My favorite character in the Marvel Universe is Carol Danvers. In this blog I will trace her near-fifty-year history in comic books, beginning with her first appearance, in preparation for the Captain Marvel movie set to release on March 8, 2019 and star Brie Larson. With determination and luck, I will make it to the present day by then. Comments and discussion are welcome, of course. I will attempt to update weekly and I will be doing complete storylines instead of individual issues. "The Coming of Captain Marvel!" Marvel Super-Heroes #12 Marvel Super-Heroes #13 Captain Marvel #1 published December 1967-May 1968 written by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas, penciled by Gene Colan Carol Danvers actually doesn't appear until Marvel Super-Heroes #13, part 2 of this story, but given her connection to the original Captain Marvel I'm going to grandfather in #12, which is his first appearance. And it might be awkward to discuss parts 2 and 3 of a story but not part 1. A starship of the alien Kree arrives at Earth, carrying Captain Mar-Vell and commanded by the sinister Colonel Yon-Rogg, who vies with Mar-Vell for the affections of the ship's medic Una. Mar-Vell's mission is to determine if humans have become enough of a threat to the Kree that they need to be eradicated. He takes on the identity of Dr. Walter Lawson, an expert on missile guidance systems, who was killed in a failed assassination attempt Yon-Rogg made on Mar-Vell. As Lawson, Mar-Vell takes a position at Cape Kennedy and begins investigating humanity's scientific progress. There he meets General Bridges, who brings him in on a top-secret project... Yon-Rogg reactivates the Sentry remotely, knowing that it will begin destroying the base and hoping it will kill Mar-Vell, who is compelled to fight it. During the battle, Carol becomes curious about their apparent defender... Mar-Vell defeats the Sentry and is hailed as a hero by the base personnel, but he flies away before anyone can question him. So in Carol's first appearance, she's established as a great chief of security for an important missile base, suspicious of the stranger Dr. Lawson, but perhaps a bit enamored of the far stranger Captain Marvel. And yet, despite her position of authority, her concerns are dismissed by the base commander and she falls into the "damsel in distress" trope so common in comics of the era. An ignominious debut, perhaps, but of course at this point, she was only intended to be the female love interest of the male hero.