DC and Marvel both have a Captain Marvel, what’s the story there? What big differences are there between Superman and Shazam?

On December 3rd, 2014, /u/GypsyMonster asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I’m very new to the actual comic books themselves, but have a decent grasp so far…but on to my question.

If I do a Google/Google Image search for “Captain Marvel,” I’ll get about a 50/50 split between Shazam (DC) and Captain Marvel (Marvel). Is there a particular reason for both big two publishers to have the name?

Also, what big differences are there between Superman and Shazam? (I know practically nothing about Shazam other than he looks just like Supes).

OK, here we go… “SHAZAM!”

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What’s up with Earth-8?

On October 14th, 2014, /u/switchfade asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

I’m interested in earth 8 and I like to get started with it,but I’ve searched everywhere and I’m seriously confused. What issues/series should I read?

OK, so nobody has really given you a very satisfactory answer and as no other questions this week have really needed my nerdiness, you get it all. So, here we go.

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