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The Wizard Mamaragan is an ancient mage who bestowed the power of SHAZAM on Billy Batson.
Mamaragan was previously a native of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Kahndaq. He was the last of a council of beings who controlled magic from the fortress known as the Rock of Eternity. One of their first actions was to punish and sentence the Earth's greatest transgressors. So they summoned Phantom Stranger, Pandora, and Question to the Rock of Eternity and evoked the different punishments on them.
At some point in the Council of Wizards' history, most of the council members were killed by Black Adam except for Mamaragan. Many years later, the Wizard appeared before Pandora. He is very weak and tells her that he has just given his power to a new champion of magic who will take his seat on the now destroyed council. The Wizard says that he has come to tell Pandora that he and the council were wrong for punishing her. He says that the other two members of the Trinity deserved their punishment but she was just a curious girl and he asks for her forgiveness. He then tells her that she can no longer open the box and that what had been released could not be put back. But there was still power within the box and it would take the strongest of heart or the darkest to open it. Then the vision disappears before Pandora can find out who that person might be.
When Doctor Sivana opens Black Adam's tomb and frees Black Adam, the Wizard begins abducting people one by one via magic and bringing them to the Rock of Eternity to assess them for the job of inheriting his powers but only to dismiss each of them for not being pure of heart. The Wizard then summons Billy Batson to the Rock of Eternity as his last candidate. But upon meeting him, he sees how rotten a child Billy is and dismisses him as well until Billy argues that perfectly good people "really don't exist" and that the Wizard may never find what he's looking for. Agreeing with Billy and aware that he is dying, the Wizard sees that Billy has the potential to be good and passes on his powers to the boy by asking him to speak the magic word "Shazam" with "good intentions" as merely saying the word has no effect. After saying the magic word, Billy is struck by a bolt of lightning which transforms him into Shazam, a super-powered being possessing super-strength and flight. The Wizard then passes away and transports Shazam back to Earth.
When Billy Batson's powers to the original gods of the magic lightning are severed by the actions of Grail the Godkiller, the spirit of the Wizard arranges for new gods to empower Billy. The Wizard reveals to Billy that he is himself one of these gods – the Wizard is just a name he acquired and that his true name is Mamaragan.
- Divine Empowerment
- Shazam was created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker, first appearing in Whiz Comics #2. However, in the Prime Earth continuity, Shazam first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Justice League (Volume 2) #7 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
- This character is an adaptation of Mamaragan, a character in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.
- 29 Appearances of Mamaragan (Prime Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Mamaragan (Prime Earth)
- 5 Quotations by or about Mamaragan (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Mamaragan (Prime Earth)
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