A major nemesis to Captain Marvel in the 1970s, Black Adam actually first appeared in the pages of Golden Age The Marvel Family Magazine. According to Wikipedia:
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"The original Fawcett Comics version of Black Adam, which appeared only once during the original Fawcett run of Captain Marvel comics, is an ancient Egyptian prince named "Teth-Adam", who is chosen by the wizard Shazam to be his successor.".


A Panel from Marvel Family Comics #1 (1943)
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"When Adam says the magic word "Shazam", he is transformed into a superpowered being, Teth Adam (literally translating into "Mighty Human"). Possessing the same powers that Captain Marvel would later be granted, Adam is soon corrupted by the vastness of his powers. The wizard Shazam originally gives him ancient powers derived from Greco-Roman deities (later stories establish that the names of gods from the Egyptian pantheon make up the acronym Shazam for Black Adam)."

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"Deciding that he should rule the world, Adam overthrows the pharaoh and assumes the throne. An angry Shazam gives his errant champion a new name -- "Black Adam" -- and banishes him to the most distant star in the universe."

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"Adam spends the next 5000 years flying back to Earth. By the time he makes it back, in 1945, Shazam has appointed three new champions to take his place: Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, and Captain Marvel Jr. Adam does battle with the trio, known as the Marvel Family, but since all are equally invulnerable, the fight goes on and on without resolution. However, the non-powered Marvel Family member Uncle Marvel tricks him into saying "Shazam," reverting him to Teth-Adam. 5000 years of aging catch up with him in an instant and he dies. "

"Adam's original design bore a resemblance to actor Boris Karloff, albeit with pointed elfin ears. He wore a costume similar to Captain Marvel's, except that the red portions were black, and Adam did not wear a cape (later depictions of the character gave him a black cape similar to the ones worn by the Marvel Family)."

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This model is a repaint combining elements from some of my other models and was put together by John-Paul Cote as part of a diorama. He came out quite nicely and I'm glad to add this model to the other offerings here. I hope you enjoy assembling this nasty nemesis!

Happy Modeling!!
The Professor.
 
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