The current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, was originally Ms. Marvel, starring in her own comic book launched by Marvel in 1977 lasting a couple of years. Originally written by Gerry Conway and drawn by John Buscema, it was soon taken over by writer Chris Claremont, who would also go on to turn the moribund X-Men comic book into a genuine worldwide phenomena and Marvel’s most successful title, as well as bringing Carol Danvers into the X-Men title after her own series was cancelled.
Carol Danvers is now known as Captain Marvel and her movie just hit this weekend. It has become somewhat of a hot political potato amongst some – the allegation is that Marvel has taken a classic superheroine character from the seventies and used her for their identity politics and virtue signalling ends, betraying the original character – especially that her costume is from the most recent comics version of the character that doesn’t show off her navel anymore.
And it’s been framed as some kind of modern politically correct, radically feminist diatribe against men and a betrayal of how the character was originally created in the good old seventies.
Which is odd, because all this were just the kind of things that people were discussing back in 1977 as well. Here are few letters from the first year the comic was published, from its letters column, Ms Prints.
It begins with a letter a NASA electrical engineer, Cynthia Walker, who also co-owned a comic book store, objecting to the use of the identifier Ms rather than Miss, at the time an incredibly radically feminist notion that a woman need not be defined as…