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The Death of Captain Marvel (Marvel Graphic Novel #1)

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Captain Marvel wielded his cosmic powers in defense of the galaxy, but exposure to a carcinogenic nerve gas causes him to succumb to an incurable cancer.
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Published September 1st 1994 by Marvel Comics Group (first published April 1982)
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Jennifer
I'd heard this was a really powerful story, but I knew next to nothing about Captain Marvel and didn't have much interest in the character. However, I spotted this at a comic shop sale and decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. I really thing the 80s-era Marvel graphic novels have produced some of the greatest writing about these characters. The length is just right for telling a complete, self-contained story in the pre-decompression style of the time, and the bigger pages and advanced...more
Sesana
The new-ish hardcover release of The Death of Captain Marvel packages Captain Marvel #34 and Marvel Spotlight #1-2 with the original graphic novel. I've read a handful of these 80s Marvel graphic novels. They're all short, though significantly longer than a regular issue, with extra attention paid to the art. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills is another in the line.

As expected, the title graphic novel has the death of a Marvel superhero, Captain Marvel, not from violence but from cancer. I was pretty...more
Devero
Questa fu la prima Graphic Novel della Marvel. Nel senso che il termine nasce e si applica per la prima volta a quest'opera di Jim Starlin.
Sono passati almeno due decenni da quando la lessi per la prima volta, nell'edizione Play press, ma ricordo ancora bene tutti i passaggi. In fondo è una storia comune, come tutte le famiglie moderne hanno avuto od hanno: un proprio caro malato di tumore. In questo caso è un eroe, simbolo di un periodo, la fine degli anni '60. A che serve l'eroismo di fronte a...more
Jdetrick
As a person recently in remission from cancer after initially receiving a terminal diagnosis, I won't pretend that I have any objective ness when it comes to reviewing works in which cancer is a central theme. That being said, I've always liked this graphic novel. Besides it's historical importance for Marvel, not only as the company's first graphic novel but as an example of one oft he few times they've killed a character and left them dead, it's simply a good story. Starlin's art is very nice,...more
Federiken Masters
Feb 03, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: Su mística
A decir verdad, leí esta historia dentro del tomote de Vida y muerte del Capitán Marvelt de Panini. Pero como nunca lo terminé (mejor dicho, como me salteé varios capítulos para leer directamente esta historia), marco esta vieja edición en castellano hasta nuevo aviso. Recuerdo que cuando era chico vi este libro en una comiquería de Mar del Plata y por un lado me fascinó por sus colores, la cantidad de personajes que había, el aire triste y dramático que se respiraba en todo el libro. Y por otro...more
f
Oct 10, 2008 f rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I picked this up in the course of collecting and checking out appearances of Wolverine which, by 1982 issues, is a manageable task. I recalled hearing that, for reasons mostly unknown to me, this was a classic issue. I knew it was important because it explored the (i believe) unprecedented theme of having a nearly invulnerable mainstream hero die of cancer. I also knew Starlin from a cool Hulk/Thing team-up that parodied the insanity of capitalist food production, which i realize is the most bo...more
Paul
When I first read this in 1982, I had no idea that they were reprints, so they were new to me.
Some of Marr-vell's friends and a couple of his enemies show up to pay their respects to a dying Super-Hero struck with cancer.
Now, this was back in the day where when an hero (or more likely one of his supporting cast) died, they stayed that way... well for a least a while, unlike in these days, when they die and are back in action a couple of months later in a big "Ressurection" story. So yeah, I had...more
Gustavo Hernandez
"No es justo lo que ésta ocurriendo. El capitan Marvel es uno de nosotros. Un super heroe de cuerpo entero. Nosotros morimos de un disparo o una bomba no de algo como el cancer. No puede ser." Palabras de spider-man al no poder aceptar lo que sucede, una de las muertes mas emotivas, que nos recuerda que nadie esta exento de la muerte y de lo finito que es la vida.
Mike Jensen
This attempt to write a really fine adult-themed graphic novel fails because it panders too much to the comic book fanboy sensibility. There is no reason to read this comic unless you already like super heroes, especially this character. Still, the intent is noble and within that limitation it is a partial success for the way that the story rounds off the life of a fairly popular character and for doing so in a way that is different and more life-like than the ends of other comic book heroes who...more
Williwaw
Captain Marvel did not go gently into that good night.

An interesting effort by Marvel, considering that this was the publisher's debut "graphic novel" (1982). Well done -- except that Starlin's art is not nearly as interesting here as it was in the regular Captain Marvel comic books that preceded it.
Juan
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Steve Bergstrom
One of the few comic book heroes who has actually stayed dead.
Nazary
A confused anthology but surprisingly poignant
Travis
One of the very first 'Big Event comics,' as well as being one of the best death of a character stories.

Captain Marvel returns to Titan to die, not having to face any great menace or final quest, but rather because he's been diagnosed with cancer.
The whole story is very introspective, almost Shakesperion, but still has that big, cosmic vibe that Jim Starlin is known for.

One of those death of a character stories that hits all the right emotional notes and never feels like a stunt or done as a plo...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Um….this comic is a bit like a lifetime movie, a sparse plot, plenty of sappy moments, weepy characters, and someone dies….of cancer. Pretty much nothing happens in this story beyond the death of Captain Marvel….which doesn’t come as much of a surprise SINCE IT IS THE TITLE OF THE BOOK!

The only real redeeming quality is the all-star appearances and the great art which really go hand in hand. The full page spreads of a multitude of famous faces are beautiful.
Nick
A wonderful look at the concept of death and the beauty in its nondiscriminatory nature. A must-have for comic book fans and simply those who want a good story. Begs to be compared to the likes of Watchmen and Sandman.
Hugo Resendiz
Tiene sus cosas interesantes, como la perspectiva de la muerte de un superhéroe, y el hecho de luchar contra un cáncer en lugar de villanos le da una dinámica interesante.
Gary Butler
19th book read in 2013.

Number 71 out of 310 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

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Christopher
Another library find from my stacks. I am continually amazed and how well done some of these older, major published, comics are. This is no exception.
Adam Fleming
pretty powerful story for a kid to read (read this back when i was 14 or something). most comics back then didn't deal with issues like cancer.
Mike
a jim starlin gem from 1982. probably hadn't read it since back then, too. i'm older, and mar-vell is still dead.
Jeff
One of my favorite comics. Life changing read for me
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James P. "Jim" Starlin is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Death and suicide are recurring themes in Starlin's work: Pers...more
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