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Subj: Now that you make me think about it ...
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 at 12:54:09 pm EDT (Viewed 136 times)
Reply Subj: Re: CBR article about Captain Mar-Vell
Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 at 12:35:23 pm EDT (Viewed 163 times)

    I've attached the 1976 Marvel Calendar image that I think expresses non-verbally what Mar-Vell means in the minds of many Bronze Age fans.

    Back in the day, "Cosmic Marvel" was pretty much the Surfer, Warlock, and Mar-Vell. Many fans of "Cosmic Marvel" back then, for example myself, would have loved to be able to buy a comic that featured the three icons as some sort of team. When we think of one of these icons we immediately think of the other two.

    So yes - I'd like to see Mar-Vell return. Except I wouldn't. Because I know the Marvel writers of today would never in a million years do him any sort of justice. I say this partly because the Annihilation writers (at least the ones who come to mind) are working for DC nowadays. But also, Mar-Vell is a character who genuinely evolved and who should have continued evolving post-Starlin but never did. He was actively pursuing wisdom. The Bronze Age was perhaps unique in that regard. Pursuing wisdom was a frequent Bronze Age theme. But I guess it didn't sell comics because it didn't persist as a theme in later decades except for the occasional one-off which probably didn't sell.

I have the feeling that Silver Surfer & Galactus belong so much to the FF family of characters that the Surfer is quite different from Mar-Vell & Adam Warlock.

Right from the start, he was defined by what Stan Lee & Jack Kirby made of him.

On the contrary, the iconic versions of Mar-Vell & Adam Warlock come from Jim Starlin, even though Stan Lee created both of them.
(By the way, I think that Jim Starlin never managed to write a likable Silver Surfer.)

Actually, Mar-Vell & Adam Warlock have (too ?) much in common : similar faces, hair color, haircut, characters (Thanos, Eros, Drax), existential questioning, both are cosmic messiah-type characters ...

It may explain why Jim Starlin decided to resurrect Adam Warlock more than once and why he left Mar-Vell dead once & for all.

Not only a superhero definitely dying from a cancer was a novelty but, if a main character was needed later for future stories, he could always use Adam Warlock instead of Mar-Vell as the protagonist.

Also, Mar-Vell had the Captain Marvel alias but Adam Warlock (and the Magus) also had the golden lightning bolt of Fawcett Captain Marvel on one of his costumes !

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