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Shazam turns into a superhero and back by saying his name. So how does he introduce himself?

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Do you perhaps mean Captain Marvel? Whose name is not Shazam? –  Zibbobz Jul 31 at 16:13
    
He spells it out, of course. :P –  Shisa Jul 31 at 16:16
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The same way Beetlejuice does - charades! –  phantom42 Jul 31 at 16:40
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@Zibbobz - geeksofdoom.com/2012/01/30/… –  Richard Jul 31 at 18:07
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I came here looking for Shaq and was disappointed. –  Koveras Jul 31 at 21:09

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It's not saying the word "Shazam" that results in his transformation, it's saying the word "Shazam!" (complete with exclamation mark in most cases) and with the intention of transforming.

As you see from the panel below from the Curse of Shazam, he's perfectly capable of introducing himself without transforming:

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In short, he introduces himself by saying "Hello, I'm Shazam"

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@user14111 - Wikipedia suggests it was automatic and happened at least once by accident –  Richard Jul 31 at 18:41
    
I don't think the intention necessarily has to be transformation, seeing how often he uses the lightning as a weapon. But yes, you seem to be right about the fact that intent matters. –  TenthJustice Jul 31 at 18:43
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Gonna have to read that comic. The reason why I asked was I was reading Injustice (like an alternate timeline thing, if you didn't know) and Wonder Woman got Black Adam to say his magic word with the Lasso Of Truth and he turned back into himself. I assumed that meant Shazam would have the same problem, although from what I'm hearing it sounds like it's whatever's convenient to the writers. Thanks for the responses! –  PointlessSpike Jul 31 at 20:26
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Pre-crisis it appears to have been different. For instance in DC Comics Presents # 34 where Superman is in Captain Marvels dimension and they temporarily both change by saying Shazam! the following dialogue appears where Captain Marvel is starting to talk about Supermans X-ray vision: "..How'd you ever learn to control that power, so you didn't become a peeping tom?" "Same way you learned not to say Shaz-- er, that word-- in the middle of a volcano!" –  sigber Aug 1 at 7:12

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