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DC Day: In “The Power Of Shazam,” Billy Batson Can No Longer Say The Magic Word

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word.
 

DC DAY

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Billy Batson can no longer say the magic word. AP Photo/DC Comics

GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

HAWKMAN LEAVES THE JSA

In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, the JSA holds a meeting after the recent events. The elder members disapprove of the other members behavior during their battle with Gog and feel he should take a leave of absence.

Enraged, Hawkman vociferates he is a founding member of the JSA. He says the elders’ righteousness does not get results and decides to quit the JSA. Alan Scott tries to intervene but Flash says “Hawkman always returns.”

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Hawkman leaves the JSA.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Hawkman leaves the JSA. AP Photo/DC Comics.

BLACK ADAM FREES A RESURRECTED ISIS FROM FELIX FAUST’S SORCERY

At the Tower of Fate, Felix Faust possesses the body of Isis. He brought her back at the Tower of Fate and notices, however, that Isis’ bond with the Earth has been creating Isis flowers in order to contact Black Adam. As Felix Faust looks for the Scarab, Black Adam storms into the room. He holds Faust by the throat and threatens to rip his larynx out of it, unless he returns Isis to him.

Faust undoes the mindless spell and Isis returns to her senses. Faust looks for the Scarab but Black Adam steps on his right hand when he finds it. With the Scarab and Isis’ Amulet, Faust had been able to control Isis and dupe Black Adam. Isis orders Faust to return the Amulet, he does. Black Adam intends to take Faust’s head to his throne. But Isis goes for his lower body.

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Black Adam holds Felix Faust by the throat so that Faust may free Isis from his possession.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Black Adam holds Felix Faust by the throat so that Faust may free Isis from his possession. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ATOM SMASHER WANTS TO REJOIN THE JSA

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Atom Smasher wants to rejoin the JSA.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Atom Smasher wants to rejoin the JSA. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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BILLY BATSON CAN NO LONGER SAY THE MAGIC WORD

Black Adam and Isis travel to the Rock of Eternity. There, Black Adam fights Billy Batson while Isis uses a book of spells. She intends to find the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man that led to the murder of brother, and herself. Isis needs the power of the Rock of Eternity for her magic. Black Adam finally gains the upperhand on Billy and pins him to the ground. Speaking the magic word “Shazam,” Isis casts Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity with a lightning bolt. Billy Batson wakes up on the street of Fawcett City. He attempts to say the magic word “Shazam” but nothing happens.

At the Bromfield residence, Billy summons Freddy Freeman, the current Captain Marvel. However, it is the JSA that answers his summons. They say they received a distress signal from Captain Marvel from the location. Wildcat wants to interrogate Billy with a beating. However, Stargirl intervenes and tells Billy not to tell them his secret. With courage, Billy reveals his codename, he is Captain Marvel, leader of the Marvel family. At the Rock of Eternity, Black Adam and Isis offer Mary Marvel to join the Marvel family.

In 'Justice Society Of America' (2009) #23, Isis says the magic name "Shazam" in order to cast Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity.
In ‘Justice Society Of America’ (2009) #23, Isis says the magic name “Shazam” in order to cast Billy Batson out of the Rock of Eternity. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Justice Society of America Vol 3 25 in DC Database.
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Battles Of The Week: Amazo vs Solomon Grundy (Villain vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “WORSE ON A FRIDAY!”

Cyrus Gold has seven days to find the weapon that killed him, find and forgive the murderer or his soul will be lost forever. On Friday, at Slaughter Swamp, Solomon Grundy must face a deadly enemy.

SOLOMON GRUNDY IS CHALLENGED BY AMAZO
In ‘Solomon Grundy’ (2009) #5, Amazo challenges Solomon Grundy in order to follow Professor Ivo’s programming. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Enter the two contestants in Slaughter Swamp in Gotham City. On the left side is Amazo and on the right side is Solomon Grundy.

Let’s look at the stats.

AMAZO – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: CONTINENT
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: CONTINENT
ENERGY PROJECTION: CONTINENT
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
WEAKNESSES
  • Power Loss: Amazo once possessed the powers of the Justice League in a limited way. This power duplication was removed by Superman disbanding the Justice League.
  • Power Limitation: Amazo could use powers based on one being at the time.
SOLOMON GRUNDY – NEW EARTH
SUPER-STRENGTH: CONTINENT
SUPER-SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: PLANETARY
eNERGY PROJECTION: MOUNTAIN
FIGHTING SKILLS: BRAWLER
INTELLIGENCE: FIELD EXPERIENCE

CHECK OUT THE ACTION: AMAZO VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

THE FIGHT

At Slaughter Swamp, in Gotham City, Amazo meets Solomon Grundy per Professor Ivo’s programming. Grundy had promised Professor Ivo that he would die.

The battle to decide who is the strongest, machine or zombie!

WINNER: SOLOMON GRUNDY WINS BY DEATH

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SOLOMON GRUNDY IN COMICS

‘All-American Comics’ (1944) #61, titled “Fighters Never Quit” marks the first appearance of Solomon Grundy in DC continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Solomon Grundy and his relation to Green Lantern Alan Scott. The issue starts with Solomon Grundy emerging from Slaughter Swamp and killing two escaped convicts. Then, he begins his career in crime.

The comic was written by Alfred Bester and penciled by Paul Reinman.

SOLOMON GRUNDY’S FIRST SINISTER ISSUE
‘All-American Comics’ (1944) #61, titled “Fighters Never Quit” marks the first appearance of Solomon Grundy in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics

NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: CAPTAIN ATOM VS MISTER MAJESTIC. FEBRUARY 16TH.


LINKS

Solomon Grundy Vol 1 5 in DC Database.
Cyrus Gold (New Earth) in DC Database.
Amazo (New Earth) in DC Database.
All-American Comics Vol 1 61 in DC Database.