"The 200th issue of the Avengers proved controversial when Ms. Marvel was kidnapped by a character named Marcus — the apparent son of Avengers foe Immortus‚ and taken to an alternate dimension, where she was brainwashed, seduced, and impregnated. The character gives birth on Earth to a child that rapidly ages into another version of Marcus, who takes Ms. Marvel back to the alternate dimension with no opposition from the Avengers. Feminist and comic book historian Carol A. Strickland criticized the storyline in an essay titled "The Rape of Ms. Marvel." Citing Marcus's line ". . . Finally, after relative weeks of such efforts — and admittedly, with a subtle boost from Immortus' machines — you became mine," Strickland posited that Ms. Marvel's impregnation was simply rape by another name.
Former writer of the solo title Chris Claremont also commented on the inappropriateness of the storyline, and effectively "undid" the story in Avengers Annual #10 (Dec. 1980)."
Thank God Chris Claremont undid this, a story horrible in content and stupidity (I generally don't like "dimension hopping" stories).
And I agree (and enjoyed your post with the history) that at the time, comics needed these steps forward, we needed the Lady Liberators to make the point, to draw focus. But this is 2009. We have moved on, equality is here, and I just don't think the fight is needed.
We have Emma Frost, Sue Storm, Storm, Ms. Marvel, Spiderwoman, Black Widow, Mockingbird, half the Runaways, all with female leaders, females taking center stage. And I don't think it's because of their gender, but their character. And THAT means the battle is won.
And soon we will have a gay Avenger, a gay Dark Avengers (come on, Daken wants Ares, we all know it ), a gay Thunderbolt; Northstar's back in X-men, and then the battle to have a gay character in mainstream comics will be won too. Times are good my friend. Times are good.
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