This was originally posted on social media, just after the release of the Captain Marvel movie in early 2019.
This is every issue of Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel featuring Carol Danvers. It’s the entire 1977 run, including issues 24 and 25 that eventually got printed in 1992 in “Marvel Super Heroes.” It’s the whole 2006 run. It’s both volumes of Kelly Sue Deconnick’s run. The 2015 Secret Wars tie in, everything that’s come since, the Life of Captain Marvel mini, the first two issues of the newest series, and a bunch of other random stuff from throughout the years. I’ve been a fan of Carol for a REALLY long time, guys. I don’t have every appearance, but I have every issue where she’s the title character.
Additionally, I was part of the “Carol Corps” — fans of Captain Marvel– before that was a phrase. When Kelly Sue Deconnick put out the call, I went and designed the Carol Corps ID cards that so many people downloaded and keep in their wallets. In early 2013, the dudes at Optimystical Studios gave me the very first Carol Corps dog tag to anyone other than themselves. I’ve made some really cool friends and gotten some rad freelance work because of Carol Danvers.
I’m not trying to claim dibs, or gatekeep, or anything like that. I just wanted to point out how important this fictional woman is to me.
And I just spent the last year really afraid.
I was afraid that one of my favorite characters was about to have a movie, and what if it was the first Marvel Studios movie that wasn’t good? What if it bombed? What if the general moviegoing populace didn’t like it? What if it was as big a disappointment to me as the Michael Bay-directed Transformers movies were?
And here we are, at the end of Captain Marvel’s opening weekend. It’s officially the second-biggest opening weekend in Marvel Studios history, behind only Avengers: Infinity War. That means, as the twenty-first installment in the franchise, it out-performed NINETEEN other entries’ opening weekends in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And Brie Larson does a great job portraying Carol Danvers, a woman who is simultaneously unsure of herself and overconfident in her abilities.
It’s getting positive reviews from the majority of people who have actually seen it. It’s a genuinely fun, solid, summer movie. And we got it in March.
You guys, I am so excited to welcome so many new fans into the Carol Corps. And here’s the thing; there’s so much more Captain Marvel to consume, if you want more than just the movie. But unlike, say, Spider-Man, there’s not thousands of issues. There’s, like, 135 issues or so, plus a bunch of appearances in Avengers and a few guest spots elsewhere. It’s actually a reasonable amount of content.
To join the Carol Corps, all you have to do is 1: say, “I like Captain Marvel and I’m in the Carol Corps,” and 2: That’s it. That’s all you have to do.
So hey, newbies, if you want some help jumping in to Carol and her adventures under her various codenames, let me know. I’ll help you out, and direct you to what issues or graphic novel collections you should buy to learn more about your new favorite character.
I don’t have every detail of every issue memorized, but I can point you in the right direction.
Welcome to the Carol Corps.