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Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1977):
“This Woman, This Warrior!”
by Gerry Conway, Carla Conway, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, etc.

Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1

Title: “This Woman, This Warrior!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 1977

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Gerry Conway, Carla Conway
Art by: John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dave Hunt


26 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Captain Marvel Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers)
(lead character)
hero
CBR Scale: I Protestant
U.S. Air Force; The Avengers...  Marvel 784
Mary Jane Watson Mary Jane Watson supporting character
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown)
[was wife of Peter Parker (Spider-Man)] Marvel 1,827
J. Jonah Jameson J. Jonah Jameson supporting character
CBR Scale: M hates Spider-Man
[Peter Parker's boss; Spider-Man's denouncer] Marvel 1,719
Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson supporting character
  black Marvel 739
The Scorpion Scorpion (Mac Gargan) villain hero
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
The Thunderbolts; The Masters of Evil...  Marvel 315
The Destructor Dr. Kerwin Korman villain scientist
  A.I.M.
[eventually merged with Doomsday Man robot]
Marvel 12
Frankie Frankie villain
  [bank robber] Marvel 1
Phil Phil villain
  [bank robber] Marvel 1
Gunner Gunner villain
  [bank robber] Marvel 1
Spider-Man Peter Parker
(2-panel cameo, pg. 6, panels 1-2) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
The Avengers; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 10,664
Suzy Suzy
(1-panel cameo, pg. 3, panel 3)
supporting character
 indeterminate  [admired Ms. Marvel] Marvel 1
Hewlit Hewlit
(1-panel cameo, pg. 8, panel 1)
supporting character
 indeterminate  [worked in Carol Danvers' building] Marvel 1
HYDRA
(mentioned, pg. 7, panel 4) 
villain group
CBR Scale: S HYDRA
[largest worldwide subversive organization] Marvel 283
Kree Kree
(mentioned) 
supporting character group
CBR Scale: S Kree religion
[alien race] Marvel 238
Captain Marvel Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)
(mentioned) 
hero
CBR Scale: S Kree religion
Kree
[former captain of Kree star fleet]
Marvel 142
Sentry 459 Sentry 459 (Kree Inter-Galactic Sentry 459)
(mentioned, pg. 15, panel 2) 
villain
CBR Scale: I N.A.
Heavy Metal Marvel 28
King Kong King Kong
(mentioned, pg. 4, panel 2) 
lead character
CBR Scale: I N.A.
ape
[gigantic ape]
RKO Radio Pictures 40
The Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four
(mentioned, pg. 15, panel 2) 
hero group
  [1st app: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961)] Marvel 100
Dr. Michael Barnett Dr. Michael Barnett
(mentioned, pg. 8, panel 1) 
supporting character
  [close friend of Ms. Marvel] Marvel 9
The Valkyrior The Valkyrior
(mentioned, pg. 1, panel 1) 
supporting character deity
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic demigoddesses
[bring honored dead to Valhalla] Marvel 29
The Avengers The Avengers
(mentioned, pg. 15, panel 2) 
hero group
  [1st app: The Avengers (vol. 1) #1 (Sep. 1963)] Marvel 100
Lynda Carter Lynda Carter
(mentioned, pg. 3, panel 3) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S born again Protestant
Christian (temporary)
[played Wonder Woman on TV] Marvel 93
Olive Oyl Olive Oyl
(mentioned, pg. 3, panel 3) 
supporting character comic strip character
  [Popeye's girlfriend] King Features Syndicate 462
Kate Millett Kate Millett
(mentioned, pg. 5, panel 2) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: M LGBT Feminist; Catholic (raised)
[wrote book Sexual Politics (1970)] Marvel 8
Diana Ross Diana Ross
(mentioned, pg. 6, panel 2) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Baptist
black Marvel 188
Norman Mailer Norman Mailer
(mentioned, pg. 11, panel 1) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: S Jewish
[film director; poet...] Marvel 55

Reprints of this comic:
Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1 (Feb. 2006): "This Woman, This Warrior!"

