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What's with the name?

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Captain Marvel

Essay

Greg Rucka Has Something Important To Say About Your Gatekeeping Of Women In Geek Culture

[Editor's Note: With creator Greg Rucka's permission, we're republishing a piece he wrote on his personal blog in its entirety. Some strong language to follow from a husband and father who's fed up. The topic of conversation? The above t-shirt design spotted at WonderCon this past weekend.]

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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Meanwhile...

Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey

“While many stores report that their children’s comics sections continue to grow, the demographic that seems to be growing the fastest is young women, aged 17–33. Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are “a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies. New titles aimed at this group are an important part of this. Books like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Young Avengers have been particularly successful.’ Data from a reader survey by digital comics vendor Comixology supports what retailers are seeing. Chip Mosher, Comixology’s v-p, communications and marketing, confirmed that 20% of its new customers in the third quarter of 2013 were females ages 17–26.”Shannon O’Leary writing for Publishers Weekly on findings in a recent comics retailer survey.

Previously in Women and Comics

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Fetch

Jaimie Alexander Will Guest Judge A Marvel-Centric Episode Of Project Runway: Under the Gunn

On Thursday, April 3rd at 9 PM ET/PT something magical will happen on Lifetime. An episode of Project Runway: Under the Gunn will feature the remaining designers coming up with Marvel Comics-inspired fashions. Marvel, you are officially winning at life.

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Oh Hollywood

Kevin Feige Continues to Say Infuriating Things About a Solo Black Widow Movie, Teases Captain Marvel Instead

Someone serve this dude some breakfast, ’cause he is waffling!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Free Daryl Mask With Any Daryl Purchase!

Yeah, so there’s a new online store for AMC’s The Walking Dead merchandise and this is one of their promotions. If you take advanage of it, please take pictures. (via sys-con

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Marvel’s Captain Marvels Part Two!

Last week, we looked at the first two Marvel Comics heroes called Captain Marvel. This time around, we’re going to explore the later heroes to use that name: Genis-Vell (son of Mar-Vell), Phyla-Vell (daughter of Mar-Vell) Khn’nr (a confused Skrull), Noh-Varr (teenage Kree from a parallel universe), and Carol Danvers (original Ms. Marvel and all-around bad-ass).

Anyway, let’s meet the Captain Marvel Jr. Wait, no, that’s not his name. His name is . . .

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Marvel’s Many Captain Marvels!

Last week, we talked about Billy Batson, the original Captain Marvel AKA Captain Thunder AKA Shazam. He was created by Fawcett Comics and is now owned by DC Comics. But this time around, we’re talking about the heroes who have used that name over in the Marvel Comics Universe.

The first Captain Marvel’s original run of adventures, and Fawcett Comics, ended in 1954. In 1961, the company which had originally been called Timely Publications, and was known during the 50s’ as Atlas, rebranded itself as Marvel Comics, referencing the title of the first series the company published in 1939. That same year saw the publication of Fantastic Four #1, which was the true start of the Marvel Universe as we know it. Six years later, Marvel trademarked the comic book title “Captain Marvel” since no one else was using it at the time. Now all they needed was a character to use the name.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – DC’s Captain Marvel

There have been a fair number of characters using the name Captain Marvel. So this is part one of our look at the topic. We are starting with the original character to use that name, Billy Batson, a character who often has simply been called “Shazam” and whose successor took that as his official name in 2006. In the “New 52″ universe of DC Comics, Billy and his related characters were recently rebooted and now he is simply called Shazam. We’ll talk about the Marvel Comics characters called Captain Marvel in our next piece. Shall we begin?

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Here’s Ms. Marvel!

Have you read the new Ms. Marvel #1? Seriously, you need to. What a wonderful book and it needs your support, so don’t just hope your store has copies, call in and pre-order. Let them know they need to carry this book. Okay, enough lecturing. It’s time we took a look at those women who have worn the heroic name of “Ms. Marvel.” Let’s start the action! 

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Who Else Is Venom?

Last week, we looked at the original Venom villain Eddie Brock, and discussed how he was created. Now, we’re going to take a look at the other folks who have worn the name and appearance of “Venom.” Now, it’s true that the living alien costume that turns its hosts into Venom has spawned other symbiotes such as Carnage, Mania and others. But they can get their own focus at some point. If we include them here, this piece is just going to be too long. Thanks for your patience and let’s get on with the show! 

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