The Death of Captain Marvel is one of those stories that routinely show up on critics “best of” lists, but that you never get around to reading. Well, it has been that way for me anyway. But I recently remedied that as I had to read it to see if it fit in with the Spider-Man Complete Chronology. Given I’m writing about it in this column series and not in a Chronology update, I think reveals the answer to that.
More about The Death of Captain Marvel and it’s place in Spider-Man lore after the break.
If you are old like me you probably remember Marvel Super Hero Contest Of Champions. It’s a series with a backstory perhaps more interesting than the series itself. It also paved the way for all those mega crossovers you love/loathe today.
Contest was Marvel’s first limited series. It was also the first time that one of the big two had all of their heroes come together to battle a single threat. And while it had no endless amount of tie-in books, it clearly set the stage for the original Secret Wars and DC’s Crisis On Infinite Earth’s, which would appear not long after.
When I dropped off my resume to Gabbing Geek, one of the big draws to them was the work I had done on my own Spider-Man chronology. Once I was hired (and grossly underpaid) it took a while but the Spider-Man Complete Chronology finally made it to the site. There were several updates, but then…nothing. No updates since April 30th. But why?