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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - So HOW Old Is Captain America's Girlfriend?!?

The following issue, we learn that it is PEGGY Carter, the gal from Cap's past! Englehart explains all...

Their big reunion...

Later, after the bad guys are all defeated...

So that was the set-up for years. Peggy was Sharon's older sister and Peggy became a supporting character in Cap's book and in the Avengers. She served as a SHIELD agent had a relationship with Gabe Jones (an interracial relationship - impressive, Marvel!) and she eventually worked as a support staff for the Avengers.

It was not a major issue when Sharon Carter was presumed dead (see this Abandoned An' Forsaked for more information), but when she is back and still the same age as Cap, it got to be kind of weird when we were now fifty, sixty and seventy years away from World War II.

The way it was handled for years was by just not using Peggy Carter. She sort of just vanished after Sharon returned. She was not used from the mid-90s until just a few years ago, when Ed Brubaker deftly abandoned an' forsaked the whole sister angle and the two are now niece and aunt...

Brubaker later showed Peggy suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, likely explaining where she disappeared to for all those years.

Of course, the presumption is that while Sharon is calling her "aunt" she is really Sharon's GRAND-Aunt, as 2011's Captain America #1 by Brubaker and Steve McNiven (holy crap, how awesome is this McNiven art?) shows us Cap reflecting on how it is sometimes easy to forget that he is a man from the past until, of course, one of his old friends dies. Here, Peggy passes away as a 91-year-old....

So the odds are that Sharon is too young to have a 91-year-old aunt. More likely she was Sharon's grand-aunt.

If you have a suggestion for a future Abandoned an' Forsaked, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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