Excerpts

BELOW: J. Jonah Jameson: I hate super-heroes! J. Jonah Jameson hires Carol Danvers to be the new editor of Woman magazine. Her first assignment is to write an expose on New York's newest super-hero, Ms. Marvel. When Danvers asks why, Jameson explains: "This is something else, something MORE IMPORTANT [than fashion]. I HATE super-heroes, Miss Danvers. HATE THEM!"

J. Jonah Jameson: I hate super-heroes!

Source: Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1977): "This Woman, This Warrior!", pg. 5, panel 3. Written by Gerry Conway, Carla Conway. Art by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dave Hunt. See also: hate; idiosyncratic; J. Jonah Jameson; Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

BELOW: J. Jonah Jameson's disinterest in Feminism is made clear: When J. Jonah Jameson hired Carol Danvers (secretly Ms. Marvel) to be the new editor for Woman magazine, his disinterest in contemporary Feminism is obvious. He says "yecch" to topics the magazine has tackled lately, such as "Women's Lib," an interview with famed LGBT Feminist activist Kate Millett, and careers for women. Jameson thinks a woman's magazine should focus more on "useful" topics such as diets, fashion, and recipes - topics he regards as the proper traditional concerns for women.

J. Jonah Jameson's disinterest in Feminism is made clear

Source: Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1977): "This Woman, This Warrior!", pg. 5, panels 2-3. Written by Gerry Conway, Carla Conway. Art by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dave Hunt. See also: Feminist; J. Jonah Jameson; Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

BELOW: Carol Danvers makes her strong Feminist sensibilities known: Feminism was a major theme in the first volume of Ms. Marvel comics. When hiring her as the new editor for Woman magazine, J. Jonah Jameson's disinterest in Feminism was clear. After agreeing on her salary, Ms. Marvel lays down a few rules which signify her Feminist ideas. She insists on being called "Ms. Carol Danvers." (Jameson had called her "Miss Danvers.") She also tells Jameson "forget it" when it comes to his suggestion of an editorial focus on diets and recipes.

Carol Danvers makes her strong Feminist sensibilities known

Source: Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1977): "This Woman, This Warrior!", pg. 5, panel 3, 6. Written by Gerry Conway, Carla Conway. Art by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dave Hunt. See also: Feminist; J. Jonah Jameson; Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)

BELOW: Ms. Marvel wonders where J. Jonah Jameson's "anti-superhero crusade" has gone when he needs to be rescued by her from the Scorpion: J. Jonah Jameson is being held captive by the villainous Scorpion, who intends to kill him. When Ms. Marvel arrives on the scene, Jameson pleads with her to rescue him. Note how Ms. Marvel uses the word "crusade" in connection to Jameson's strident anti-superhero stance. This word, commonly used with religious ventures, illustrates the religious-like zeal with which Jameson hates super-heroes generally and Spider-Man specifically.

Ms. Marvel wonders where J. Jonah Jameson's anti-superhero crusade has gone when he needs to be rescued by her from the Scorpion

Source: Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1977): "This Woman, This Warrior!", pg. 14, panel 1. Written by Gerry Conway, Carla Conway. Art by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dave Hunt. See also: hate; crusade; idiosyncratic; J. Jonah Jameson

BELOW: J. Jonah Jameson's hatred for Spider-Man is evident in how he reacts to Carol Danvers mentioning him: When newly hired Woman magazine editor Carol Danvers mentions Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson reacts strongly. Jameson's hatred of Spider-Man is clearly evident when he yells at Danvers: "Don't ever mention that name in this office! EVER! GET OUT!" This panel also demonstrates Jameson's general disdain for super-heroes and his nascent hatred for Ms. Marvel. Even though Ms. Marvel saved Jameson from being killed by the Scorpion, Jameson still wants Carol Danvers to write an exposé on her. He is infuriated by how (in his opinion) she made a fool out of him when she rescued him.

J. Jonah Jameson's hatred for Spider-Man is evident in how he reacts to Carol Danvers mentioning him

Source: Ms. Marvel (vol. 1) #1 (Jan. 1977): "This Woman, This Warrior!", pg. 17, panel 1. Written by Gerry Conway, Carla Conway. Art by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Dave Hunt. See also: hate; idiosyncratic; J. Jonah Jameson; Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)