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New HC – retail 49.99 – Captain Marvel Masterworks 1 (Marvel Super-Heroes 12-13, Captain Marvel 1-9; w Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake; a Gene Colan, Don Heck). [From Marvel Comics: There’s no question we’re back and better than ever, so brace yourself for the fabulous 50th Masterworks volume featuring a brand new Silver Age success story—Captain Marvel! That’s right, True Believers, the space-born super hero is coming at you with scintillating science fiction in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Crafted by the titanic talents of Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gene Colan with a hearty helping from inheritors Arnold Drake and Don Heck, you’re going to need your breathing potion to keep up with the Kree Captain! Branded a traitor by the vicious Colonel Yon-Rogg of the Kree for defending the people of Earth, Captain Mar-Vell assumes the human identity of Walter Lawson and becomes the planet’s protector against an awesome array of interstellar baddies! Prepare to batten down the hatches for battles with the massive Sentry #459, the savage Super-Skrull, Prince Namor of Atlantis himself and Quasimodo the Living Computer! While you’re at it don’t forget to grab some tissues for the heartbroken Medic Una as the good Captain falls for Avenger-to-be Carol Danvers in her first-ever appearance!] Old Book of the Week 12/21/05: The original Captain Marvel didn’t really hit its stride until Jim Starlin took over, but these early issues (of a series designed mainly to stake a claim to the title Captain Marvel) have their own goofy charm, especially for us old fogies with fond memories. The art by Gene Colan manages to shine through Vinnie Colletta’s inks in the early issues, and the story is an interesting artifact of the pre-Apollo space race. A bonus is the delightfully awful attempt to portray a liberated woman in security chief Carol Danvers, who somehow manages to hit all the stereotypes she is supposed to be breaking. The later issues settle into monster of the month mode, but overall this is a worthwhile book for those stricken by green and white nostalgia.

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