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Mary Skrenes had a very different take on Ms. Marvel rejected by Marvel.
As I noted in the last Comic Book Legends Revealed, Marvel had plans for a character named Ms. Marvel well before Gerry Conway came up with the idea for the character being Carol Danvers.
It's possible that the name was even coined YEARS earlier when Marvel launched their ambitious line of female-driven titles (which I covered in a Comic Book Legends Revealed over a decade ago) in mid-1972 (the use of the word "Ms." would have been REALLY topical then, as Ms. Magazine launched early in 1972).
But whether it was created that early or not, suffice it to say that Marvel was taking pitches on the idea of a Ms. Marvel hero for quite some time before Gerry Conway came up with the idea of using Carol Danvers.
One of the novel aspects of the 1972 launch of female-led titles is that female writers were actually involved in all three of the titles.
In the case of Ms. Marvel, one of the top female writers of the era, Mary Skrenes, who was writing partners with Steve Gerber had a bold idea for Ms. Marvel.
She explained the idea to Sean Howe for Howe's awesome Marvel Comics: The Untold Story...
When Marvel asked her to take a crack at conceptualizing a superheroine with the name of Ms. Marvel, she turned in a proposal about Loretta Petta, a petite, dyslexic waitress who’d moved from a trailer park to the big city. “When she would get pissed—in the first issue, some- body robbed her diner—she would get super-adrenaline strength,” Skrenes recalled. “They didn’t want her to be tiny and dyslexic; they wanted her to be statuesque. Stan just didn’t like it.”
It's not hard to see why she was Gerber's partner, as they had a very similar style. Gerber, by the way, apparently also had a rejected Ms. Marvel pitch. I'm not sure exactly what it was, but I believe it involved her being a divorced mother with two kids.
I wonder who else made a Ms. Marvel pitch?
Thanks to Sean Howe and Mary Skrenes for the information!
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