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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Whatever happened to DC using the National Comics characters?

On October 1st, 2015, /u/PrinceAuryn asked the following on /r/DCcomics:

According to this, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Comics_(series), there was talk of reviving certain characters into New52 like Kid Eternity, who seems to have a cool power. Did this just fall by the wayside?

Well, there’s really been too main attempts to get the people interested in the characters, and we’ll cover both below!

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