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Subj: The editors' mistake
Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 at 08:36:21 am EDT (Viewed 47 times)
Reply Subj: Re: CBR attempts to explain why Carol Danvers was NOT present in Death of Captain Marvel
Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 at 08:12:11 am EDT (Viewed 52 times)
Quote:It really is odd that Starlin didn't include Carol, as a two-page weep-and-hug-fest between Carol and Mar-Vell would have fit the tone of the story perfectly.
In my opinion, the editors are to blame.
I don't think that Jim Starlin read any of the Ms. Marvel issues or that he might even have remembered that she was a superheroine.
When he wrote & pencilled the Death of Captain Marvel, he probably only remembered that, many years earlier, Carol Danvers had been part of the supporting cast. And back then, Carol was flirting with Mar-Vell whereas Mar-Vell was in love with Una. It is not what I would call a strong relationship.
The one & only time that Jim Starlin used Carol Danvers, ... it was in the last issue of his run on the Captain Marvel book, in 1974.
In this issue, the interaction between Mar-Vell & Carol Danvers is limited to the exchange of information about the nerve gas stolen from Carol's custody by Nitro (see the pictures below).
In the same issue, Mar-Vell was poisoned by the nerve gas that ultimately killed him much later.
Back then, Carol Danvers didn't show to have any kind of superpower. Even though that she might have them already, she only officially became Ms. Marvel later, in 1977.
I don't think that Jim Starlin cared about Ms. Marvel since he had never been involved in the creative process that turned Carol Danvers in a superheroine to begin with. It happened after he stopped writing Captain Marvel and, as far as I remember, she never appeared in the Adam Warlock book when he was the writer.
The Death of Captain Marvel was published in 1982. We can presume that Jim Starlin wrote & pencilled the Death of Captain Marvel in 1981.
Between the end of 1980 and the first half of 1981, not only was Carol Danvers no more a superheroine but also she was in comics limbo (actually, she was LITERALLY in limbo !).
It is highly possible that the editors forgot to tell Jim Starlin that she was back from limbo in Avengers Annual Vol 1 #10.
So, when Jim Starlin pencilled the huge gathering of superheroes from the Death of Captain Marvel, he probably tried to gather all the "active" superheroes at the time and, thus, Carol Danvers was totally forgotten in the process.
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