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2989: Ms. Marvel #1 (v1)

" This Woman, This Warrior! "
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Ms. Marvel #1 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Archie Goodwin
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Colourists: Marie Severin
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Gerry Conway
Cover Date: January 1977
Release Date: -
Story Arc: -
Pages: 17
Cover Price: $0.30
Times Read: 196                 Times Rated: 106
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Eternals #11 (v1)
Eternals #12 (v1)
Ms. Marvel #1 (v1)
Ms. Marvel #2 (v1)
Ms. Marvel #3 (v1)
2987: Eternals
#11 (v1)
2988: Eternals
#12 (v1)
 
2990: Ms. Marvel
#2 (v1)
2991: Ms. Marvel
#3 (v1)
 
 
Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Ms. Marvel
Ms. Marvel last appeared in Captain Marvel #40 (v1). Ms. Marvel next appears in Ms. Marvel #2 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #169 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Ms. Marvel #3 (v1).
     
  Peter Parker
Peter Parker last appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #8 (v1). Peter Parker next appears in Defenders #52 (v1).
     
  Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson last appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #7 (v1). Mary Jane Watson next appears in Ms. Marvel #2 (v1).
     
  Joe Robertson
Joe Robertson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #167 (v1). Joe Robertson next appears in Marvel Team-Up #56 (v1).
     
  Hewlit
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Hewlit in the mainstream continuity.
     
Villains
  Scorpion
Scorpion last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #146 (v1). Scorpion next appears in Ms. Marvel #2 (v1).
     
  Kerwin Korman
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Kerwin Korman in the mainstream continuity. Kerwin Korman next appears in Ms. Marvel #2 (v1).
     
  Gunner
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Gunner in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Frankie
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Frankie in the mainstream continuity.
     
 
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #7 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Ms. Marvel #2 (v1).
   
     
New York Police Department
New York Police Department last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #170 (v1). New York Police Department next appears in Iron Fist #11 (v1).
   
     
Woman Magazine
This is the first appearance by Woman Magazine in the mainstream continuity. Woman Magazine next appears in Ms. Marvel #2 (v1).
   
     
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RikerDonegal
   March 13, 2015
Very enjoyable first issue. Thereís plenty of action, a compelling, formidable and sympathetic villain plus a lead character thatís likeable and mysterious. 8/10
 
 
 
 
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Comments
   
 
  sewixo Says:    
  2013-01-09 14:01:36  
  Seventh sense, huh? One better than that Osment kid.

Never heared of Ms. Marvel before. C'mon gang! Let's see what is she all about!
 
 
 

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2013-04-11 04:51:08  
  -Not nearly as annoying as the other debut "in the tradition of Spider-Man."
-I did enjoy MM's hot pants and exposed midriff.
-The ham-handed final page does much to undermine a decent first issue. "She doesn't know who she is!"
 
 
 

  JWC Says:    
  2013-07-09 22:35:26  
  I thought this was a pretty good start to the Ms Marvel series. I don't know much about her, other than what happens with Rogue. I'm looking forward to this series.  
 
 

  ultimoastros Says:    
  2013-09-17 20:28:43  
  Was a much better read than I expected it to be!  
 
 

  Gecko Says:    
  2013-11-08 13:52:13  
  This was a pleasant surprise. And the costume, to quote an old guy, Ohhh Myyyy  
 
 

  Drax Says:    
  2014-02-04 09:51:59  
  Poor Ms. Marvel, she ran out of fabric before finishing the back of her costume.  
 
 

  spencer617 Says:    
  2014-05-26 22:15:40  
  Jfpj1991, that sort of misogyny is neither helpful nor amusing. Comments like that and the pervasive attitude it represents are why comics are a dying ghetto and not a thriving industry in the United States.  
 
 

  danico Says:    
  2014-09-22 12:51:41  
  Was mid-battle really the best time for her to give a long explanation of her background and powers?  
 
 

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-09-22 17:25:11  
  That costume is even more ludicrous than I remembered, but the story was otherwise fine.  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2016-01-14 20:17:22  
  I'm getting my wife a Ms. Marvel costume for halloween. Giggity giggity giggity!!!  
 
 

  heman0420 Says:    
  2016-02-06 23:56:26  
  Decent first issue. I am looking forward to the origin story.  
 
 

  Xythe Says:    
  2016-11-21 12:22:42  
  Dear lord that costume is dreadful.  
 
 

  phogbear Says:    
  2017-02-25 20:52:46  
  What is happening page 2 panel 5? Looks like a pair of mummies are be slammed out the roof of the car instead of the two bad guys.  
 
 

 
 
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      Scene one, take seventeen.

      For the past hour, Iíve been trying to start this letters page for the first issue of MS. MARVEL, and Iíve been getting nowhere. There are so many things I want to say, Iím tripping all over myself trying to say them. If youíll bear with me, Iíll try to get through this as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

First of all, thereís Ms. Marvel.

