Mary Marvel

Real Name

Mary Batson/Bromfield

First Appearance

Captain Marvel Adventures #18 (1942)

Original Publisher


Created by

Otto Binder and Marc Swayze


When the Batson twins, Billy and Mary Batson, were nursed by a woman named Sarah Primm. However, after their parents died Mary was secretly given to the the wealthy Ms. Bromfield by Mrs. Primm, while Billy was sent to the orphanage.

Years later, Billy received an urgent letter from a dying Sarah Primm. She reveals the truth ans gives him a half of a locket which his sister possessed the other half. Billy told his friend Freddy Freeman and the two heroes transform into Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr. The two of them then begin looking for a contestant on Billy's radio quiz show that had a broken locket. They find the girl is being kidnapped and save her. They reveal their secret identities to Mary and inform her that she is Billy's sister. Mary wonders if she too could transform using Billy's magic word, "Shazam!"

The Kidnappers awaken and gag both of the boys. Mary then accidentally says Shazam and transforms defeating the crooks and saving the boys who dub her Mary Marvel.

Powers and Abilities

Mary Marvel gets her powers from Selena (Grace), Hippolyta (Strength), Ariadne (Skill), Zephyrus (Speed), Aurora (Beauty), Minerva (Wisdom).

Public Domain Appearances

  • Captain Marvel Adventures #18-19, 37
  • Whiz Comics #48
  • Wow Comics #9-35


  • Marvel Comics owns the trademark for the name Captain Marvel. DC comics owns trademarks for the names Shazam and Billy Batson, and Mary Marvel. In order to use Captain Marvel's name it must be used in the interior of the story, the same way DC does to avoid Marvel's trademark on the name.

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