I’ve been enjoying Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy’s new Captain Marvel series so much that I recently picked up Essential Ms. Marvel Volume 1 at my local comic shop. It collects the Ms. Marvel run from the late 1970s, when Carol Danvers was the editor of Woman magazine and turned into Ms. Marvel to bust up bad guys. So really, she was Gloria Steinem with superpowers. That’s right up my alley.
The stories are a good time, in that Bronze Age kind of way, but one panel in particular really amused me. It’s from the first issue, just after Ms. Marvel took down a bad guy:
That dude rocking the sunglasses is saying:
That little lady makes Lynda Carter look like Olive Oyl!
Ms. Marvel #1 came out in 1977, so the Wonder Woman TV show would have been on the air at the time. So:
a) Burn!! They’re basically saying that Ms. Marvel is way awesomer than Wonder Woman. A little bit of the DC/Marvel rivalry was coming out there.
b) Apparently the Wonder Woman TV show existed in the Marvel universe, so presumably you can buy DC comics in the Marvel universe too. And not Marvel comics, since their heroes are just real people in the Marvel universe. I wonder if DC has a rival publisher there? Maybe Fawcett survived? Or Charlton?
Anyway, I was amused. And I recommend checking out the old Ms. Marvel comics. They’re a good time. Plus Mary Jane Watson is in a bunch of them, and she’s always fun. It would be cool if she showed up in the new Captain Marvel series. The new series does seem to reference the old one sporadically, from female astronauts to the more Marvelly costume to Carol having a bad time of it underwater on both of their eighth covers:
The new series hasn’t had a date on the beach between Carol and her therapist though. Maybe next month.
So yeah, that was an amusing dig at Wonder Woman in Ms. Marvel #1. Way to make it clear that there’s a new female hero in town!!