Captain Marvel (translated into Spanish as Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel) and since 2011 Shazam., 3 4 5 is a superhero created in 1939 by writer Bill Parker and artist Clarence Charles Beck, originally published by Fawcett Comics in Whizz Comics 2 ( Feb. 1940) and later after buying the rights to the character in 1972 and until today, DC Comics. Although the latter company owns the character, not the case with the name, which in 1968 was recorded by Marvel Comics character created for this purpose. Thus, the name / brand "Captain Marvel" may not appear as the title of any publication that is not the product of Marvel Comics, a fact that has imposed the use of one of the leitmotifs of the character, the magic word "Shazam!" , it is used as a title of any star in the character header.
This series tells the story of Billy Batson, who transforms into Captain Marvel, the most powerful mortal, when he pronounces the name of the wizard Shazam.
Billy Batson was orphaned being very small to be murdered their parents. It is adopted by a man who later abandoned, bringing the young and Billy has to learn to live on the streets of Fawcett City, dedicated to crime to make ends meet and attend school at the same time.
One night, it is guided "mystically" to a mysterious cave on the outskirts of the city. There is an old man, who happens to be a wizard named Shazam. The sorcerer, recognizing his good heart and courage, gives Billy the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and speed of Mercury, which transforms young Billy in the adult body super powerful Captain Marvel.
Later, Billy remakes his life, becoming rapporteur of the famous "WHIZ" radio and making enough money to live while paying their studies, being secretly able to transform to shout the name of the wizard, in the "strongest mortal world "able to fight any being that endangers the lives of humans.
Over the years the powers of Shazam are shared by other young as three lieutenants Marvel (Whiz Comics v1 # 21), Captain Marvel Jr. (Whiz Comics v1 # 25), Mary Marvel (Captain Marvel Adventures v1 # 18 ) or tiger Mr. Tawky Tawny (v1 Captain Marvel Adventures # 79), all together they are known as the Marvel Family.
Captain Marvel is also known in the world of comic as "Shazam" (name of the wizard who gave him his powers) and that on several occasions the publisher DC Comics had legal problems with its "more competition", Marvel Comics, because the latter also has a character named "Captain Marvel". On many occasions he was seen fighting alongside the group known JLA. Like many other DC characters, their story is reelanzada by The New 52.