Fawcett City

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Fawcett City
Notable charactersCaptain Marvel
Marvel Family
Bulletman and Bulletgirl
Spy Smasher
Ibis the Invincible
Mister Scarlet
Pinky the Whiz Kid
PublisherDC Comics

Fawcett City is a fictional city appearing in stories published by DC Comics.


First mentioned in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 in 1985[1] and later formally established in Jerry Ordway's The Power of Shazam! graphic novel in 1994, it served as the home base of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family during the 1990s and 2000s. Its name is derived from the original publishers of Captain Marvel comics, Fawcett Comics. It is also home to Bulletman and Bulletgirl, Spy Smasher, Ibis the Invincible, Mister Scarlet and Pinky the Whiz Kid and Minute-Man; also characters from Fawcett Comics.

Features of Fawcett City include radio station WHIZ, which employs Captain Marvel's teenaged alter ego Billy Batson as an on-air and field reporter. Streets in Fawcett City have been named in honor of creators who worked on the Shazam! property over the decades, including Otto Binder (Binder Boulevard) and Bill Parker.

Fawcett City, like other fictional cities that appear in comics published by DC, has no exact location, besides being identified as being located in the Midwest region of the United States. However, in the 1990s series The Power of Shazam!, it was suggested that it was located in Wisconsin, thanks to various clues given by writer Jerry Ordway (who grew up in Milwaukee).[2] A Teen Titans Secret Files & Origins special, however, stated that Fawcett City was located in Indiana[3] and a map in JSA vs. Kobra #4 (November 2009) indicates that the city is in Minnesota.[4] Fawcett City is also a small town compared to Metropolis and Gotham City.

The city is distinguished in the comic stories by an old-fashioned look and feel. Despite existing in the modern world, with current technologies and events, Fawcett seems old fashioned, as if stuck in the 1940s or 1950s. This timeless feel was explained in the Power of Shazam! series as being the results of a spell cast over the city in 1955 by Ibis the Invincible. The spell was requested by the wizard Shazam, and was said to have protected Fawcett from the influences of outside evils and slowed the passage of time. For the next forty years within the DC Universe, the city existed as a time-warp of sorts to the 1950s. The spell was shown to be removed in Power of Shazam! #11 (January 1996), and Fawcett began to slowly become a more modern city, although most of its Art Deco style buildings and generally old-fashioned values remain intact.

Other stories featuring the Captain Marvel/Shazam! characters were set in other locales. The Fawcett-era and 1973-1985 (pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths) DC-era stories were set in a New York in an alternate universe known as Earth-S. The 1987 miniseries Shazam! The New Beginning was set in San Francisco, and the most recent 2012-2013 Shazam! story from the pages of Justice League was set in Philadelphia. Alternate universe versions of the Marvel Family, as depicted in The Multiversity, live in Fawcett City on what is known as "Earth-5" in the DC Universe.

Points of interest[edit]

  • Beckville - A neighborhood in Fawcett City. It is named after C. C. Beck.[5]
  • Binder Square - Fawcett City's recreational area.[5]
  • Binder Subway Station - A subway station that Billy Batson went through where he was called through a portal to the Rock of Eternity where he met Shazam.[6]
  • Sivana Industries - A large and successful company that is owned by Thaddeus Sivana.[5]
  • WHIZ Radio - Fawcett City's radio station.[7]

In other media[edit]


  • Fawcett City appears in The Kid Superpower Hour with Shazam!
  • Fawcett City appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "The Clash".
  • Fawcett City appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Power of Shazam".


Fawcett City appears in Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam.


  1. Crisis oInfinitete Earths #7 (1985). DC Comics.
  2. "Creator Profile: Jerry Ordway". Comic Art Community. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  3. DC Atlas - Great Lakes Region
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2009-11-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Power of Shazam Graphic Novel. DC Comics
  6. Power of Shazam #18. DC Comics
  7. Whiz Comics #2. Fawcett Comics.


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