any good comic books that he appears in often?

Thanks! You can read Geoff Johns' Shazam back-ups in the New 52

First Thunder, Monster Society of Evil, Power of Shazam, The Power of Hope

Nice thread! I liked Captain Marvel once I saw him in the JLU episode. I just felt he had his heart in the right place in all of his actions he was taking during the episode. Seeing him hold his own against Superman and using the Shazam bolt to weaken Superman was also awesome to see.

Thanks! Yeah I loved that too

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@farkam said:

Shazam is definitely underrated.

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Great job. Since I first go into comics shazam billy has always been my favorite hero . And black Adam my favorite anti hero / villain

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IF written correctly shazam can easily beat every villain

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Love this thread

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shazam is awsome and underrated