83 Facts About Black Adam


Black Adam is a character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

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Black Adam was originally depicted as a supervillain and the ancient Egyptian predecessor of Captain Marvel, who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates.

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Since the turn of the 21st century Black Adam has been redefined by DC Comics writers Jerry Ordway, Geoff Johns, and David S Goyer as a corrupted antihero attempting to clear his name and reputation.

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In 2009, Black Adam was ranked as IGN's 16th-greatest comic book villain of all time.

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Character made his cinematic debut in 2022's DC League of Super-Pets, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, who subsequently is starring as the character in the live-action Black Adam, releasing later the same year, and set in the DC Extended Universe .

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Canon version of Black Adam appeared only once during Fawcett's initial publication run of Captain Marvel comics.

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Originally, the wizard Shazam grants Black Adam powers derived from ancient Greco-Roman deities; later in the series, it was changed to ancient Egyptian deities.

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Black Adam succeeds in gagging Billy and Freddy while they are talking to Shazam.

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Black Adam wore a costume almost identical to Captain Marvel's—except black instead of Red and yellow.

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Black Adam then destroys the machine so it cannot be used against him, much to Sivana's annoyance.

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Black Adam makes his lightning strike Captain Marvel, turning him back to Billy, then seizes him and covers his mouth before he can finish saying his magic word.

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Black Adam realizes the man is Paul Revere, ironic since earlier in the story he repaired Revere's statue, and returns to his own time when Shazam tells him Black Adam is there.

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Black Adam is tricked by Captain Marvel into saying "Shazam" when he goes to him to get revenge, and gets amnesia from a punch by Captain Marvel.

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When last seen during the Crisis On Infinite Earths, Black Adam was fighting the heroes on the five remaining and partially merged Earths.

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Teth-Black Adam is the son of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II, and impresses one of the high priests, the wizard Shazam, with his good deeds.

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Mighty Black Adam serves as Egypt's champion for many centuries, but becomes corrupted by the charms of a mysterious woman, revealed to be Shazam's evil daughter Blaze in disguise.

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The bewitched Black Adam is convinced that he and his mistress should rule Egypt, so he kills the Pharaoh and appoints himself ruler.

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Black Adam therefore has a revelation, and realizes that he is a reincarnation of Khem-Black Adam.

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Black Adam reveals himself to Captain Marvel as the Batsons' killer, and the two battle.

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Black Adam stands trial again for the murders of the Batsons, and is acquitted when it is revealed that his fingerprints do not match those of Theo Adam.

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In subsequent issues, Black Adam joins supervillain Johnny Sorrow's Injustice Society after Sorrow removes a malignant tumor from Black Adam's brain.

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Black Adam soon betrays Sorrow, and he and the JSA defeat the Injustice Society.

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Black Adam briefly gives Flash the speed of Heru enabling him to defeat Johnny Sorrow by hitting him at near-lightspeed when he is paralyzed after Doctor Mid-Nite showed Sorrow a previously recorded image of his own face, sending him from Earth to another dimension.

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When Marvel transforms back into Billy Batson, Black Adam expresses admiration for the young man's ability to handle the power of Shazam at such a young age, something he doubts he could have achieved himself.

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The character of Blaze is completely removed from the origin story, and Black Adam's rage is described as having resulted from the conquering of Kahndaq at the hands of a magically powered supervillain named Ahk-ton, who is working with the notorious immortal Vandal Savage.

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Mighty Black Adam kills Ahk-ton during the struggle, and returns to Kahndaq to reclaim it by any means necessary, including murder.

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Black Adam's roster includes a mix of DC heroes and villains, including the Atom Smasher, Brainwave, Northwind and the rest of the society of Feithera, Nemesis, and former JSA museum curator Alex Montez, the human host of the demon Eclipso.

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Black Adam's collective executes Kobra, a villain who has been acquitted by the legal system when the JSA could have spared them his escape and the hassle of a trial by simply killing Kobra when he was first captured.

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Black Adam then turns his attentions to his old homeland of Kahndaq, now ruled by a militant dictator whose actions had long been ignored by the United Nations.

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Brainwave is saved by the JSA, Mister Mind is apprehended thanks to the Atom infiltrating Brainwave's head—as part of an undercover mission to confirm whether Black Adam was brainwashing his comrades—and Nemesis and Alex both die during the battle when Alex loses control of Eclipso.

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Black Adam is featured heavily in DC's 2005 Infinite Crisis crossover, primarily in the Villains United miniseries as a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains .

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Black Adam quickly kills Psycho-Pirate and, following a failed attempt to defeat Superboy-Prime, he is transported to Earth-5 when he is punched too far from the Tower by Superboy-Prime.

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Black Adam appears as a featured character in DC's weekly 52 comic book.

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Black Adam sends Intergang a message by killing Noose, by tearing his face apart, and sending the rest of the Intergang members home, leaving Adrianna behind.

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Black Adam gets members of the Great Ten of China and Russia's Rocket Reds, among others, to join the coalition.

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Black Adam's makes him a ruler who shows more mercy and performs charitable acts.

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Black Adam engages in more beneficial activities, like a charity dinner with the Silvanas.

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Black Adam arrives and the two battle until subdued by Isis and the Marvels.

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Black Adam easily gets past their defenses, even a weapon equivalent to the meteorite that killed the dinosaurs proving incapable of stopping him.

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Black Adam is subdued by the scientists, who projected a dimensional field into his mind the size of a football field, rendering him powerless.

