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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.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Marvel Comics Group (first published April 1982)
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Dan Schwent
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
After collapsing after a routine fight, Captain Marvel reveals he has terminal cancer and perhaps three months to live. In his last days, he records his memoirs and gets his affairs in order.

Captain Marvel, the Protector of the Universe, is stricken with cancer and none of the super heroes and scientists in the Marvel Universe can save him. This is his swan song.

For a book written in the early 1980's, this holds up very well. Captain Marvel is on his way out and his friends come to say goodbye.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To understand the concept of "Death" in the Marvel Universe and the connection Thanos has with the entity that manifests the metaphysical concept of 'death' you should read this excellent GN.
Jun 16, 2009 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
Aug 17, 2012 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 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jeff Skott
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar-vell dies

The title says it all, but it is how he lives and dies that makes the story. Starlin's work is amazing.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Amazing work by Jim Starlin, writing a poignant and satisfying ending to a character whose legacy he helped create, all whilst pouring himself into every panel. A true work of art.
Nov 24, 2012 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
Jan 11, 2014 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
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Tony Calder
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the first in the range of graphic novels that Marvel released in the 80s. Captain Marvel had never had his own title, rather he usually guest starred in the Avengers or the Fantastic Four and occasionally other titles. The death of a superhero? Why should that rate a graphic novel? Superbeings in the Marvel Universe die fairly regularly, and they rarely stay dead.

However, this graphic novel is different - released well over 30 years ago and the character is still dead, and Mar-Vell didn'
Oct 11, 2015 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
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Decía el poeta español Leopoldo María Panero que el destino del héroe - incluso antes de nacer - era la muerte, siendo ésta una de sus necesarias matrices históricas. Pocas veces tal aseveración se reflejó como en esta novela gráfica, donde el autor aprovecha el cierre de la colección madre en 1982 para brindar un telón inesperado: La caída del héroe cósmico frente a un mal terrible, implacable y real como es el cáncer. Telón contundente y desgarrador (aunque no exento de reflexión) para un pers ...more
Jan 16, 2010 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
Wondra Vanian
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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.
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still incredible and heart breaking after all these years

I read this in my teen years and as always you expect a hero to come back. This one didn't and after all these years Marvel has not brought him back. One of the best comic stories and in the top ten
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.
Aug 10, 2012 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.
S.E. Foulk
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved it...
Timothy Boyd
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Probably the first big name super hero to die. Great story and art. Very recommended
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite comics. Life changing read for me
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
one of the first and better superheroes death ever !!!!!
Steve Bergstrom
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the few comic book heroes who has actually stayed dead.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite different to your usual superhero story. Marvel tackling cancer is quite compelling.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
the book to give to people when they ask why you read comics
Rob McMonigal
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Mar 02, 2011 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.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest graphic novels of all time

An absolute classic! This is one of my all-time favorite stories. Superb art and story by Jim Starlin. Heart breaking and inspiring.
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A superhero succumbs to cancer...friends and foes gather in his last moments to pay homage...unlike any other superhero comic I have read...
John Haslach
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been collecting a lot of Jim Starlin trades, mostly collections of his work in Infinity Gauntlet as well as Adam Warlock. As a completionist, I had to get the Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin Trade and it was good. Then the final story of The Death of Captain Marvel came up and it became fantastic. The story of Captain Marvel dying of Cancer is one of the most powerful stories Marvel has ever published. It is a sobering look at a person dying of cancer and how it may be a losing battle in the ...more
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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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