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Black Adam

Black Adam
Cover of 52 #45 (March 2007). Art by J. G. Jones. All DC Comics characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 1939-2008 DC Comics, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Black Adam is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck, the character is a archenemy of Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel, and the nemesis of the Marvel/Shazam 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.

As originally depicted, Black Adam was a corrupted, ancient Egyptian predecessor of Captain Marvel, who fought his way to modern times to challenge the hero and his Marvel Family associates. Since the turn of the 21st century, however, Black Adam has been re-defined by DC Comics writers Jerry OrdwayGeoff Johns, and David S. Goyer as a corrupted antihero attempting to clear his name and reputation. Featured roles in such comic book series as Justice Society of America (JSA), Villains UnitedInfinite Crisis, and 52 have elevated the character to an unprecedented level of prominence in the overall universe of DC Comics characters.

In 2009, Black Adam was ranked as IGN‘s 16th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. Dwayne Johnson has been cast as Black Adam for an upcoming Black Adam feature film from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.. Set in the DC Extended Universe film franchise.

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Black Adam
Medium outsider (Lawful, Proxy)
Wounds194 WP, 715 VP (26d8+598)
Speed420 ft; fly 840 ft. (perfect)
Armor Class35 (+5 Dexterity, +6 natural, +14 speed) touch 29, flat footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple+26/+84
AttackSlam +64 melee (5d6 + 31 /19-20)
Full Attack2 slams +64 melee (5d6 + 31 /19-20)
Space/Reach5 ft. /5 ft.
Special AttacksImproved grab, power word Shazam
Special QualitiesDamage reduction 45/epic, immune to electricity and fear, resistance to energy (all) 50, SHAZAM, Spell Resistance 30, super speed, super strength
SavesFort +36, Ref +35, Will +27
AbilitiesStrength 59, Dexterity 23, Constitution 56, Intelligence 15, Wisdom 26, Charisma 20
SkillsDiplomacy +25, Gather Information +20, Intimidate +34, Jump+180, Knowledge (arcane) +18, Knowledge (civics) +30, Knowledge(current events) +20, Knowledge (history) +31, Listen +47, Move Silently +26, Sense Motive +47, Spot +47, Survival +25
FeatsCleave, Combat Reflexes, Fly-by Attack, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Critical (slam), Improved Sunder, Power Attack
Epic FeatsEpic Toughness, Epic Will
OrganizationSolitary (unique)
Challenge Rating45
AlignmentLawful Evil with Lawful Neutral tendencies

Black Adam’s natural weapons count as magic and lawful aligned for the purposes of overcoming damage reduction or regeneration.

Improved Grab: Adam must hit a large or smaller creature with his slam attack to use this ability.

Power Word Shazam (Su): By calling out “Shazam!”, Black Adam invokes the magical energy which grants him his powers. This deals 25d6 magic electricity and divine damage to everyone adjacent to or grappling with Black Adam. Adam also loses all of his Shazam special qualities in his normal form.

SHAZAM: Adam possesses the following divine powers.

  • Stamina of Shu: Black Adam receives a +40 enhancement bonus to Constitution, damage reduction 20/-, +6 natural armor and resistance to energy (all) 50.
  • Swiftness of Heru: Black Adam receives a +10 enhancement bonus to Dexterity and super speed level 14.
  • Strength of Amon: Black Adam receives a +40 enhancement bonus to strength, super strength and a slam attack dealing 5d6 damage.
  • Wisdom of Zhuti: Black Adam receives a +10 enhancement bonus to his Wisdom. His senses are supernaturally acute.
  • Power of Aton: Black Adam possesses damage reduction 45/epic, Spell Resistance 30 and immunity to lightning.
  • Courage of Mehen: Black Adam is immune to fear.

Super Speed Level 14 (Ex):

  • +14 speed bonus to AC, initiative, and Reflex saves
  • +14 speed bonus to attack rolls
  • +7 speed bonus to melee damage rolls
  • Adam may make 14 additional swift actions in a round.
  • Adam reduces the amount of time to complete an action by 3 steps, allowing him to take full round actions as swift actions and standard actions as immediate actions.
  • Characters with less than Superspeed level 7 are considered flat-footed for the purposes of Adam’s attacks. Characters with Uncanny Dodge have an effective Superspeed Level equal to their Dexterity modifier for this purpose.
  • When using the run action, Adam moves 40 times his movement rate. (16,800 feet; fly 33,600 feet)

Superstrength Level 10 (Ex):

Skills: Adam has a +10 bonus on Listen, Sense Motive and Spot checks.

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