Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan, Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, debuted in Marvel Super-Heroes issue 13 in 1968. Nowadays, Danvers might be the most powerful superhero on Marvel’s roster, but her journey to the stars hasn’t been easy. 

Danvers’ history is checkered due, primarily, to Marvel’s indecisiveness. In the Silver Age, Marvel writers couldn’t decide whether she should be a strong woman, a superhero in her own right, or a glorified damsel. As a result, fans were faced with some strange story arcs, some of which were pretty traumatic for Danvers and readers alike.

In spite of everything that’s happened to her, ...

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