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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.
Published September 1st 1994 by Marvel Comics Group (first published April 1982)
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Jun 16, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Feb 21, 2014 Devero rated it really liked it
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
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
Gary Butler
Jun 09, 2013 Gary Butler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
19th book read in 2013.

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

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Oct 11, 2015 Tommy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This book is a classic. I enjoyed it but didn't love it. I think I would enjoy it more if I was more familiar with Mar Vell as quite a bit of the series is focused around how much he meant to everyone in the Marvel universe. I did find it very interesting that he was dying of cancer rather than in battle and made for a particularly compelling story.

The Thanos twist at the end was good too but then again I feel like Thanos always adds a cool wrinkle to stories. Sad tale and, I believe one of the
Federiken Masters
Feb 03, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 10, 2008 f rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Jan 13, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2014 Patrickderaaff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only thing that interests me about Captain Marvel, is his ties to Thanos. That is the reason the graphic novel contained in this collection stayed with me after all this time, it holds an interesting part of Thanos' past. But it is also a powerful story, that shows that even superhuman beings can die from a very human disease. And it shows how much Jim Starlin has grown as a writer from his earlier 70's stories. The emotions of the characters suffering to accept the reality of what is happen ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Adan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For such a mort, Nitro sure finds a way to finagle himself into some pretty important bits of Marvel continuity. More Starlin cosmic tales, this time featuring the end of one of the first cosmic heroes around. I gotta say, though, no way does a cosmic superhero die from cancer in a comic book universe. It's possibly the most unbelievable thing in a multiverse full of unbelievable things.
Gustavo Hernandez
Jun 19, 2014 Gustavo Hernandez rated it it was amazing
"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
Nov 11, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
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
Jun 11, 2014 Williwaw rated it liked it
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.
Stephen Snyder
This is the first graphic novel that I ever read. In fact, in never heard of the term until I bought this book. It was such an incredible story that I read it several times the year that it came out. I was deeply moved by the story. A "Must-Read" for any true Marvel fan.
Nov 24, 2014 Raul rated it liked it
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Wondra Vanian
Aug 02, 2015 Wondra Vanian rated it really liked it
Shelves: death, comics, heroes, marvel
So, so ahead of its time.

If you've ever lost someone to cancer, this one really hits you in the gut. I can't believe Marvel tackled such a heartbreaking topic so long ago.

That being said, the artwork on this one is not my favourite.
Jun 28, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure I've ever read of a hero dying by ******, before. I'm not sure if this wasn't a precedent in 1982.
Mar 03, 2013 Juan rated it it was amazing
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 06, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the first big name super hero to die. Great story and art. Very recommended
Steve Bergstrom
Jul 16, 2014 Steve Bergstrom rated it it was amazing
One of the few comic book heroes who has actually stayed dead.
Apr 16, 2014 Nazary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A confused anthology but surprisingly poignant
Gavin Jefferson
Jan 19, 2015 Gavin Jefferson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book, unexpected, emotional ending. Loved it.
May 26, 2010 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books, classics
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
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.
Andreas Strom
Oct 05, 2015 Andreas Strom rated it liked it
Not overly impressed by this. But then, I didn't really know anything about the character before reading this.
Oliver Bateman
Feb 18, 2015 Oliver Bateman rated it really liked it
Starlin hasn't yet hit his stride as a writer--he'd get there with Gauntlet and The Thanos Quest, plus his run on Surfer--but his bravura art has rarely been better, and this touted-in-its-time TPB has one heck of an ending.
Aug 10, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 02, 2013 Hugo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Mar 02, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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