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Subj: Re: New banner! What 80s or 90s Carol Danvers moments -
Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 at 06:06:47 pm CST (Viewed 303 times)
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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 at 01:26:34 pm CST (Viewed 292 times)

    (I really quite loathed the 90's GotG ongoing series...everything always revolved around characters from the 20th Century)

With a mixed group involving time-travellers, there always was a tendency to write the stories around the character the present-day reader can most easily relate to. The original GotG series was set in the 30th century, but the team was led by 20th-century American boy Vance Astro. The Starjammers don't involve time-travel as such, but they come from a culture that is technologically far advanced beyond 20th-century Earth, the home of their leader Christopher Summers. In both cases the leader of the team is arguably the member least familiar with the world it is set in. And it has to be said that the other members of the Starjammers narratively got a bit of a raw deal vis-à-vis Corsair, tending to be treated as his supporting characters (it didn't really get better for them when Binary and Professor X joined them). Corsair's ascendacy is even highlighted by the fact that he was the only one in the original team who used a code-name and that some of the others go by nicknames he gave them. Nicknames that are firmly based in the culture of America in the (post-WW2) 20th century: Sikorsky (after the helicopter manufacturer), Hepzibah (after the character from Walt Kelly's "Pogo") and Waldo (after the hero of a science fiction story by Robert Heinlein).

In a way it is not dissimilar for nationally mixed teams set in the present. The leaders of the X-teams tend to be North Americans born in the present (this of course includes Cable), others are rare exceptions and usually have short tenures (Nightcrawler in the X-Men, Karma as the original leader of the New Mutants (and even she is a naturalized US citizen), Magneto).

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