They have similar powers, costumes, and mores. Beyond that, both Superman and Shazam share an incredibly hilarious quality that fans never realized.
The late 1930s and early 1940s saw the creation of two iconic DC Comics superheroes who would change the world—Superman and Captain Marvel, who now shares his name with the Wizard Shazam. Today, Clark Kent and Billy Batson are still among the most uplifting and motivating DC characters of all time. Both have similar powers, wear capes, and remain pure-hearted champions who serve the world. However, the two share an incredibly coincidental trait that most fans don’t know about.
Back in the 1970s, DC Comics released calendars with tons of fun facts and important dates about their universe. The Super DC timelines ran from 1976 to 1978. Although they were short-lived, they still contain some interesting information. A February 2020 blog post on the Sideshow Collectibles website notes that 1976 was also a leap year and reveals some hilarious anecdotes about Clark Kent and Billy Batson.
The 1976 Super DC Calendar highlights the birthdays of Clark Kent and Billy Batson in February. However, the coincidence does not end there. Not only do Shazam and Superman share a birthday month, February 29, also known as Leap Day – a day that only happens once every four years – is their joint birthday. The odds of two people sharing a leap day birthday are precisely 2,922 to one. The chances of Superman and Shazam sharing this birthday aren’t just another hilarious similarity between the two; it’s probably DC Comics’ funniest calculable coincidence. Some questions remain for die-hard comic book fans: Is this ’70s DC vacation still canon? Were they ever legit?
This Superman birth date is confirmed by DC comics. Some fans may know Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Annual Superman #11, “For the Man Who Has Everything”, and his Justice League Unlimited adaptation. The story pits DC’s Trinity and Jason Todd’s Robin against Mongul. The tyrannical oppressor of Warworld torments Superman with the Black Mercy, an alien parasite that traps Superman in a happy life on Krypton. Jor-El and Lara are alive, and Kal has a son with a Kryptonian actress and lover of Superman’s Silver Age comics: Lyla Lor-El. Wonder Woman and Batman eventually bring Clark back to reality, and Jason Todd is actually the one to defeat Mongul. More importantly, history backs up the calendar’s claim: Superman’s birthday is indeed February 29th.
Whether or not there’s some wizard magic involved in this coincidence, Clark Kent and Billy Batson’s shared birthday is undeniably phenomenal. Fans might also notice other fun February events on the supposedly accurate calendar, like Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s wedding anniversary, which lands on Valentine’s Day. There are also consecutive birthdays for Eobard Thawne, Hal Jordan and Bruce Wayne. “For the Man Who Has Everything”, which still has some relevance in DC Comicsprove the 1970s calendars are accurate, at least before Crisis on Infinite Earths rebooted the DC Universe. Nevertheless, more fans should recognize Shazam and Superman really do share a birthday.
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Source: Sideshow Collectibles
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