Black Adam is a fictional anti-hero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, the character is a recurring enemy of Shazam and the nemesis of the Marvel Family. Black Adam first appeared as a one-time villain for the first issue of Fawcett Comics' The Marvel Family comic book (December 1945). However, Black Adam was revived as a recurring character after DC Comics first licensed and then acquired the Fawcett characters and began publishing Captain Marvel/Marvel Family stories under the title Shazam! in the 1970s.