Teth-Adam lived in Ancient Egypt during the time of Hawkman's first life. The wizard Shazam believed him to be pure, and granted him with powers to become the wizard's champion. Teth-Adam served as Shazam's champion for many years until he was corrupted and became evil. Shazam banished him and dubbed him "Black Adam". He went on to become the archenemy of Shazam's new champion.