48 years ago this month, Marvel Comics launched a character destined to create hundreds of semantic arguments over the ensuing decades. Is he Captain Marvel or Captain Mar-Vell? However you want to designate him, this is the first appearance of the greatest Kree warrior of them all. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Marvel Super-Heroes #12 awaits!
Or – “No, It’s Not Spelled Mar-Vell At This Point, Thank You Very Much.” Before 1982, Captain Marvel existed mostly as a way for Marvel Comics to thumb their nose at the Distinguished Competition. What, you ask, would be the story to finally change that situation? I’ll warn you, it ain’t like your average episode of ‘Happy Days.’ Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
AUTHOR NOTE: This article is not an all inclusive study of the Marvelman character.Â There are issues in the creation and subsequent history of Marvelman that have not been touched on in years, and this is a basic rundown of the evolution of the character from publisher to publisher. The seeds of Marvelman as a character where planted in 1941, when National Periodical Publications (know today as DC Comics) sued Fawcett Comics for copyright infringement over their publication of the character Captain Marvel, saying it was to close to their own character Superman.Â The case languished in court for years,
Or – “Kree? Skrull? WAR!” The presence of Mar-Vell of the Kree in the present-day Marvel Universe has raised all sorts of questions…Â How can he be here?Â Why now?Â Who let that rhinocerous on this bus?Â Isn’t his costume awesome?Â How the hell did he manage to stay dead for more than half an hour in a Marvel comic, anyway?Â Now, as obscure clues which might, possibly, point to the answers come to light, even Marv can’t be sure he is who he thinks he is…Â Is he a Kree?Â Is he a Skrull infiltrator?Â Is he a dot?Â
I love Terry Dodson’s art, and was disappointed to see him leave Wonder Woman. But Good News Everyone! You can check out Dodson working his magic on the variant covers to Captain Marvel #4 and Ms. Marvel #25. â€œWeâ€™re excited to offer fans these gorgeous variants by Terry Dodson to highlight two important Secret Invasion tie-ins,â€ said David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales & Circulation. â€œThese are the moments fans have been waiting for as Secret Invasion kicks into high gear and takes over 2008.â€ I know the variant cover craze should have died in the 90s, but if it
Or – “What The Heck Do I Call A Dead Character NOW?” There’s an inherent pitfall to the way I do my reviews. My rules are simple: I pick some titles to go over, stick ’em in a pile by my comfy chair, and review them, in roughly chronological order. Scan the good bits, babble incoherently, then enjoy a Milk-Bone in a commie-free world. But when a book comes out that has spoilery material, it quickly becomes a topic of discussion, and makes me feel like I’m behind the curve when I get ’round to it. Case in point? Civil