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Black Adam's sustained assault finally prompts the decimated Chinese superhero team the Great Ten to allow the Justice Society and a coalition of other American metahumans onto Chinese soil in an attempt to stop Black Adam.

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Teth-Black Adam, human, escaped with the aid of the Atom Smasher, who carried him to safety after saving him from his fall.

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Black Adam takes Isis's bones to a Lazarus Pit in the Himalayas with the intentions of using it to resurrect her, but cannot complete the process without either using all of Isis's bones or her magical amulet, which has gone missing.

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Black Adam makes his way to Doctor Fate's tower looking for the amulet, and finds the supervillain and sorcerer Felix Faust, who was trapped in the tower by Ralph Dibny during 52.

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Black Adam enacts a spell that allows Teth-Adam to transform into Black Adam by drawing from the residual magic remaining in Isis's bones, with Adam using her name as a magic word.

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Black Adam spends the entire quest reciting the names of streets, signs, locations, moods, and emotions in hopes of stumbling upon his new magic word.

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Black Adam tells Faust that if he crosses him, he will come after them.

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Faust blames Black Adam for using Isis's power too much, and distraught, Black Adam flies away, ending up in Gotham City.

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Black Adam departs in his mortal form after she frees him from a wall that has toppled on him.

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Black Adam reveals through narration that the whole meaning of his power transfer to Mary Marvel was the hope that her innocence would eventually force Mary into surrendering back his power to him, but changed enough to allow Isis's rebirth.

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Black Adam's mourning is cut short when he discovers a bloodied flower in his shrine, believing it a sign from Isis.

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The Black Adam Marvels are soon challenged by the Justice Society, who has come to the aid of the powerless Billy Batson when he was trying to summon Freddy.

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Black Adam is convinced to return his power to Shazam, so that he could save Isis from her corruption.

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Black Adam has been told to resurrect Isis, but not Adam, which he does by killing people with his lightning by saying Isis.

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Sivana mentions that Black Adam was a slave who was teleported from his prison cell to the Rock of Eternity and granted his powers by the wizard.

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Black Adam then went on to save Kahndaq from the Seven Deadly Sins before vanishing.

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Black Adam is then shown in a revamped version of his original costume, which includes a cape, hood, and a metallic belt instead of a sash.

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Black Adam was injured during their escape, and when Aman was chosen by the wizard to be his champion, Aman shared his power with Black Adam to heal him.

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Black Adam refers to Aman's "sacrifice", and tells Billy that he will go to any lengths to "free this world from those who enslave it".

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Black Adam finally realizes that his knowledge of his newly acquired powers cannot defeat Adam, who has much more experience using his magic, and decides to change back into his child form.

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Ultraman manages to defeat Black Adam by breaking his jaw and throws him unconscious into the ocean.

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Black Adam is revealed to be a member of the Council of the Immortals, a group with the oldest beings of Earth, such as Vandal Savage and Hawkgirl.

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Black Adam supposedly kills Doctor Fate at the Rock of Eternity while in a fight against him, Wonder Woman, and Hawkgirl, who is by that point transformed by Barbatos into an evil version of herself named Lady Blackhawk.

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When Billy and his family stumble upon the doors to the various Magiclands and go to the Funland, Black Adam arrives at the Rock of Eternity some time after their departure, noting that the Council of Eternity sealed off the Magiclands for a reason, that the door to the Monsterland is still sealed for now, and that Billy has no idea what he has done.

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Black Adam will be torn between realms as a way for him to see his family again.

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Scapegoat and Red Queen note that Black Adam is immobilized as he refused to follow Mister Mind.

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When Mister Mind was defeated, the spell on Black Adam was broken as he helps Shazam to fight Superboy-Prime.

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Once the spell was undone, Black Adam flew off advising Shazam not to open the doors to the Magiclands again.

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Just before Black Adam is killed, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Batman, and Green Lantern arrive.

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Black Adam began acting more as a protector than an avenger, which attracted the attention of Superman, who believed that the Justice League needed fresh perspectives.

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Additionally, Black Adam's senses are acutely sharpened, as he claimed to be able to smell Felix Faust's sweat.

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Black Adam has repeatedly been described as a warrior who had proven himself to be highly skilled even before he was given the power of Shazam.

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Black Adam has recently acquired the power of the goddess Isis, making him stronger than ever.

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In DCnU continuity, Black Adam's powers were vastly different as opposed to his previous power set.

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Yet again, his power set has been altered when he was last resurrected through a mystic textile by "the Sons of Black Adam", giving him his current abilities tying him to six new gods of Egyptian history.

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Black Adam appeared in the first four issues of Billy Batson, published between late 2008 and early 2009.

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Black Adam is then knocked off the train they were fighting on, suffering severe injuries afterward.

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Black Adam then continues to aid the High Councilor in certain capacity.

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Black Adam however plays a major role in the Injustice 2 prequel comic, where he, Supergirl and Damian Wayne free Wonder Woman from the Amazons and provide her as well as the remaining members of the Regime safe harbor in Kahndaq after Superman is arrested.

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Black Adam is shown being defeated by Marvel's Captain Mar-Vell.

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Black Adam repeatedly calls down lightning bolts to shock Brainiac, giving the others time to escape and he joins them later on, fighting off Brainiac's robots.

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Black Adam makes it safely to Earth with the rest of the new Stormwatch and fights against Father Time's forces when he arrives to take the Engineer.

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Black Adam is taken to Nanda Parbat and is presumably executed by the ex-Onslaught prisoner turned League member Mesi Natifah.

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