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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Shazam Key Issues Part 7

Clean up on Part 7!  Clean up on Part 7! Alright, Part 7 is basically some key issues that I missed that I feel definitely should be in this Shazam key issues series.

As for the Modern Age books, Part 6 has all the ones I'm willing to acknowledge or talk about. These aren't necessarily featured here because I think they'll be introduced in the Shazam movie or anything.

These are just key issues and mostly first appearances of characters I missed and played a major supporting villain or character in the Captain Marvel mythos. Part 7 will be short and sweet.

You can Shazam this Part 6 link if you missed it or just continue on with this mop up job.

CAPTAIN MARVEL JR. #4 comic cover
1st appearance of Sabbac

Created by Otto Binder and Al Carreno, Sabbac is another Golden Age villain for the Marvel Family that crossed over later into DC Comics. This is the original Timothy Karnes.

Like Ibac, Sabbac had powers that derived from various elements or entities. In his case, his powers are derived from demons and his name is also an acronym for  six beings who empower the character.

These demons are Satan, Aym, Belial, Beelzebub, Asmodeus, and Crateis, and once he says "Sabbac", Timothy Karnes turns into a muscle-bound demon with super-strength, super-speed, flight, fire breath, and the ability to emit fire blasts from the palms of his hands.

The 2nd version of this character debuted in the Outsiders #8 volume 3, and was created by  Judd Winick and Tom Raney. This more Modernized version of Sabbac the alter ego of Ishmael Gregor.

Ishmael is a Russian immigrant that came to New York and became a mob boss. Lusting for the power of Sabbac, he tracked down the original Timothy Karnes and performed a ritual that allowed him to gain the power of Sabbac after killing Karnes.

May be a villain worth considering, and this comic was published February, 1943.

Captain Marvel Adventures #78 cover
1st appearance of Mister Atom

Mister Atom is a semi-noteworthy Captain Marvel villain that first appeared in the Golden Age. Created by Dr. Charles Langley, Mister Atom is a radioactive robot with the goal of ruling the world.

He was reintroduced during the 70s revival of Captain Marvel in Justice League of America #137. Mister Atom has been a member of DC's Monster Society of Evil and was later reintroduced in the Power of Shazam series by Jerry Ordway.

Captain Marvel Adventures #78 was published November, 1947.

Captain Marvel Adventures #79
1st appearance of Tawky Tawny

This one I should've not missed. Tawky Tawny is a well-known supporting character for Captain Marvel during the Golden Age and the 70s revival. He has gone through quite a few incarnations under DC Comics.

In his original debut, however, Tawky Tawny is a humanoid tiger that can talk and wishes to join human society. He is well-mannered and a friend to the Marvel Family.

In his second appearance in Captain Marvel Adventures #82, Tawky's origin is told. He starts off as a normal tiger who is wrongfully accused of killing a man.

A local hermit gives the tiger a serum that allows Tawky to stand upright and speak and thus clear his name. Speaking of names, Tawky was first introduced as Mr. Tawny.

In issue #90 of the Captain Marvel Adventures, a contest was held for readers to come up with Tawny's first name, and Mary Garrisi and Pat Laughlin entry of Tawky was the winner. It's obvious a misspelling of the word talky, and this new first name was introduced in Captain Marvel Adventures #96.

During the 70s revival, Tawny was still kept in tact as the series was faithful to the Golden Age stories. However, Post-Crisis saw a different version of Tawky when Jerry Ordway and Peter Krause launched The Power of Shazam! graphic novel and then the series.

In this version, Tawky was a stuffed animal of Mary Batson. He is given life by Satanus and the stuffed animal is transformed into a Six-Foot anthropomorphic tiger to help the Marvel Family fight Blaze.

However, only Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Jr. can see Tawky in his anthropomorphic form while everyone else just sees him as a stuffed toy. In the newer versions Tawky is a regular tiger at the zoo and becomes a lonely Billy Batson's friend.

When Billy Batson learns that he able to share his powers with those he considers family, he turns Tawky into his talking friend and ally during a fight with Black Adam. Will be interesting if Warner Bros. gives a nod to this character or uses him in the upcoming Shazam movie.

With Rocket Raccoon an obvious success, DC may think that talking furry creatures just may be a good addition. Who knows? First appearance of Tawky Tawny in Captain Marvel Adventures #79 was published December, 1947.

Action Comics #655 1st Blaze
1st appearance of Lady Blaze

Jeez, how could I forget the daughter of Shazam? Lady Blaze or simply Blaze is the demoness sister of Lord Satanus, and both have the appearance of typical demons. She has an earthly disguise as Angelica Blaze, a nightclub owner in Metropolis.

She uses the club as a front to lure and steal souls. More of a Superman foe, Blaze and her brother have come into conflict with Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family on occasion. July, 1990 is the publishing date for this comic.

Adventures of Superman 493 1st Satanus
1st appearance of Satanus

The first incarnation of this character was called Lord Satanis and debuted in Action Comics #527. However, the one directly related to Shazam first appeared in this issue and was created by Brett Breeding. There is no relation to the original Satanis with this version.

Lord Satanus is the brother of the demon Blaze and both are the children of Shazam and an unnamed demoness. Both started out as villains for Superman, but eventually became villains for Captain Marvel and his supporting cast as well. 

Satanus disguises himself as Colin Thornton. He is a publisher for the Newstime magazine. This comic was published August, 1992.

Alright, this is the last part to this Shazam key issues series. Basically a mop up job with some issues I forgot to list earlier.

So this key issue request is done. As of now, who knows what characters will be used for a Shazam movie. Pretty much Black Adam and Captain Marvel are the only obvious choices for now.

In terms of Golden Age keys, the ones in the earliest parts of this series are definitely not light weights. Quite a few aren't very easy finds at all, and they also command some hefty dollars.


  1. Hi Mayhem,

    Is Mister Atom's first DC appearance in Justice League of America #137?


    1. Yes, Mister Atom first DC published appearance was in Justice League of America #137 and then he was seen again in Shazam #33.