Characters Appearing: Captain Mar-vell, Gertie, Mordecai P. Boggs, Nitro, Rick Jones, Wonder Man
Captain Marvel #54
Issue(s): Captain Marvel #54
Nitro manages to pull himself together, and he goes after Captain Marvel.
CM defeats him really quickly by trapping part of him in the tank of a gas truck.
The fight doesn't begin until page 22. Most of this issue is about Captain Marvel and Rick taking stock of their lives now that they are separated. Rick is about to take his musical act to Europe, and Captain Marvel is deciding what to do with his life.
Here's that Cockrum splash:
As Nitro first starts to reform, an onlooker wonders if he is "some of that CIA brain gas that the Bugle was warnin' about".
Is that a reference to something specific? The Daily Bugle is supposed to be a straightforward and respectable newspaper, but that sounds like conspiracy theory stuff.
Before checking in with Mordecai, Rick drops by the Avengers Mansion, and nearly gets Wonder Man killed by interrupting his training session, something they don't really comment on.
Rick calls the Avengers' training area a "Danger Room". As Luis notes in the comments, the first time it was said that the Avengers had a Danger Room (specifically) was in Iron Fist #12.
This is a pretty content-free issue. It's Scott Edelman's penultimate, with issue #55 beginning a storyline that will be concluded by Doug Moench.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Rick's current girlfriend Gertie is still under the impression that Rick has been kidnapped at the start of this issue, so i've kept this relatively close to CM #50-53. That pushes it way back in publication time but that actually seems to work ok since Wonder Man is wearing his pre-Avengers #161 costume (minus the cowl).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
A "Brownie" was an old-style camera.
Note the X-Men comic on the ground in the Cockrum page.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 21, 2013 4:33 PM
Where are Leonard and Sheldon?
Posted by: Gary Himes | October 18, 2013 11:46 AM
Gary, your nerd privileges have been revoked. Please report to your nearest local comic shop for reindoctrination.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 18, 2013 12:00 PM
I simply could not resist. :-)
Posted by: Gary Himes | October 20, 2013 11:19 PM
Per Scott Edelman:the original last page was by Tuska and showed Mar-Vell readying to fight Wonder Man, but Scott decided to change the book's direction and had the cliffhanger scrapped.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 8, 2014 6:04 PM
Iron Fist #12 (of all places) is the first appearance of the Avengers Mansion Danger Room that I am aware of. It was published a few months prior, I think.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | December 5, 2014 8:31 PM
They had a training room in issue 66 that Ultron tampered with in an attempt to kill Tony.
Posted by: Michael | December 5, 2014 11:47 PM
Was it called Danger Room? Iron Fist's was. It even had pre-programmed sequences.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | December 6, 2014 3:49 AM
What is going on with Wonder Man's costume in this issue? It always bugged me.
Posted by: Scott | December 16, 2015 9:55 AM
Cockrum's splash pays homage to Colan's Marvel Super-Heroes #12 cover, the issue that featured Mar-Vell's debut.
Posted by: Shar | December 21, 2015 6:54 PM
@Scott: Wonder Man is using his original costume, minus the top of his mask.
That places this issue chronologically between Avengers #153 and #160. Defenders #47 also happens during this time period.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | December 23, 2015 6:11 PM
But he's wearing half of his mask for some reason... which suggests the helmet is completely independent from the goggles.
Posted by: Scott | December 24, 2015 5:01 AM
Maybe it is not intentional, but the guy who watches Mar-Vell take the hat and coat and wishes to photograph him looks a lot like a bald Paul Gambi.
Gambi, believe it or else, is a DC character, specifically a Flash supporting character - the tailor of the Rogues Gallery. I kid you not. Two of his relatives ended up appearing in Flash and Black Lightning stories as well.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | June 29, 2016 3:21 AM
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