Captain Marvels and Carol Danvers stories have intertwined through the years. Sometimes they were separate people, sometimes love interests and sometimes they were a single person. Their history isn’t exactly simple so let’s see if we can clarify things.
Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (Dec. 1967) Featuring Captain Marvel – 1st Appearance of Captain Marvel or Mar-vell (green and white costume) Captain Marvel was actually a Kree warrior named Captain Mar-vell. His commander Colonel Yon-Rogg sent him to earth on a suicide mission to steal his girlfriend, Medic Una. When Yon-Rogg was firing a weapon at him a small plane got between the Kree ship and Captain Mar-vell, thus saving Mar-vell but killing the occupant. The human on board the plane was a scientist named Walter Lawson. Mar-vell saw this as an opportunity to get a human identity and assumed the name Walter Lawson.
Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (Mar. 1968) Featuring Captain Marvel – 2nd Appearance of Captain Marvel and the 1st Appearance of Carol Danvers. At her introduction, Carol Danvers is the head of security for Cape Canaveral.
Captain Marvel #1 (May 1968) – Captain Marvel gets his own series that lasts for 62 issues (from May 1968 to May 1979)
Captain Marvel #17 (Oct 1969) – Captain Marvel gets a new costume red/blue with a gold star
Captain Marvel #18 (Nov 1969) – Carol Danvers gets her powers.
Captain Marvel #50 (May 1977) – 1st Appearance of Minn-Erva or Doctor Minerva. This book could become important since she is in the new Captain Marvel movie and is played by the stunning Gemma Chan. (see picture to the right)
Ms. Marvel #1 (January 1977) – 1st Carol Danvers as Ms. Marvel. In this series, Ms. Marvel and Carol Danvers are the same person but neither remembers the actions of being the other. In lasted for 23 issues ending in April 1979.
Ms. Marvel #19 (Aug. 1978) – Ronan the Accuser wants to take Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel to Kree-Lar. Her origin is explained that she was exposed to the Psyche-Magnitron. In those moments by the Psyche-Magnitron she wished to have power equal to Captain Marvel and the machine made it so. She was remade cell by cell to be a mix of Kree and Human.
Ms. Marvel #20 (Oct. 1978) – Ms. Marvel gets a new costume black with a yellow lightning bolt and a red sash
Avengers #183 (May 1979) – After Ms. Marvel’s series was canceled she became part of the Avengers. The new team formed in issue 181 but Scarlet Witch took a leave of absence so Ms. Marvel filled her spot on the team with issue 183.
Avengers Annual #10 (Jan. 1981) – In the battle between Rogue and Ms. Marvel, Rogue absorbs the mind and power of Carol Danvers. Carol Danvers mind would fight to show itself while her body was in a coma. When her body and mind were reunited she no longer had powers.
Marvel Graphic Novel #1 (Feb. 1982) – The Death of Captain Marvel in which he dies of cancer. The cover is a copy of the statue by Michelangelo of Mary holding the body of Jesus (Pieta)
Uncanny X-men #164 (Dec. 1982) – Carol Danvers was made into Binary by an alien race called the Brood. She was powered by cosmic energy.
Amazing Spider-man Annual #16 (Aug. 1982) – 1st Appearance of Monica Rambeau as new Captain Marvel. She is the first female Captain Marvel.
House of M #1 (Aug. 2005) – When Scarlet Witch morphed reality Carol Danvers wore the costume of Ms. Marvel but was called Captain Marvel. In this reality, she was the most popular superhero and returned to her roots of being a strong confident woman.
Secret Avengers #26 (June 2012) – The secret Avengers, including Ms. Marvel, go to the Kree homeworld to protect it against Phoenix. While there they find the resurrected Captain Marvel, aka Mar-vell. He sacrifices himself in issue #28 which inspires Ms. Marvel to take his moniker.
Avenging Spider-man #9 (Sep. 2012) – 1st Appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. New costume Red/Blue with a gold star but with a sash like Ms. Marvel wore. This issue came out on July 11th while Captain Marvel #1 came out on July 18th.
Captain Marvel #1 (Sep. 2012) – 2nd Appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel.
by Captain Ron