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Essential Captain Marvel, Vol. 1 (Essential Captain Marvel #1)

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He made a big Return during Civil War, but how'd he get here in the first place? Watch the wonders of Mar-Vell right from the start in stories reprinted for the first time in more than 25 years! Earth's newest protector faces such forgotten furies as Mandroid, Man-Slayer, and the Metazoid - along with the Super-Skrull, Ronan the Accuser, and more of the deadliest dynamos ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 18th 2008 by Marvel (first published 2008)
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Jan 17, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok
This volume collects the first run of Captain Marvel up until its cancellation in 1970. That's right; this book was cancelled after #21... Don't be fooled by the fact that the next issue was #22; that issue didn't come out until two years' later. Yep, they picked up the numbering where it left off... Hard to believe in this day and age where Marvel books get a new number one every time a character farts!

But I digress... This book really is for hardcore Captain Marvel fans and Marvel historians o
Due to the announcement of a projected 2018 movie based on the recent Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel, I wanted to study up on the original hero of whom I had almost no knowledge.

The original Captain Marvel was a Kree war hero, Captain Mar-Vell, who came to Earth to assess whether or not humans were a threat to the Kree Empire. (The Kree played a small part in the recent Guardians of the Galaxy film, from which Ronan the Accuser went rogue.) Mar-Vell took on the persona of a deceased rob
Jun 30, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
In 1967, Marvel introduced their Captain Marvel, preventing DC using the name when they re-introduced the classic character in the 1970s (DC titled their series Shazam!). The Marvel version, a Kree anti-hero, initially bears little resemblance to his name forbearer. After a series of complicated and inane events, Captain Marvel eventually finds himself trapped in the dimensional wasteland, the Negative Zone, and can only escape when changing places with the teenager Rick Jones. Later under the s ...more
Jason Luna
Dec 13, 2015 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marcus-books
An example of a great character idea, and not exactly knowing what to do with him.

The best stuff is early on. A little surprising, because even though Marvel was getting really good in the late '60s, you don't expect a book edited by Stan Lee to be that hip and with it.

But they give you pretty clever mystery to start with. Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree empire (see what they did there? His alien name is almost the name of the book and the publishing company? Pretty sneaky, Stan. Pretty sneaky) com
Adam Graham
Oct 13, 2014 Adam Graham rated it really liked it
There's power to longevity and retelling of heroic origin tales and that illustrated better nowhere else than in the case of Mar-vell of the Kree, a character who Marvel killed off and never brought back in his original form back in the 1980s. To many comic fans and certainly to the general public, Mar-vell is rather obscure which is why I'm so thankful for this very enjoyable collection which features the original Captain Marvel story from Marvel Superheroes #12-13 along with Issues 1-21 of ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superheroes
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Elina Gomberg
Aug 29, 2016 Elina Gomberg rated it liked it
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From issue 1 to 17 we get to meet a lot of interesting characters and get to know them, such as Carol Danver, the future ms. Marvel, Ronan the Accuser and more. But the plot is very repetitive and in each issue, Captain Marvel fights against the villain of the day. I have to mention issue 19 "The Mad Master of the Murder Maze!" seems like a nice wink to Burrhus Frederic Skinner's experiments on rats, although I am not sure that this is intentional. After issue 19 Captain Marvel shares a body ...more
Robert Wright
Oct 07, 2014 Robert Wright rated it really liked it
This is a great collection for those who can groove to the 60s Marvel style—hyperbolic, melodramatic, action-packed, and fun ,fun, fun!

Though part of me will always resent Marvel (the company) from stealing the Captain Marvel monicker out from under Fawcett (and later DC), I've always equally loved Marvel's cosmic heroes. The rip-off is especially glaring when the character is retooled in a bonded form with teenage sidekick extraordinaire Rick Jones.

But don't let that quibble get in the way. Thi
Reprints Marvel Super-Heroes #12-13, Captain Marvel #1-21, and Not Brand Echh #9. Captain Mar-Vell comes to Earth as a Kree spy and ends up helping protect Earth. Captain Marvel starts out strong, kind of falls out for a while, and then works to get back on track. The first part of the book is interesting and even tense at some points while Captain Mar-Vell tries to maintain his loyalties to the Kree, to Earth, and hide his secret identity. It begins to grow old however and a radical changing ...more
Sesho Maru
Mar 07, 2012 Sesho Maru rated it it was ok
As is usual with most comics from the 1960s, this first volume was a whole lot of silly. When it ends the books is JUST barely getting into the cosmic arc, but the writing is only a little above awful. One of my favorite scenes is where Captain Marvel makes the mistake of signing a hotel guest book as "C. Marvel". Uh, so long to the secret identity, you idiot! The books gets a lot better when Gil Kane takes over the art, but even when he's paired with the usually reliable Roy Thomas there just ...more
Holden Attradies
Carol Danvers is my favorite character, so I was reading this mostly to get a complete history of her's. It was what's to be expected from marvel this old: a little cheesy, a lot of sexism, and way to wordy. But in spite of all of that it was pretty fun.

The tone of the story changed about half way through the book. It went from being about an alien anti-hero to being more of a normal earth bound secret identity story. It was fun stuff, and worth the read for people interested in Marvel history.
Craig Tyler
Nov 14, 2010 Craig Tyler rated it really liked it
Shelves: comicbooks
Ok, so the art was awesome. I mean, 1960's art with dynamic poses and strorytelling are just great. Is the story that engrossing? Well, let's call it good and not always predictable. The best part about this collection though has to be the inclusion of not only a spoof of the comic itself, but original pencils and sketches in the back of Captain Mar-Vell. Nice touch.
Jul 27, 2016 Ryan rated it it was ok
This was an incredibly mixed bag, which is probably not helped by the inconsistency in the creative teams throughout the book. There's an interesting core idea here of an alien warrior sent to be an infiltrator and sabateur, who ends up wanting to be a superhero - but it's so trapped in Silver Age tropes about what a superhero book ought to be that it never realizes its potential.
Karl Kindt
Sep 16, 2009 Karl Kindt rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Great art in just about every part of the run of this series, and some brilliant flashes of greatness from a few of the writers. Of the dozen or more Essential volumes I have read, this was my favorite and the one with the steadiest quality. Great soap opera sci-fi, with a super hero tinge.
Guy Robinson
Jul 16, 2013 Guy Robinson rated it really liked it
Classic, dramatic and corny. This Essentials collection delivers.

Captain Marvel suffers from a lack of direction during the run of this series but these problems are to expected on less popular titles.

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