“C” Is For …
… Captain Marvel! (1968)
And here I mean the copyright-driven version of the character published by Marvel Comics, and not the original holder of the name.
With this selection, I’m clearly picking a sentimental favorite book that is pretty far from being the best “C” comic out there (whatever “best” means when we are talking comics nostalgia). My attachment to Captain Marvel is emotional and multi-layered. It was reading Jim Starlin’s Captain Marvel #34 as a kid that I first understood what a dynamic and energetic form of storytelling that comics can be. I’ve written that the character’s story arc is a kind of accidental masterpiece — and I am still deeply attracted to Captain Marvel’s journey from war hero to enlightened man of peace. I have an unaccountable nostalgia for Cap’s white-and-greens phase (and was re-reading and enjoying those stories just a couple weeks ago). I also love the Marvel “Cosmics,” and along with Warlock and the Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel is the torch-bearer for that particular superhero comics subgenre.
Nah, I’m just hooked on this hopeless character. I don’t even get the satisfaction of seeing him get a movie (that’s going to be the other Captain Marvel — and that’s fine, I like Carol, too). It’s not convenient, it’s not easy to explain, it doesn’t make sense, and I’m sticking with it. Captain Marvel is my man. May he rest in peace.
Tell me your “C” stories, in the comments section below!
Read more about Captain Marvel at Longbox Graveyard:
- The Death of Captain Marvel
- Captain Marvel Gallery
- Captain Not-So-Marvelous
- Out Of The Holocaust — A Hero!
- Blown Away!
Check out the complete Longbox Graveyard Comics A-To-Z HERE!