Starlin is a Steve Ditko fan and the Doctor Strange influence on this arc is particularly obvious.
My Recent Reads
Captain Marvel #30
Originally Published January 1, 1974
Writer/Artist: Jim Starlin
- The Controller is back.
- The newly reinvented Captain Marvel wins the rematch.
- Disappointed, Thanos destroys the Controller.
Captain Marvel #31
March 1, 1974
|Moondragon via Marvel Database|
- Captain Marvel, accompanied by Moondragon, goes to Avengers' Mansion to enlist their help in the fight against Thanos.
- Among those present are Mantis and Swordsman.
- Thanos reveals that his dreams of universal conquest are driven by his love for the character Death, who, I realized for the first time in this story, is female. [Thanks to my buddy Mock for the heads-up on that one.]
- Thanos plucks Mar-Vell, Iron Man, Drax and Moondragon right out of the mansion and brings them directly to Titan, to be held in stasis along with Mentor and Eros.
- They get our of stasis and battle Thanos.
- Not only does Thanos win. He transforms himself into a god.
Captain Marvel #32
May 1, 1974
- The battle against Thanos and his minions continues.
- We get origin stories for both Drax and Moondragon.
Captain Marvel #33
July 1, 1974
Writers: Starlin and Steve Englehart
- At long last, the Thanos War comes to an end.
- First, Mar-Vell is defeated, though he rallies back to victory after he is reminded of his new Cosmic Awareness.
Captain Marvel #34
September 1, 1974
Starlin and Englehart/Starlin
- On the orders of The Lunatic Legion, Nitro steals a top-secret, government nerve agent, Compound 13.
- Mar-Vell defeats Nitro but at great cost. The gas canister is ruptured and Mar-Vell breathes in some of the fumes, a fact which will have dire, long-term consequences.
Iron Man #55
February 1, 1973
Starlin and Mike Friedrich/Starlin
- Jumping back, at this point effectively a prequel to the Captain Marvel run I've been reading.
- Thanos, Drax and the Blood Brothers are all introduced in this issue.