Thursday, January 6, 2011
Silent But Sparkly!
Above is the cover featuring the debut of the cosmically aware Captain Marvel. He's a hero who is leaving his Kree roots behind him, and becoming the universal protector we're more familiar with. During the change he not only becomes "cosmically aware", a rather hefty term suggesting he's at one with everything and so empowered by that connection, but he becomes a blond and he picks up a sparkly trail when he flies.
Here's the original artwork for this great cover by Jim Starlin. Notice how the face is different than the published version. Now there's a face only a mother could love. It's no wonder they had John Romita touch it up.
As for Marvel's sparkly trail, that is a clear homage to another hero, one defunct at the time Marvel was revised.
Captain Atom as co-created and illustrated by Steve Ditko had the sparkly trail from the get-go. His was some sort of radioactive residue which was left in his wake. Mar-Vell's was apparently "photonic" in nature and presumably much less potentially dangerous to the general populace. Ironically Captain Atom went from being a blond to a silver-haired hero later in his career.
Here's a version of the Charlton Captain by Mar-Vell's godfather, Jim Starlin. Note the sparkles are in place.