Monday, January 7, 2008

1970's Flashback: Ms. Marvel

As a qualifier,this week there will be four "1970's Flashbacks" focusing on Marvel Comics characters who originally appeared in the 1960's, but who achieved their greatest prominence beginning in the disco decade of the 70's. First up Carol Susan Jane Danvers aka Ms. Marvel.

The character first appeared (as the non-super-powered Carol Danvers) in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March 1968) and then as Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977). Danvers is a retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence agent turned NASA Security Chief, and a romantic interest to the extraterrestrial hero Captain Marvel. After she is caught in the radiation emitted by the explosion of the Kree "Psyche-Magnitron" device (technology which was derived from Marvel’s Kree home world), Carol gains superhuman strength and the ability to fly, among other talents, and becomes Ms. Marvel. During her series' short life span, Ms. Marvel was portrayed as a distinctly feminist hero. Following periods where she was involved with the Avengers & the X-Men; during which she was known as Binary and Warbird, Carol has returned to her identity of Ms. Marvel and is currently leader of the Mighty Avengers team.

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