Billy Batson’s life is completely changed after his first encounter with the wizard Shazam. Given an assortment of abilities, Batson transforms into the hero Captain Marvel (well, he used to transform into “Captain Marvel,” but now he also uses the name “Shazam” so DC can avoid legal problems with Marvel Comics) whenever he yells the word “Shazam!”
While many superheroes have ridiculous powers, most of the time their abilities are never truly explained. Often times a character is an alien or subject to a terrible accident that results in them obtaining powers (think Spider-Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, etc.), but Batson is different. Instead of just channeling the power of Shazam, Batson is connected to six different mythological figures — gods and humans — in order to become the ideal hero. “Shazam” may just look like a fun word, but it’s actually an acronym that pays homage to each key figure who makes up the power of Shazam!
Get ready to scream “Shazam” and hit Next to learn which six mythical figures make up the character’s famous name!