"The Child is Father To..." or, "So many levels of EW."
Gather 'round, chilluns, it's storytime.
I was originally intending to post some Christian-comic cheese, but having the memory of this brought up made me insistent on sharing the pain, especially since the original S_D went bust and took this with it. Thus, I bring you the story of how Carol Danvers gave birth to her own rapist, featuring pages and partial pages from Avengers #197-200*.
Once upon a time, Ms. Marvel and Scarlet Witch are walking along a beach, discussing Wanda's growing desire to have children, when suddenly, Marvel collapses.
Wanda rushes her to the hospital, where she gets a massive surprise.
And not only is Marvel pregnant, the baby is growing at a rate no baby should, and yet it's not causing her any added physical stress. But emotional stress... hoo boy.
Meanwhile, the other Avengers have been off dealing with a giant mecha called the Red Ronin, and are more than a little surprised to come home to a pregnant lady on the couch.
While the initial mood at the coming of a baby is joyous, later that night, things are more subdued, as they worry about their teammate.
They all gather to keep an eye on the labor, but it's not exactly the usual sort.
After an amazingly quick and painless birth, the happy mood's returned over the brand new and seemingly healthy baby boy, but, understandably, not everyone's sharing it.
Things start to calm down, until it becomes evident that the pregnancy isn't the only thing that grew abnormally fast.
Damn, that last panel's really creepy looking. Anyway.
Meanwhile, Carol's very much over being the vessel for some creepy kid, but decides to take the advice to confront the problem...
Who's becoming a bigger problem by the minute.
And as if this weren't bad enough, at the same time that the creepy kid's continuing to shoot up at an impossible rate, reality is going haywire. Dinosaurs popping up in Central Park, etc. And then, when Carol does go see 'her' child...
And several pages of reality-chaos later, the levels of creepy just shoot right off the charts as Marcus is forced to explain what the hell is going on.
In case y'all missed that bit, allow me to make it bigger.
Once again, EW.
...Er, guys? Did you totally forget that he can do mind control? Why are you just- oh, fuck it, nevermind.
And thus, one of the creepiest stories to come out of comics in 1980 closes, and Carol Danvers vanishes from the comics for a bit. But not without some noise, as a lot of people, including some Marvel staff, thought this story was way over the top in skeeze. Chris Claremont was so annoyed that when he brought Carol back as part of the X-Men storyline in Avengers Annual #10, he had her explicitly call the Avengers out for being complete dumbasses in allowing Marcus to waltz off with her without even making sure she really was going willingly.