Characters Appearing: Captain Mar-vell, Carol Danvers, General Bridges, Quasimodo, Solam, Una, Yon-Rogg
Captain Marvel #6
Issue(s): Captain Marvel #6
...Captain Mar-vell is returned to earth just in time to almost get hit by a car driven by Carol Danvers, who is distracted by Yon-rogg's spaceship, which is performing an emergency landing for some quick repairs. Mar-vell, in his Dr. Lawson persona, acts like he doesn't notice the strange lights, sounds, and rocket impressions in the ground, increasing Carol's suspicions of him. There's supposed to be a little romantic tension between Carol and Mar-vell but it doesn't work for me, possibly because i know nothing comes of it or possibly because Marv looks to be about 30 years older than her.
Mar-vell then returns to the lab on the cape and tries to convince a crackpot scientist not to do crazy things involving a giant mirror floating in space, harnessing the sun's energy, and apparently launching an attack on Saturn! But since Mar-vell is not on Earth to help the humans, he gets reprimanded by Yon-rogg via a wrist shock. The experiment releases Solam, some kind of solar monster that absorbs energy and grows larger.
The standard way to defeat monsters that continually grow larger is to overload them with energy so that they grow too large for their own good, and that's Mar-vell's solution here, using knowledge he has from that time on Star System 127-8. In order to add the right amount of energy, Mar-vell has the earth scientists set up a network between four super-computers. Solam is defeated, but the super-network has attracted the attention of Quasimodo.
Gene Colan has been drawing this book, and it hasn't been great but it's been ok. Don Heck draws this issue and it's extra-sketchy.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Tony Isabella has a letter here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 25, 2013 6:36 PM
"Computer energy." Who knew that was even a quantifiable thing?
Posted by: James Holt | October 8, 2016 4:48 PM
Apparently Mar-Vell had at least some hardcore fans way back then: the fanzine "E Pluribus Marvel" #4(10/68) ran a full page ad for "Captain Marvel, Man Of The Kree", a fanzine devoted entirely to him. Outside of Spider-Man, I can't think of any other Silver Age Marvel characters getting an entire fanzine to themselves. No idea if it actually got published, though...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 20, 2018 4:36 PM
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