      She isnít your average super-heroine (we hope). For one thing, at this point she doesnít even know her own secret identity. Oh, yes, she has powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal women; but her weakness (if it is a weakness, Iím not sure it is) is almost as great as her super-strength or seventh sense or power of flight. She doesnít know who she is.

Now, if youíll think about that for a moment, you might see a parallel between her quest for identity, and the modern womanís quest for raised consciousness, for self-liberation, for identity. In a way, thatís intentional. She is not a Marvel Girl; sheís a woman, not a Miss or a Mrs. Ė a Ms. Her own person. Herself.

But she doesnít know who she isÖ

      Naturally, in time, sheíll learn her true identity (in two issues, to be exact, if youíre statistically inclined), but that search for self will continue for as long as the character lasts. Mr. Marvel is many things, but most of all sheís a growing personality, constantly reaching for a better understanding of herself as a human being.

But why the name Ms. Marvel?

      I believe it was Roy Thomas who suggested the name when Stan Lee suggested the book. But that was before my rearrival at Marvel, and Iím not sure. Other writers were scheduled to do the book at one time or another, but eventually it came to me; and Iíve since developed my own ideas, uninfluenced by whatever thinking may have gone before. Ms. Marvel. Two things about that name struck me as important Ė the Ms. and the Marvel. We have a character called Captain Marvel, and since Iím a continuity fan from way back, I decided that one Marvel should be tied to the other; and when I came up with that bright thought, I remembered a character from the early issues of the CAPTAIN MARVEL book Ė a security agent at Cape Kennedy named Carol Danvers. Any woman who could become a NASA Security Chief in those pre-Liberation days, had to be a woman whoíd call herself Ms. Since Ms. Danvers had dropped from sight a while ago, it occurred to me that there might have been sufficient changes in her life to a) bring her to New York and into contact with other members of our supporting cast (Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker, et. Al), and b) change her into a first-class super-heroine.

      The rest, as they say, was simple.

      But not so simpleÖ

      Like anyone whoís been alive in the past decade or so, Iím aware of the tremendous changes occurring in society; and like anyone whoís lived with those changes, Iíve changed myself. Only a fathead would call himself a reformed male chauvinist and expect people to take him seriously; thatís not the sort of judgment a man can make about himself. One lacks perspective. Still, if not totally liberated, I know enough to be aware that a problem exists, and to understand that weíre all susceptible to chauvinism at times. Thus, approaching the character of Ms. Marvel, I bent over backward to put myself in her point of view, and because Iím a writer (and because injecting oneself into a character is the writerís craft), I believe I succeeded. Like I said, not so simpleÖ

      Which raises another, thornier, question. Why is a man writing this book about a woman? Why didnít a woman create Ms. Marvel?

And to that question, there really are no simple answersÖ.

For one thing, for whatever reason (right or wrong), at the moment there are no thoroughly trained and qualified women writers working in the super-hero comics field (By making that statement Iíve alienated half a dozen talented women; but I stand by what I said Ė no women writers trained in super-hero comics. There should be, no denying it; but there arenít. Thatís one reason.

      Reason two is more personal. A man is writing this book because a man wants to write this book: me. Itís a challenge. I want to do it. More reasons than this, I donít personally need.

Reason three is Ė why not a man. If the womenís liberation movement means anything, itís a battle for equality of the sexes. And itís my contention that a man, properly motivated and aware of the pitfalls, can write a woman character as well as a woman. There used to be a belief that women couldnít write convincing male adventure stories, but in many fields, thatís been proven completely untrue. I hold that the reverse is equally untrue Ė that men ďcanítĒ write convincing women. That men havenít written convincing women in the past, doesnít mean it canít be done; it simply means that those men Ė as individuals Ė could not. Whether I can or not is something youíll have to decide; but in the abstract Ė why not?

Well as I said at the beginning of this page, Iíve been trying for over an hour to write what Iíve written, and at least itís done.       Forgive the lack of organization, the rambling and partial incoherency, if you can. Itís after 3:00 AM, and the poor manís mind is going. This has been one of the hardest introductions IĎve ever completed but it is completed, and Iím going to leave it as written.

      At the very least, itíll give you a stellar picture of a mind deteriorating from pressure and lack of sleep.

And at the most, it might just have given you a thought or two to mull over, about the woman warrior we proudly call Ö Ms. Marvel.

-G.C.

 
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   April 18, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for J. Jonah Jameson.
   April 18, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for Ms. Marvel.
   April 18, 2017 fragsel Added Woman Magazine to the issue.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Changed comic details.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Changed comic details.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Updated the listing for Joe Robertson.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Updated the listing for Peter Parker.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Updated the listing for Ms. Marvel.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Updated the listing for J. Jonah Jameson.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Added Daily Bugle to the issue.
   March 5, 2017 Neskit Added New York Police Department to the issue.
   January 17, 2017 fragsel Added Frankie to the issue.
   January 17, 2017 fragsel Added Gunner to the issue.
   January 16, 2017 fragsel Added Hewlit to the issue.
   August 31, 2013 sewixo Updated the listing for Kerwin Korman.
   May 8, 2013 Calthor Changed comic details.
     
 
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