Captain Marvel #57
Issue(s): Captain Marvel #57
Thanos' last plot before he died involved destroying suns by bringing them to nova, starting with our own. He's dead now, but aftereffects from that attempt are causing problems with the sun, and Captain Marvel is going crazy because he's absorbing the sun's extra energy into his own body, and he'll eventually explode, destroying the universe.
Rick Jones has brought Mar-vell to Dr. Donald Blake, but of course Marv is having trouble communicating what is going on so a fight breaks out between him and Thor.
Even when Mar-vell is able to explain the problem, he thinks the solution is to have Thor kill him. He's also expanding rapidly at this point.
Killing Mar-vell as a solution doesn't really make sense... i'd think either Mar-vell's body would continue to absorb the energy or it would stop draining the excess energy from the sun, and the sun would explode per Thanos' original plan. Luckily Thor is more level-headed than Captain Marvel, so he uses Mjolnir to trigger the Nega-bands, opening a portal to the Negative Zone where the energy is siphoned, creating a new star there.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Needs to take place while Thor is on Earth; i have it between Thor #266-267 along with a number of other Thor appearances. Rick Jones was seen on a plane leaving for Europe in issue #55, and he's also in Europe in issue #60, but he's in New York with Mar-vell in this issue. There's an argument to be made that this issue should be placed out of sequence and somewhere earlier (perhaps closer to Avengers annual #7; see References below), due to Rick's appearance and to improve the (small c) continuity regarding Mar-vell's job at the space observatory between issues #56 and #58. But alternatively Rick could be briefly back in the US for a publicity tour since he also appears on Saturday Night Live in Marvel Team-Up #74. So i'm leaving this in sequential order with the assumption that the time-delayed sun problems caused by Thanos manifested while Rick happened to be back in the States.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Seems like this issue also has some inks from Terry Austin
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | June 20, 2013 6:34 PM
Other people at Sean Howe Tumblr claim it is Klaus Janson
Posted by: Jay Gallardo | June 20, 2013 6:43 PM
I see that the GCD says Terry Austin inked page 27 per Steven Tice. I have a panel from page 27 in this entry; it's the one with the giant Captain Marvel shouting "Why?". But i can't tell if the inks are really different.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 20, 2013 7:09 PM
"McKenzie" could be Dickie McKenzie, a female writer/staffer at Marvel at the time.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 21, 2013 4:38 PM
Even worse, we aren't told what flavor the Starburst was. I was always partial to orange.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 21, 2013 4:40 PM
According the the UHBMCC, the only credit Roberta "Dickie" McKenzie has is for a feature in Marvel Super Special #17. I'm not saying she couldn't have written this but it seems a lot less likely than Roger.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 21, 2013 9:52 PM
For what it's worth, mycomicshop's web-site has Roger McKenzie listed as the writer.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | June 22, 2013 12:07 AM
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