Characters Appearing: Captain Mar-vell, Una, Yon-Rogg
Untold Legend of Captain Marvel #3
Issue(s): Untold Legend of Captain Marvel #3
I only have the last issue of this mini series. It seems harmless enough, but also entirely unnecessary.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This comes a little before Captain Marvel's first published appearance in Marvel Super Heroes #12 (Dec 1967). At the end of this issue, Mar-Vell, Yon-Rogg, and Una are assigned to a visit on a "far-off backwater" world where "the natives have succeeded in defeating a Kree Sentry and repelling Ronan the Accuser (FF #64-65 / Jul-Aug 1967)" to determine if the planet is a threat to the Kree Empire.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
Since you only have the last issue you may be unaware of the fact that Galactus and the Silver Surfer appear in the first issue where the Big G is consuming a Kree planet while the Surfer thwarts Kree attempts to resist. Following that mission, Captain Mar-Vell is assigned to the Kree cruiser Pama for a special classified mission. Once aboard the Pama, Mar-Vell meets Colonel Yon-Rogg (who consistently wears the uniform of a major for the whole miniseries) and Medic Una for the first time. On their way to the dreaded Absolom Sector the Kree encounter a Shi'ar scoutship being attacked by three Skrull warships and lend a hand, meeting Deathbird and some members of the Imperial Guard (Fang, Oracle, Smasher and Starbolt) in the process.
At first glance the placement seems a bit contradictory since the first issue must begin before FF 48 while the last issue ends sometime after FF 64-65. However, aside from the travel time to the Absolom Sector, there are three weeks spent drifting in space and another several weeks recovering on Kree-Lar so the elapsed time for this miniseries is at least six weeks. Does this fit with the time that you have allocated for FF 48-65?
Posted by: Don Campbell | May 14, 2016 12:34 AM
Thanks for the summaries, Don.
I don't try to recreate a strict calendar with this project. I take all temporal references in relative terms. Things that happen a day ago i might put in the same entry or close together. I try to put in a little more space for a "week", etc.. But i don't try to line up temporal references between books or anything like that. With Marvel's sliding timescale that becomes moot, and realtime books published around this time might refer to last issue's events as having occurred a month ago because that's when it was published, whereas a continuity insert like this one might be taking into account the sliding timescale when it allows for "weeks" between FF #48-65.
Looking at the space i've got between FF #48-50 and this entry, it looks like that interval could definitely represent six or more weeks.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 15, 2016 10:38 AM
I enjoyed this miniseries but at the same time I agree that it seemed somewhat pointless after what had already been done with this character.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 12, 2016 8:21 PM
The point of the series may have been to maintain Marvel’s ownership of the “Captain Marvel” trademark, which of course DC would reclaim for their Shazam characters if given the opportunity.
I did enjoy it myself though -I thought the Galactus, Sh’iar and other space continuity refs were fun.
Posted by: Hugh Sheridan | April 13, 2018 11:49 PM
I don't think trademark issues were the (sole) reason for publishing this series. Under US law, a trademark needs to have been in disuse for at least 3 years before it can expire, and Marvel's previous "Captain Marvel" series (the Genis-Vell limited) ended only a year before this one started. In the past, Marvel has gone on much longer without releasing a series under that name, and they've still managed to hold on to the trademark.
Posted by: Tuomas | April 14, 2018 7:01 AM
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