Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, may be the first character in the Marvel Universe to actually really own the name.  (And I say that as someone who was around during Mar-Vell’s waning days at the end of the 1970s; there’s a reason he was killed, and he is much more memorable as “The Guy That Died” than he was in any of his often-retooled personas.)  That said, there’s just something about the name “Ms. Marvel” that is wonderful.  It’s pure 1970s, invoking the Equal Rights Act, her sheer power and (somehow) ‘One Day At A Time.’  Still, being named as The Girl Version of another hero is legitimately a problematic trend in comic books, leading us to today’s Farrah-haired query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always thought that “Lady Whatever” sounded really cool, and “She-Whatsit” didn’t always, asking: Which ‘She’, ‘Ms.’ or ‘Lady’ hero names are legitimately awesome regardless of their problematic nature?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


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